Actor Marco Alcaraz has finally reunited with his family, two weeks after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
On Instagram on Thursday, April 8, his wife, beauty queen-actress Lara Quigaman, posted a photo of Marco with their kids, along with the caption: "Yehey! Daddy's home!"
In their family YouTube channel, the couple also posted a video documenting their happy reunion after being separated for almost a month.
In the vlog, Lara revealed that aside from Marco, she, too, was exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19.
"Nung time na nalaman ko na nag-positive si Marco, nag-guest ako sa isang show tapos a few days later, tumawag din sa 'kin 'yung show na 'yun to tell me na 'yung isa sa mga kasama ko nag-positive din. Eh 'yung nag-positive na 'yun, kami talaga 'yung nag-interact the whole time. So sobra talaga akong kinabahan din kasi siyempre may mga bata rito. Meron akong tita na senior," she shared.
"Nag-saliva anti-gen test din ako. Pero thank God nga kasi dito sa bahay, wala naman din talaga kaming kahit anong nararamdaman. Tapos tumawag si Marco para sabihin sa 'kin na mag-a-isolate din sila kasi 'yung isang kasamahan din nila, nag-positive daw. So grabe talaga. Parang sabay na sabay talaga," she added.
She then shared her advice for those whose loved ones have been infected with the deadly virus.
"Do not be discouraged. Alam ko nakaka-worry talaga. Sobra talagang nakakatakot, 'di ba, kasi 'di natin alam kung anong pwedeng mangyari. Kailangan lang talaga... Buti nga ngayon may technology, 'di ba. We can call each other, can FaceTime each other. Continue to pray lang for your loved ones. Wala talaga tayong ibang pwedeng magawa except to pray talaga, eh, and i-encourage 'yung mahal nating naka-isolate or naka-quarantine. Let them know that you're always praying for them and remind them that God is good and that nothing is impossible with God," said Lara.
The Huwag Kang Mangamba star also shared her personal realizations as her family battled with COVID-19.
"Sobra talaga akong thankful na si Marco asymptomatic lang. And although naguguluhan kami sa naging result nung mga tests niya, we are thankful that he's asymptomatic. And 'yun nga, it makes you realize talaga na wala talagang pinipiling tao 'yung sakit, 'yung COVID-19, 'di ba. Parang minsan kahit gaano ka ka-ingat, hindi mo alam na magte-test positive ka. And ang dami dami rin naming kakilala na nasa ospital or nagkasakit. [I] actually just got news [that] an old friend namatay kanina lang because of COVID-19," she said.
"COVID-19 is really very real... Kaya it really makes you think talaga na dapat you don't take your friends for granted, your family for granted kasi ang bilis bilis lang ng oras. You don't know what's going to happen... So if you have the chance, hug your family. Tell them that you love them," she added.