Divine Lee, Patty Ang, And How They're Helping Out COVID-19 Frontliners
These Metro.Style cover girls help make a difference in their own ways. Here, they also shared what they're doing to maximize their time at home while we're under enhanced community quarantine
Despite the limitations that come with the enhanced community quarantine measures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, nothing can stop kindhearted people like Metro.Style cover girls Divine Lee-Go and Patty Ang from helping out in whatever way they can.
Social media influencer Divine, who was Metro.Style's cover girl in May 2019, has been spearheading relief drives since 2009 when typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines. Although she can't help out in the streets now because of the community quarantine, this wife and mother of two chose to spend her time at home by doing fund drives instead. She just launched the fundraising campaign "Courage Cebu" especially dedicated to the frontliners and the rest who are affected by the virus; she lives in Cebu along with her husband Blake Go and their kids Baz and Blanca.
Divine recognizes the incredible amount of effort and sacrifice by the frontliners, so the money that will be gathered from this campaign will be used to create PPEs (personal protective equipment) and other protective gear, and purchase test kits, vitamins, and other essentials. In an Instagram post, she expressed how much she admires the #FrontlinersPH, saying, "Always remember that they are mothers, sons, fathers, sisters, daughters... yet, they are risking their lives to save strangers. Pag-uwi nila, I can’t imagine the worry they have for their family and loved ones... Everyday, halos walang tulog, andun sila sa delikado. Salamat."
Divine also managed to gather funds for a food drive, to help those people who couldn't step out of their homes to earn a living. She tells Metro.Style. "I’m thankful for technology, because I am doing these things from my home, with my household, family, and children safe with me. I wish I can do more to help those who don’t have the same liberties and are worried about where to get their next meal."
It's only Day 2 of her #CourageCebu fundraising campaign, and yet she has already gathered more than Php500,000. Divine encourages more people to help. She says, "Please support our fund drive. Let us work together to flatten the curve, and soon eradicate the COVID-19 virus that disrupted and suffered so many lives. A single drop of water is enough to create a ripple. Every contribution, no matter the size, from your hearts is deeply appreciated."
Now that she's just at home, she also sees this time as the perfect opportunity to reflect. "I guess it’s really a time for reflection—things that we do daily that we tend to take for granted as well as our ability to go out and see the people we love."
She also maximizes this time to create a cleaner home, especially because she has two kids to safeguard. She cleaned their entire house. Divine shares, "I changed sheets, reorganized my dresser, FIFO [first-in, first-out] my pantry, cleared Baz’s old toys, checked hand-me-downs of Baz that Blanca can use, organized my linens and towels, installed baby safety gates, and now re-potting plants."
Patty, who appeared on Metro.Style's cover in February 2019 with then husband-to-be Migs Almeda, is among the many fashion designers who are sharing their talent and time during this crisis.
She and her team are working on PPEs for the frontliners, heeding Vice President Leni Robredo's call for help since the Philippines is competing for supplies with the rest of the world during this global pandemic. Patty says, "Since I do have the production and resources, why not help?"
The fashion designer—who's known for her sleek, sophisticated, fun, and feminine creations—gave us a glimpse of the first PPE they've produced. "In light of recent events, we heartfully decided to somewhat continue making garments, not to only clothe people but more importantly to protect them," she says.
In an interview with Metro.Style, Patty also said that she wants to focus on positivity during these trying times. "This community quarantine gives us time for ourselves and families," she points out. "It's about having quality time with my family, thinking of new pieces, starting with my Spring/Summer 2021 collection, and putting efforts on how to help the public, especially my staff and their families."
The acts of kindness of these two women remind us that if there's a will, there's always a way even despite the enhanced community quarantine measures. No matter how big or small, your contribution to the COVID-19 relief efforts can ultimately help save lives.
Lead photos from @divinemlee and @pattyang_