MANILA — Showbiz contemporaries Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis, and Bea Alonzo are among the stars coming together for a fundraiser to produce test kits for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Kapamilya actresses are launching Shop & Share, a project where celebrities donate personal items which are then auctioned off online.
The initiative was first done in 2009 in response to the Ondoy calamity. At the time, proceeds from auctioned designer bags, jewelry, and clothes, among others, were given to the Philippine Red Cross.
This time, Shop & Share will be held to purchase COVID-19 test kits, according to the announcement posted by Locsin, Curtis, and Alonzo.
The goal: to "allow testing opportunities for the poorer sectors in the hopes of helping out in the efforts to provide mass testing in the country."
"This way we can make a higher impact, by pushing the test-trace-isolate/treat formula that is the only proven way to defeat the virus," the statement added.
The team behind Shop & Share called on other celebrities to join the cause, to "help flatten the curve in the Philippines our little way."
So far, several stars are already on board, going by the accounts tagged in Locsin's announcement.
Among them are Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Angelica Panganiban, Piolo Pascual, Vice Ganda, Liza Soberano, Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes, Shaina Magdayao, Jodi Sta. Maria, Karla Estrada, Richard Gutierrez, Bela Padilla, Jennylyn Mercado, and Sarah Lahbati.