AKTOR, a newly founded association of Filipino acting professionals, wrote a touching letter for health workers, which was read by several actors in a black-and-white video.
As Metro Manila returned to tougher lock-down measures at the urging of the medical community, hundreds of actors gathered digitally in a tribute and delivered a heartfelt letter to health workers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a 3-minute video, actors Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes, Angel Locsin, Iza Calzado, and Jodi Sta. Maria expressed their gratitude to medical workers who, despite the risks, fatigue, and exhaustion, continue to perform their duties.
“Ilang beses man kaming gumanap na doktor at nurse, hindi namin matutumbasan ang laki ng kontribusyon ninyo sa bayan, lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” the group said.
“Kami sa AKTOR ay nagpapadala ng liham pag-ibig para sa lahat ng ating health workers sa frontlines — ang aming mga bayani. Alam naming hindi sapat ang mga salita, pero ito na muna sa ngayon. Titindig kami para sa ‘yo. Maraming salamat sa lahat.”
The video was released days after President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at medical associations after writing a public letter about their concerns, as COVID-19 cases continued to spike to more than 100,000 cases.
Subsequently, the medical associations issued a statement reminding Duterte that COVID-19, not the medical community, was the enemy.
The said tribute that has reached almost 1 million views and likes on Instagram accounts, was written in 30 minutes by writer and actor Juan Miguel Severo, he even revealed that the moving letter-monologue was actually inspired by an actual health worker.
The #AktorParaSaHealthWorkers even trended on Twitter, where netizens support the simple tribute made by the actors for the country’s health workers.
Iza's part got me. 😭💔
— 💔💚💙 (@daWALLFLOWER_) August 5, 2020
To our silent heroes, for your dedication and passion to your calling. For your sincere service and compassion. And for the sacrifices to serve our country. Maraming salamat!#AktorPH #AktorParaSaHealthWorkers@elijahcanlas_ @kkydsnts @kokoy_global pic.twitter.com/SriDcpjFCj
— Berlin Soriano (@berlinsoriano_) August 5, 2020
Maraming Salamat ❤️🙏 #AKTORParaSaHealthWorkers
Marian Rivera pic.twitter.com/acbiGHetdG
— shygirl (@itzme_ako) August 5, 2020