MANILA — When President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine nearly one month ago, celebrity couple Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal were admittedly in shock.
"The PBA got cancelled. We got ready na for our first game and it got cancelled. Then Bianca’s taping and events got cancelled also. That’s when we realized how big the crisis is when they announced the lockdown," said Intal, who plays for the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA, during DZMM’s “Holy Week Recollection with Fr. Tito Caluag” on Thursday.
"Ang initial reaction mo kasi was kung ano ang gagawin ko," Gonzalez said. "But you know the more we watch the news -- week 1, week 2, week 3 -- the adjustment has been we realized that we are really part of a larger scheme of things."
"May strange comfort knowing dito sa Pilipinas, around the world, ay ganito din ang situation. May strange comfort din ‘yon but knowing na staying home doing our part in whatever way we can that was the adjustment. Kasi prior to this, our busy lives, medyo self 'yung iniisip natin but now it’s really jolting us na hindi lang tayo. Talagang it’s a collective effort and we should think about it in that sense,” she said.
For Gonzales and Intal, the crisis showed them the importance of gratitude and the awareness that there’s a bigger world out there.
“I think these are values na tinuturo namin ever since before, prior to the lockdown, pero parang mas nakikita nga now kasi we are all in the house ngayon. One important thing is definitely sharing and this is both sharing feelings and sharing material things,” Gonzalez said.
"I just hope that the things that we learned... parang sana we never forget even mag-back to normal na ang lahat ng mga bagay,” she said.
Asked by Fr. Caluag to share their prayer at this time, Gonzalez said: “A prayer that I personally want to pray for us, our family and other families is, I guess, Lord, please help us to not ever forget the power of saying hello, how are you, saying thank you, saying sorry, saying I love you to people around us and acknowledging other people. And knowing that we are all here for each other.”
For his part, Intal said: “For me my prayer is for all the Filipino families that we may never forget the love and sacrifice of Christ for us. He died for us and I know what’s happening right now is part of His plans. May we never forget the experiences of this crisis and may we always stay loving and respectful for one another. Of course, my prayer is also for all the frontliners that they may never lose hope.”