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GMA reporters 'uplift each other,' send each other food amid COVID-19 coverage


In these tough times, GMA News reporters are acting as each other's pillars as they report from the frontlines about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Kapuso reporters Darlene Cay, Vonne Aquino, Chino Gaston and Tina Panganiban-Perez shared some photos of the thoughtful gifts they received from their colleagues.

Darlene, Vonne, and Chino had chosen to be billeted in Quezon City, away from their families, to ensure that they are not putting them at risk of the virus.

In a post, Darlene showed the food offerings sent by showbiz reporters Nelson Canlas and Aubrey Carampel. She said Aubrey cooked Korean food such as Bulgogi and Jjapaguri for them, while Nelson sent fruits, noodles, bread, and other ready-to-eat foods.

"Ganito magmahalan ang #Kapuso reporters," Tina tweeted, showing the dinner provided by Aubrey.

Katrina Son meanwhile gave them some hand sanitizers, while JP Soriano sent face masks.

Darlene told GMA News Online, "Marami na sa aming nakapagcover ng kalamidad, police operations, riot, giyera, at iba pang delikadong mga pangyayari. Pero iba ito dahil hindi nakikita ang kalaban at nakakatakot madamay pati pamilya."

"Needless to say, these are really difficult times," she added. "Kaya nakakatuwa na we are drawing strength from each other through these care packages, advice, kumustahan, words of wisdom, and prayers."

She added that these gifts were sent randomly to "cheer them up."

"Nakakatuwa kasi kahit we are away from our families at worried kami everytime lalabas kami sa field, pinapalakas namin ang loob ng isa’t isa," she said.

"Kapuso reporters are uplifting each other," she added.

The Philippines, currently under state of calamity, has reported 307 COVID-19 cases, and 19 deaths, as of Saturday.

President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of the virus.

—JCB, GMA News

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