She is admittedly hesitant to go back to work.
But actress Nikki Valdez, who recently got infected by the novel coronavirus, said "the show must go on."
"When I was starting out in showbiz, someone gave a talk (I can’t remember who) about making sure that when we get to work, we are 101% ready. That the only reason why we won’t be able to work is because we are already dead. Meaning? There is absolutely NO EXCUSE to not go to work," began Nikki.
"After recovering from COVID, I admittedly have been a bit hesitant; thinking if I could work without fear of getting sick again or if I could give my 101%," she said.
"Beyond grateful for a meeting I attended today because I was reminded of my purpose as an actor. Why ABS-CBN does everything to give good entertainment to so many people going through so much in this crisis. We are at war, thus we, the actors and production people, are soldiers who need to protect ourselves and all the people around us so we could continue to entertain and give a little inspiration to all of you," she added.
She then asked her fans to say a prayer for "us all who are out there in this battle doing everything to serve through the work that we do."
It was just last Friday, April 9, when Nikki revealed that she and her husband, Luis Garcia, tested positive—and has since recuperated—from COVID-19.
According to the actress, she and Luis experienced body ache, mild, dry cough, and a "flu-like" feeling despite their temperature being normal.
"The first few days were the hardest. There were days that were okay and days that I felt just blah... Body aches, flu-like feeling a 1000x worse (but temp was normal—weird!!!), mild dry cough and 10-12 hours of sleep was not enough... COVID is more than a virus. It will toy not only with your physical health but mostly with your emotions. It's been the hardest first 7 days in isolation," she said at the time.
Following her announcement, Nikki's Bagong Umaga co-star Heaven Peralejo also confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19.
In a vlog she released over the weekend, the 21-year-old actress said she learned that she was COVID-19 positive while she was at a locked-in taping for the said series.
As of Monday, April 12, the Philippines logged a total of 876,225 COVID-19 cases, including 15,149 deaths, 703,625 recoveries, and 157,451 active cases.