Christopher de Leon reflects on journey battling COVID-19


Posted at May 17 2020 02:58 PM | Updated as of May 17 2020 11:33 PM

MANILA – More than a month after recovering from COVID-19, actor Christopher de Leon looked back on his journey battling the illness and how he felt during the time he was in isolation.

As Ruffa Gutierrez’s first guest on the new online show “Love Thy Chika,” de Leon admitted that until now, he isn’t sure how he got the respiratory disease considering he is very conscious about his hygiene.


The screen veteran also shared that he did not receive any special treatment when he got himself tested for the coronavirus.

“I even think na nung I went to the hospital, I was like, ‘Wow, baka doon ko nakuha [yung virus].’ There were so many [people] lining up for [the test]. It took me the whole day. Hindi ito yung special treatment because of who I am. I had to wait. Tapos may mga test kits na hindi dumating so I had to wait for the next batch. It took me the whole day for that test,” he recalled.

De Leon said he learned about his test results days after, through his wife Sandy Andolong, who was equally surprised by it.

“We were both surprised kasi nga I was telling people na sa lahat ng taong kilala ko, ang asawa ko ang pinakamalinis sa katawan. Every time he would go out, he would make sure pag-uwi niya, meron na siyang pambahay inside the car. He would change already,” Andolong said.

“Nung siya yung nag-positive, I felt worried for him kasi nga ang feeling ko, he’s the anchor of the family. You feel na huwag siya, ako na lang. Pero nung nag-negative ako, I was really happy when I called him and told him na my test came out negative. Umiyak siya,” she added.

When asked about his self-isolation experience, the "Love Thy Woman" actor shared that it made him more prayerful.

“I was very prayerful. My prayers were more intense. ‘You gave me this. You have a purpose, go ahead.’ It’s more of, just please spare the others. I think this will be an important reminder that after this, it should be a different life. Kailangan magkaroon ng purpose itong nangyayari sa ating ito,” he said.

The couple, however, said there was never a time they questioned God because of what happened.