For weeks now, while most of us have been cooped up in our homes, so many modern-day heroes have been making a difference. They’re in the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, heading out each day to jobs that have been deemed essential, and performing acts of kindness, big and small.
The Department of Tourism honored them all in a video released on April 4. On their YouTube account, they wrote, “We made a short video sourced from captures of everyday kindness; guided by the same spirit in its making.”
Set to a cover of the Eraserheads’ song “With A Smile” sung by Bea Lorenzo, the touching video shows the unusually quiet streets of Manila, along with hospital scenes and our pandemic heroes and front-liners. Health workers taking care of patients and cheering for those who have recovered. People manning checkpoints and taking everyone’s temperature. Gasoline station attendants, convenience store clerks and supermarket workers who make sure we get access to our essentials. Volunteers packing meals to be sent to hospitals, handing out food and sewing PPEs. People delivering medicine, doing their jobs, and praying. There are masked faces, so many masked faces, who are making sure this country survives this pandemic.
Solace and comfort
Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat posted the video, which was directed by Joel Limchoc and produced by Steve Vesagas, on her Facebook page, writing:
“’Lift your head, baby don’t be scared, of the things that could go wrong along the way…’ These lyrics from the Eraserheads’ classic anthem “With a Smile” have provided solace and comfort for many Filipinos over the years. It is a much needed anthem for these times.
Filipinos are known for their smiles. During this time though, we have had to hide them from view. But through our acts of compassion and kindness you can feel the warmth of those smiles, even behind masks and even when we are physically distant.”
In the post, she thanked everyone whose videos they used. She also expressed gratitude to Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia for allowing the team to use the song.
“Nothing can take our smile away,” the video says, celebrating the resilience of the Filipino people.
It has been shared over 7,000 times on Facebook, with many writing about how uplifting it is and how it made them cry.
“As we wait out the end of this challenging time, let us never forget to show the world who we truly are: a nation of kind, caring, and compassionate people,” posted the DOT.
#WeHealAsOne, the video says, and we will.