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Sir Wil Media Challenge: Creating fun and hope amid the ongoing crisis

If there is one thing we can be thankful about the lockdown,  it was the opportunity to stay at home and become one real family. We only had each other and there were no distractions such as office meetings and late night deadlines. For  three months, we listened to our stories, helped clean the house and do other chores together, watch TV eat, laugh, sing, dance, paint, exercise and pray together. Indeed, we were in the best place we could be -- at home.

There's no place like home
The Enhanced Communiry Quarantine has also definitely  given us time to transform our house into a wonderful place to stay during the hot summer months, and appreciate it as a safe haven during the pandemic. And while at home, we all learned the "new normal" together -- basically distancing ourselves to the rest of the world and becoming healthy, fit and hygienic -- by eating nutritious home-made meals, hydrating, getting the right sleep and having some exercise routine, keeping ourselves clean by washing hands  and of course, taking a bath more often.

Fears and anxiety about the coronavirus

But while we bask in the safeness of our home, practically when the whole world was in quarantine because of the pandemic, we really couldn't help but constantly wonder about what tomorrow will bring. Like almost everyone else, we had our share of grim thoughts: What if Covid-19 literally knocks on on our door and instantly killed us all just like in the old testament's passover when a pestilence killed all the male first born of Egypt? What if the virus stays forever? Will we all become zombies if we become infected and die?

Thanks, to medicine and modern science, the virus wasn't like that.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the frontliners especially the health workers -- medical experts, doctors, nurses, nursing aide, hospital workers -- who put their lives at risk by taking care of the virus carriers and saving the lives of the severely affected. Sadly many workers in the medical world died while doing their duty and lifetime vocation. Hopefully, the government should put the health profession on top of its priority as a result.  You see, it will take 10 to 20 years before the country can produce and replicate the health experts who got killed by Covid-19.

GCQ and the new normal

And now that economic movement is on the rise courtesy of the General Community Quarantine order for Metro Manila despite the rising Covid-19 cases, the more we are anxious of getting out of our comfort zones. GCQ is not the time to relax and take the virus lightly as if it could just exist in harmony among human. So not everyone is excited to go out and earn even with the depletion of funds for the family's expenses. After all, this is the basic lesson of quarantine: to make do with what have you, live simply and look for the well-being of every member of the family.

With over 8M people affected all over the world, and over 30,000 in the Philippines (as of press time), there are plenty of lessons to learn here.
Foremost, we need to realize that the enemy is something naked to our eyes: a deadly contagion on lookout for  victims everywhere: it loves people crowding around, through transmission of droplets.

There may be lost of income and earning opportunities nowadays but our priority right now is to stay alive safe and healthy! So unless until an official cure, an antibody or a vaccine for Covid-19 is  readily available, we have already accepted this so-called "new normal” which is simple, frugal living, always remaining clean and hygienic, and staying more at home with the family.

CSR projects and online challenge

Our gratitude also goes to philanthropic individuals who have been doing various projects to help ease out the life of the Filipinos amid the pandemic. One of them is Mr. Gay World-Philippines 2009 titlist turned entrepreneur Wilbert Tolentino.
A respected LBTQia personality who is known for his generous heart, Wilbert and his team conceptualized the
Sir Wil Online Challenge to  provide fun and financial assistance to different sectors of the society during the quarantine.
Armed with creativity and dedication to his advocacy of creating quality live entertainment, the result were highly innovative, well-produced virtual events that promote the the very essence of quaratine:
Stay Home. Save Lives.
We Will Beat COVID 19!

Fun, virtual contests
Pageant aficionados definitely had the best of their time staying home and watching virtual competitions starting off with Queen of Lockdown Transformation which was won by Popoy Son Roxas. Another  brainchild, the Ginoong Quarantino had Allen Ong Molina as champion. While Lady Ivana made it as  grand winner in the Drag Queen challenge .
Marianne Crisologo was hailed as Most Beautiful Beki while chosen as Extreme Cutie Quest grand champion is Mary Letim Ponce. The Online Star Influencers titles went to  Sachzna Laparan and Shaina Denniz for Seasons 1 at 2.
Meantime,  huge cash prizes and relief packs were given away to winners of  Wil or No Wil online game shows.

Media challenge on the go
The ongoing contest is the
Sir Wil Media Challenge for entertainment, lifestyle and pageant media. Over P200,000 is at stake with the grand prize winner to receive P100,000!
A friendly competition, may the best entry wins. Thank you, Wilbert and company for creating such fun -- and hope -- in this challenging time of crisis brought by the deadly Covid-19 virus.
The Sir Wil Online Challenge promises to come up with more exciting  competitions with fabulous prizes as the community quarantine continues!
For more information, visit the FB page at SIRWIL Media Challenge Official.


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