Join Vic & Pauleenâs prayer brigade
Vic ‘Bossing’ Sotto (with his wife Pauleen Luna and their daughter Tali): ‘We will overcome this crisis, we will survive’
Join Vic & Pauleen’s prayer brigade
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - March 26, 2020 - 12:00am

Besides minding our physical well-being and our mental health (discussed by Hopeline head Jeannie Goulbourn in yesterday’s Funfare), it’s also important to strengthen our spiritual side, our faith in The Great Healer.

You may do this by joining the Prayer Brigade that started last Tuesday, March 24, on the Eat, Bulaga fanpage by Vic “Bossing” Sotto and his wife Pauleen Luna.

“Best to do it all of us together,” Vic told Gorgy Rula on his dzRH program Showbiz Talk Ganern that same night. “Anybody can join, not just from the Philippines but from other parts of the world.”

Like everybody else, Vic and Pauleen are in self-quarantine at home but they never fail to observe their religious obligation.

“We hear Mass online,” added Vic.

Ordinarily, Vic said that he would be so occupied with shootings, tapings and co-hosting Bulaga that he hardly had enough time for their daughter Tali. He’s catching up, making up for missed times.

“Tali is with me sa araw,” shared Vic. “Sa gabi nakasiksik siya sa nanay niya.

“Yan daw ang schedule nila 24/7,” Gorgy quoted Vic as disclosing.

Vic told Gorgy that we Filipinos are very resilient — so to speak, sturdy as the Narra Tree and pliant like the Bamboo Tree.

“We will overcome this crisis, we will survive,” assured Vic. “Ang dami na nating pinagdaanan at naka-survive tayo. Matibay ang Filipino.”

But he requested everybody to follow government guidelines and just stay at home.

“Para ito sa kaligtasan ng lahat not only in our country but around the world. Sadly, mayroon pa ring matitigas ang ulo na ayaw sumunod sa mga patakaran na inilatag ng ating gobyerno. Alam nating marami ang nahihirapan pero siguro tiisin natin ang hirap na ito. We need to sacrifice — all of us.”

Vic said that Eat, Bulaga (which has been airing replays just like other local shows) might return “live” during the Holy Week (second week of April), but it’s still tentative depending on the current situation.

In an earlier interview with Funfare, Vic’s co-host Joey de Leon revealed that Bulaga might break tradition and forgo the annual Lenten Specials.

Vic and Pauleen singing worship songs via Facebook live
Photos from Pauleen's official Facebook page

ABS-CBN’s Pantawid fund-raising a success

It’s heartening to know how Filipinos came together to help families affected by the enhanced community with donations and pledges to ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig fund-raising campaign that has so far raised P256,663,658 as of 12 noon of Monday, March 23.

This good news was relayed to The STAR by the network’s corporate communications head Kane Errol Choa (who writes the Kapamilya Day column for this section).

Wrote Kane in the network’s official statement, “After the Lopez Group of Companies’ initial P100 million donation, individuals and groups from all over the world have been placing their trust and support on the network’s drive in partnership with private companies and local governments to provide poor families in Metro Manila with food and basic necessities.”

This includes the P100 million pledge of Project Ugnayan, a collaboration of 20 top business groups to raise funds in support of initiatives for the benefit of poor families. They are (in alphabetical order): Aboitiz Group, ABS-CBN/Lopez Group, Alliance Global, AY Foundation and RCBC, Ayala Corporation, Bench & Liwayway Group, Caritas Manila, Century Pacific, Concepcion Industrial Corp, DMCI, ICTSI, Jollibee, Leonio Group, Metrobank/GT Capital, Nutri-Asia, PDRF, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Puregold, San Miguel Corporation and SM/BDO.)

Added the statement, “ABS-CBN is thankful to all the donors for their generosity and kindness, and ensures that donations will reach our kababayans with the help of our partner organizations and local government units.”

Millions of donations poured during the Pantawid ng Pag-ibig: At-Home Together Concert last March 22, where over 100 Kapamilya artists performed from their own homes, shared words of support and encouragement for our frontliners, and urged the public to help our less-fortunate Kapamilya. The digital fund-raising concert was streamed on iWant and other ABS-CBN platforms online and aired live on ABS-CBN, S+A, ANC, MYX, DZMM TeleRadyo, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, MOR 101.9 and on The Filipino Channel (TFC) for those abroad.

The funds raised by ABS-CBN through Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig will be used to purchase food and daily needs of families with family members who are unable to work or continue their livelihood because of the enhanced community quarantine. The items needed include rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, milk, coffee, shampoo, soap, detergent, vitamins.

Distribution of relief packages already began last week, with Metro Manila mayors taking the lead in preparing and delivering the relief packages to the families in need. With more help coming in from both the public and private sectors, and the continued trust and cooperation of local government officials, ABS-CBN hopes to extend the campaign to areas beyond Metro Manila where many other Filipinos are also in need of help.

Note from Kane: Those who would like to help may make a cash donation through ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya bank accounts BPI peso account 3051-11-55-88, Metrobank peso account 636-3-636-08808-1, BDO peso account 0039301-14199, PNB peso account 1263-7000-4128, and BDO dollar account 1039300-81622.

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