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  • Bela Padilla Raises More Than P1 Million For Street Vendors In 2 Days

    The actress is looking out for the manongs and manangs who will lose their source of income
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
  • The enhanced community quarantine has forced most of us in the National Capital Region to stay at home, as we should. It is but a minor sacrifice compared to the number of lives we can save.

    While it really is a preventative measure, the quarantine has also unknowingly created an opportunity for families to be together, with an earlier school break for the kids and a respite from the office for their overworked parents.  

    However, for the majority of Pinoys who have to earn their keep day by day, this break from work is not good news at all. The samalamig vendor, the guy selling lumpiang gulay outside the office, the manang who prepares packed lunch for workers every day — they suddenly find themselves without customers. And with families to feed, they cannot afford not to earn money for a month.

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    Thanks to the initiative of actress Bela Padilla, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for them.

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    The 28-year-old announced on Sunday that she is setting up a fundraising campaign on GoGetFunding, a global crowdfunding website, for the benefit of the street vendors in Metro Manila. 

    "During this inevitable pandemic, there will be a lot of Filipinos who won't be able to rely on their normal sources of income," the text on her GoGetFunding page reads.

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    "Our favorite taho, dirty ice cream and bananacue vendors won't be able to secure enough money to guarantee food for their families at the end of the day for one month until our community quarantine is over."

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    Thanks to generous netizens, as of today, just two days after Bela shared the project on social media, the targeted P1 million-peso fund has been achieved, with 14 more days to go on the fundraiser. The total as of 6:40 PM is 1,015,792.

    "Let's look out for them please and donate what we can and let's split the money we raise 16 ways for the 16 cities of Metro Manila affected by this temporary lockdown."

    Click here if you wish to donate to help the street vendors during the enhanced community quarantine. 

    Bela announced on March 17 that she will close the GoGetFunding page at 12 midnight.

    UPDATE as of 11:00 AM, March 18: Donations are still pouring in and someone just gave Php 2 million to the fund.

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