Filipino celebrities have been serving the nation in many ways during the lockdown, from performing in online fundraisers to assist frontliners and the poor, to encouraging others to stay healthy.
Local personalities continue to be a source of inspiration with Metro Manila and several areas in the Philippines under various stages of community quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Singer-actor and army reservist Ronnie Liang is one of those who stood out as he exerted time and effort to help the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Liang is actually in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 while also spreading good vibes and inspiration with his photos and videos shot from his assignments, posted on social media.
Good News Pilipinas listed five ways frontliner and real-life hero Ronnie Liang is an inspiring Filipino celebrity.
1. HE IS A CHARISMATIC SINGER-ACTOR
With his golden voice, balladeer Ronnie Liang has been captivating the hearts of the public since 2007 after he popularized the OPM song “Ngiti” under Universal Records PH.
As of this writing, his video singing his original song “Ngiti” on Wish 107.5 YouTube video has amassed more than 3.6 million views.
This Pampanga-born singer rose to stardom when he joined the reality talent search Pinoy Dream Academy in ABS-CBN in 2006 and won second runner-up.
Though he did not win the grand prize, he became a staple TV personality and appeared in several programs such as the musical variety shows ASAP (aired on ABS-CBN) and the now-defunct Party Pilipinas (aired on GMA-7), and more. He also starred in different movies and TV series including “Jowable” top-billed by Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles.
The singer-actor also became the endorser of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela from 2008 to 2010. His degree in education made him a perfect fit for the nationwide school maintenance volunteer week that prepares the school facilities before every academic year with the help of parents, civic groups, barangay officials, non-governmental organizations, and volunteers.
Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Ronnie is set to play the lead character of the upcoming film “Harang” which was reportedly inspired by the hit Korean drama, “Crash Landing on You.”
2. HE IS A LICENSED PILOT.
Ronnie Liang is an inspiring Filipino celebrity who managed to pursue his dream to become a pilot.
The Pinoy Dream Academy finalist underwent training at Strikeview Aviation Training Center in December 2018 and at APG (Asosiasi Pilot Garuda) International Aviation Academy in Subic. He finished his aviation training by November 26, 2019.
“It has always been my dream to be a pilot and I believe that you can pursue your dreams at any point in your life. So here I am, taking steps in fulfilling that childhood dream,” Ronnie said in his Instagram post that came with a video of his pinning/solo pilot ceremony.
Liang only needs 130 more training hours to be qualified to fly a commercial airplane.
3. HE IS AN ARMY RESERVIST.
Ronnie Liang is also a second lieutenant in the Philippine Army. He finished his training at the army’s Armor “Pambato” Division last February 14.
Ronnie says that the Marawi Siege in 2017 made him realize that he wanted to be a reservist. In 2018, he started volunteering for the Philippine Army.
“I volunteered to join the Army Reserve to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines & to serve my country,” the 34-year-old singer-reservist shared on his Instagram post.
“It was a humbling & life-changing experience, it made me love my country more,” Liang added.
4. HE IS ONE OF THE MILITARY COVID-19 FRONTLINERS.
Army reservist Ronnie Liang answered the call of duty and opted to render military service when the enhanced community quarantine was enforced in Luzon. Liang was assigned at the MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City.
Together with his army brothers, Second Lieutenant Ronnie Liang was assigned to transport the stranded health workers to their workplaces around the national capital region when public transportation was enforced along with the lockdown.
They were also tasked to pick up and deliver food items to the medical frontliners in Subic and Lipa City.
Ronnie Liang’s latest assignment with the team is to prepare meals for homeless and less fortunate individuals through the AFP Mobile Kitchen.
5. HE HAS RECORDED A COVID-19 FIGHT SONG FOR FILIPINOS
Prior to his deployment to different areas of Metro Manila to perform military tasks in compliance with the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, Ronnie Liang used his voice to encourage fellow Filipinos to stay safe and healthy.
The singer-actor teamed up with director Njel De Mesa to record the “Kaya Natin ‘To”, a fight song against the coronavirus disease.
The lyrics of the song educate Filipinos with the proper way of washing and disinfecting hands, encouraging them to drink more glasses of water and consume clean and healthy food and to be disciplined and follow the social distancing protocol.
Many more Filipino celebrities have also shown compassion to the frontliners and poor families affected by the on-going enhanced community quarantine.
Award-winning actress and humanitarian aid worker Angel Locsin ended her #UniTENTweStandPH campaign after raising more than Php 11 million to provide hospital tents for the hospitals and medical workers, sanitary supplies, and relief goods to the affected families.
Kapuso Primetime Queen and breastfeeding advocate Marian Rivera provided homecooked meals for the health workers in Quezon City General Hospital and donated boxes of milk to help children boost their immune system amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Both Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera played the iconic Filipino superheroine Darna, which represents the strength, kindness, and compassion of Filipino women.
WATCH Ronnie Liang and Njel de Mesa’s Kaya Natin ‘To (Fight COVID-19 Song) full video here and SEND CHEERS in the comments below!
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