Angel Locsin expressed her gratitude to the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) for giving her a tribute for her efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to FDCP, she was given the Cinemadvocate Award “for her exemplary humanitarian work that inspires all in the film industry and gives profound credence to all actors who share their talent and influence for the good of many.”
On Instagram, the 35-year-old actress shared a video created by FDCP where some of the people closest to her attested to how she made sure she was able to provide tents for various hospitals around Metro Manila under her #UniTENT project.
Dimples Romana, one of her closest friends, was among those who shared testimonies of Angel’s efforts.
According to Dimples, she’s “still in awe” of how Angel remained as a person with a “heart of gold” even up to this day.
“I’m still in awe of how great she is as an actor and as an artist. Angel kasi has really a heart of an angel, a heart of gold. Each time something comes out — bagyo, lindol, COVID, Angel is always making sure that nakakapagbigay siya, nakakatulong siya, nakakapaglingkod siya. At the time na pumutok ang COVID, I remember that Neil and Angel were already out there,” Dimples said.
Meanwhile, her fiancé Neil Arce recalled how he and Angel came up with the decision to provide tents during the pandemic.
“Hindi kasi namin alam ano ang mangyayari eh. We were thinking of how we would help. Naisip namin was to help the healthcare workers with their main problem which was extending the hospital by giving them tents,” Neil said.
Reiterating Angel’s values, Neil said: “Kapag hindi niya naipaglaban ang tama, hindi siya masaya. Being selfless is the biggest lesson I’ve learned from her — na isipin muna ang iba bago ang sarili niya.”
Angel, for her part, thanked everyone who made the UniTENT project possible while expressing her gratitude to FDCP.
“Masuwerte lang ako na meron akong @neil_arce na hindi ako pinapabayaan at laging nasa tabi ko kahit na anong mangyari. Si @dimplesromana na isa sa pinakamabuting puso na makikilala mo na mahahawa ka sa pagmamalasakit sa tao, pagpupursige, pagiging totoo, at mabuting kaibigan. Si @gines.sarangaya na bukod sa napakatalino at maabilidad, ay mulat sa mga dinadananas ng tao at handang tumulong ano mang oras,” Angel wrote.
She went on: “Dra. @marevmatic2019 , na isang tunay na bayani. Kahit naka-quarantine ay nais pa ring magbigay serbisyo at makatulong. At siyempre, sa lahat ng mga naniwala. Nakakahiya man na ako ang nabigyan ng parangal, pero sila po ang rason kung bakit ako nakakakilos. Sana sa pinakita nila, marami pa hong mabigyang inspirasyon. Maraming salamat FDCP.”
See the post below:
Angel was able to set up in 246 tents in 135 hospitals from the 11 million pesos money she and her friends raised.