Tag Archives: Coronavirus Disease 2019

How Much We Miss the Outdoors: Let Us Count the Ways

The covid-19 lockdown is almost a month old, with a half month more to go. Adapting to the home quarantine is no problem for wanderers, as they are used to changing surroundings and shifting realities. Let’s see how our fellow travelers are dealing with the prolonged deprivation of outdoors. Tag us in Instagram so we can add your photos.

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The Meaning of Easter Sunday 2020

The Lord has risen! Behold the risen Christ. Hallelujah! That’s the basic essence of Easter Sunday — that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, on the third day after He suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified and was buried. There are theologians and experts who can discuss the profound meaning of Easter Sunday. For us ordinary Catholics and Christians, Easter Sunday marks the bedrock of our faith, for this is the day when God fulfilled His promise to save mankind by offering His Son. 

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Island Lockdown: Beating Hunger and the Virus

We all have to face the community quarantine imposed to slow down the coronavirus. It’s called a “community quarantine” because, well, it’s designed to lockdown the entire community at home. When we stop moving around, the virus stops moving. That’s just the way it is. We need to come to terms with the lockdown. Some need assistance to survive the social isolation, others relish it. In an island. With a few people. And abundant catch from the sea, ready for lunch.

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Double Holiday: 9 April 2020 is Araw ng Kagitingan and Maunday Thursday

Today, 9 April 2020, is unique in so many ways. There’s the Covid-19 keeping us indoors. There’s the unusual commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (including our frontliners, of course) and usual quiet to observe Maunday Thursday, rolled in one. For those still with jobs, they enjoy a rare double holiday pay (triple if they’re working today). With the quarantine, we thought of featuring tandem photos, flashback photos. 

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Patience in the Time of Covid-19: Travel Bug Special

The government has required people to stay put and stay at home during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, which has been extended to 30 April 2020, to lessen the transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). This is not limited to the Philippines, of course. Throughout the world, we see medical frontliners reminding everyone that: “We came to work for you. Please stay home for us.

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Home Photos in the Time of COVID-19 Quarantine

Just because everyone is under home quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t have Instagram-worthy photos. And just because the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought so much suffering doesn’t mean we can’t smile anymore. So, to lighten up the mood while we’re all stuck at home (yes, it’s our duty to stay at home at this time to limit the spread of the virus), let’s feature some of your at-home photos (don’t forget to tag us at VisitPinas@Instagram to submit your photos).

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We Heal As One: Nothing Can Take Our Smile Away

Filipinos are known for our warm smile. Filipinos have the capacity to smile even through bad times. The Philippines, together with the whole world, is facing an extraordinary crisis brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). The Department of Tourism (DOT) posted a heartwarming video of the Philippines in the time of the virus. We love the video. We love the message. It shows what a whole-of-government approach can do to uplift the spirit of a country. It also shows how a whole-of-country approach can help us get through the crisis, with our warm smiles intact. We help as one. We heal as one. Watch this awesome video:

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Life in the Time of Corona

Travel, both domestic and international, is practically dead at this time. Countries are closing their borders. The lockdown in the Philippines, for instance, bars all inbound international flights, as well as domestic flights. This means that hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel agencies and other tourism-related activities must take a big gulp of financial oxygen and hold on until the lockdown, called enhanced community quarantine in the Philippines, is lifted. 

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