MANILA -- One of the actors from the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" made a short video message inspired by the heroic efforts of Filipino frontliners against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Miltos Yerolemou, best known for his portrayal of Syrio Forel, Arya Stark's beloved sword fighting teacher, shared an uplifting message encouraging the healthcare workers to say "not today" to the "God of Death" --a reference to one of his lines in the hit fantasy series.
He explained that it was dedicated particularly to those working at The Medical City after learning of how they bravely took care of his friend's father, who sadly lost his life to the virus.
"His family told me of the care that your team gave him and the brave work that you do for all your patients each and every day," he said, in the video posted on Facebook this Friday. "You face fatigue, shortages of supplies, and a very real risk of infection --they want you to know that you, all of you are their heroes."
Naming some of the hospital's doctors, he added: "They also asked me to tell you to keep safe, rest well, and to take care. They are forever grateful to you. You are in their prayers every single day."
In Tagalog, he closed out his message by saying: "Huwag po kayong susuko. Bayani po kayong lahat. Maraming-maraming salamat po.
"Remember: there is only one thing we say to the god of death: Not today. Stay strong, stay safe, and thank you for everything that you do."
As of Saturday afternoon, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 4,428 confirmed cases, with 247 deaths.
You can check out the full message below: