The Philippines’ flag was projected on the world-famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as the statue was lit up with maps and flags of countries affected by COVID-19 pandemic during the celebration of a mass.
The flags of 166 countries hit by the coronavirus disease were projected onto the iconic 98-ft-symbol of Christianity that sits atop Corcovado Mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
The hashtag #praytogether written in different languages was also projected on the art deco statue as a message of solidarity with the rest of the world.
The symbolic act was an effort to unite the world in prayer as Rio de Janeiro’s Archibishop, Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, led the mass at the Christ the Redeemer on March 18, 2020, and urged people to pray for those affected by the coronavirus disease.
The Philippines’ Luzon island is now under community quarantine in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19. The country today breached the 500-mark of coronavirus infection cases.
Although under lockdown since March 12 (Metro Manila) and March 16 (Luzon), Filipinos have continued from sharing, praying, and donating to affected families and frontliners in the battle against COVID-19.
Marcelito Pomoy and Yasmien Kurdi with daughter Ayesha Zara posted their covers of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” as a healing song for COVID-19 victims while Inspirational Diva Jamie Rivera sang a new version of “Heal Our Land” and reminded Filipinos of the power of prayer.
Mang Boyong, a street food vendor selling Taho, has given up his daily income and chose to give away the popular Filipino snack to feed checkpoint personnel along the Valenzuela-Meycauayan Bulacan boundary.
As an act of solidarity, Ligo Sardines Philippines is reallocating its entire advertising budget this year to benefit non-government organizations, charities, and independent groups in the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019.
Local artists of the #ArtForMedPH movement are also giving away commissioned artworks in exchange for donations to COVID-19 frontliners and the most affected sectors during the Luzon-wide quarantine.
WATCH Rio de Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer unite the world and SEND THANKS in the comments below to the church of Brazil for including the Philippines in its prayer!
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