Pamilya Kowentuhan: Mabunga Fam gives props to frontliners

The worldwide fight against COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up mankind’s way of living. Such magnitude taught us to reassess our outlook, behavior, and priorities in life. Thus, in the third episode of “Pamilya Kowentuhan,” the Mabunga Family – Sylvia Sanchez, Joey Marquez, JM De Guzman, Kiko Estrada, Kid Yambao, Jairus Aquino, Maris Racal, Kira Balinger, Mutya Orquia, Raikko Mateo – shares how the catastrophe changed their routine and essentials.


Most of the Pamilya Ko stars began fostering their healthy-eating habits, hence, opting for nutritious food like fruits, vegetable, fish, and eggs. COVID-19 survivor Sylvia emphasized the importance of vitamins not just for her own protection but that of her kids’ as well. Joey agreed, adding tips on storing over-the-counter medicines for emergency.


Protective equipment is also vital in containing the spread of COVID-19. Maris and Mutya mentioned about the importance of eye/face shield and gloves; while Kiko and Raikko stressed the usefulness of alcohol and disinfectant.


We may not predict how the world will turn in the coming days but, at least, we’re getting a glimpse of how the so-called ‘new normal’ will look like. And the Mabungas are slowly coping with the changes by being cautious. As how Jairus said, we must all act as if we are all infected in order to be considerate of other people’s safety. Kira added that grocery items must be disinfected first before storage. And even hygienic factors as simple as washing the hands is being widely promoted.


While most of us are safe at home, Maris is concerned with the working Filipinos risking their own health and lives, hence, her reminder to strictly implement social distancing. Take note that the global crisis isn’t just a battle of physical health but it can also trigger depressive issues. “Kahit nasa bahay lang tayo, may sarili tayong laban dito,” said JM, stressing the need for a creative outlet.  Nevertheless, the uncertainties do not hinder these artists from enjoying family time.


The episode continued with a simple tribute to frontliners. Kid introduced Ron Jay Cuaresma, a COVID-19 staff nurse who shared his daily hustle in the hot zone. Ron Jay makes sure to begin each duty with a prayer and proper wearing of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). Life in the front lines may be demanding but Ron Jay and his colleagues find comfort from each other. It also helps that their employers provide them with benefits such as free food. And at the end of the day, he finds courage and honor in serving the Filipinos. “Ang pagiging nurse ay isang karangalan para sa amin kasi nabibigay namin ang mga kailangan ng pasyente sa abot ng aming makakaya kahit pwede kaming mahawa. Basta, proper wearing lang ng PPE at dasal kay Lord,” expressed Ron Jay.


The next segment, PamilyaKolab, featured Ron Jay in a virtual dance number with Kid and Heaven Peralejo. The Mabungas poked fun at Kid after that performance, a token of a strong friendship built behind the cameras. Then, the show ended with the Mabunga Family recognizing our frontliners’ sacrifices and heroism.


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