Sultry Kapamilya actress Ivana Alawi is one of the celebrities who are, in their own ways, extending their help to the people who are greatly suffering because of the crisis brought by COVID-19 pandemic.
During the live-from-home episode of “Magandang Buhay” last Friday, April 3, the 23-year old star revealed that she can’t stand watching many people starving because they have nothing left to eat while she is comfortable in her abode, that’s why she came up with a drive to help them.
She said, “Actually nag-start siya noong nanonood ako ng balita tapos nakikita ko na ang daming nagugutom parang nalungkot ako. Sabi ko hindi naman ito puwede na puro alam mo ‘yon, enjoy lang ako rito, tapos nakikita ko ang ibang tao na naghihirap. So kahit nasa bahay ako ay may maitulong din.”
She also admitted that there was a time in her life that she also experienced being poor with nothing to eat. That’s why she knows how hard it is for other people.
“Akala ng lahat ng tao na hindi kami dumaan sa hirap, na hindi kami dumaan sa times na wala kaming makain. Kasi (ang totoo) dumaan din ako roon. Way, way back I’ve been through it kaya alam ko ‘yung nararamdaman. Ang mama ko laging nangungutang kasi wala kaming makain. Dumating kami sa point na toyo at kanin, kasi minsan wala siyang mautangan. I’m thankful kasi nadaanan ko ‘yon alam ko isa siyang stepping stone, ‘yun ang nagpu-push sa akin, ayaw kong maranasan ng ibang tao,” she stated.
Alawi believes that the reason why she is continuously blessed is for her to share it with other people, and not just keep the blessings to herself.
“At naisip ko rin na siguro kaya rin ako bini-bless ni God is for me to share the blessing, hindi siya i-keep, ayaw ko siyang i-keep. It’s best to give,” said the sensational vlogger.
Aside from this, Alawi also praised the frontliners who are risking their lives just to save others.
She remarked: “Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng frontliners. Kayo po ang aming modern-day heroes. Dahil sa inyo, naniniwala po kami na malalampasan natin ito. Maraming salamat at ipinagdarasal po na namin kayo at inyong buong family.”
She also gave a few words of advice to the Filipinos who are currently in their houses due to enhanced community quarantine by saying, “Sa mga Team Bahay natin, tiis-tiis lang and I’m sure malalampasan natin. Marami na tayong pinagdaanan na mas matindi. Isa lang itong pagsubok and kaya natin. Let’s unite as one. Magsama-sama tayo.”
In her recent vlog on YouTube, Alawi announced that whatever her “Car wash Girl” video will earn will be donated in the form of relief goods.
On March 26, she posted photos of herself together with her mother and her sister Mona repacking the goods that they will be donating. She also encouraged others to help no matter how big or small the help can be.
On Instagram, she wrote, “Pasensya na kayo sa itsura namin. Madaling araw na kami natapos mag pack ng mga pagkain na ipapamigay namin sa mga kababayang nangangailangan ng tulong. I am encouraging everybody to help. maliit man yan o malaki, ang importante ay tumulong tayo.”