21 May – Angel Locsin is revealed to be one of the celebrities who would be joining the 2020 Shop & Share project, a fundraiser whose mission is to produce test kits for COVID-19.
The actress shared the news on social media with a message from the organiser that read, "These are hard times, truly frightening times for the Filipino people, especially with corona virus cases still on the rise. Many have been doing their part in trying to give hope or just to make each day easier for those who are in need. And the hard truth is they will remain in need as Covid-19 remains the invisible enemy amongst us changing our lives and sadly disrupting livelihoods."
"We would like to revisit the idea of artists coming together and helping those who need it the most. This time, with the funds we raise, we would like to purchase test kits and allow testing opportunities for the poorer sectors in the hopes of helping out in the efforts to provide mass testing in the country. Yes, in support of mass testing. Because in this way we can make a higher impact, by pushing the TEST-TRACE-ISOLATE/TREAT formula that is the only proven way to defeat the virus."
The initiative was first introduced in 2009 in an effort to help those affected by Typhoon Ondoy. At the time, Shop & Share worked with various artistes who auctioned off their many personal items including designer bags, clothes, and jewellery to raise money for the people in need through the Philippine Red Cross.
"If you are keen please do let us know. We do hope you can join us as we all work together to help flatten the curve in the Philippines in our little way," the statement added. Among other celebrities who will be joining this year's initiative include Angelica Panganiban, Bea Alonzo, Kathryn Bernardo, Richard Gutierrez, and Dingdong Dantes.
(Photo Source: Angel Locsin Instagram)