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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As a tribute to our modern-day heroes, we made a short video sourced from captures of everyday kindness; guided by the same spirit in its making. We thank Ely Buendia, who composed “With a Smile” for the legendary band, the Eraserheads, for generously allowing the use of his composition to pay them tribute. Singer and songwriter Bea Lorenzo, whose grandfather and father are medical doctors, performs the reworking of the classic anthem.Filipinos are known for their smiles. Even if we can’t see the smiles behind the masks, their warmth can be felt in acts of compassion and kindness.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.#WeHealAsOneThank you to our contributors:Alexis Agacite Mago, Andrea Olivar, Anne Tiongco, Arlene Arbas of DOH, Bea Caubat, Benjie Marasigan, Blane Rosales, Brylle Eldrin Balana, Camille Dowling Ibanes, Cecille Escano, Chad Chacon, Charlie Magne Amor, Coca-Cola, Daddy Gabby Bacarro, Danika Madulid, Department of Health, DLSU, DLS-College of St. Benilde, Dr. Gene Tiongco, Dr. Gerardo D. Legazpi, Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, Edrie Ocampo, Elmer Delen, Elmer Salangsang, Ely Buendia, Erik Nadal, Fr. Toto Cerada SDB, Gretel Teope, Jade Canoy Dingson, James Baruela, Jamir Gabrielle, Jerome Lanopa, John Paul Quelindrino, Julius Sabile, Kat Osorio, Katinko, Louie Poco, Makati Medical Center, Marie Angeles, Melissa Yeung Yap, Miriam Valero-Lopez, Nurses of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Paolo Dillera, Peejay Villanueva, Perpetual Succor Hospital, Pinky and Arnel Alban, Popburri, Puch Agodon, Richard Richard, Tau Gamma Phi Karangalan Village Chapter, UP-Philippine General Hospital, Vir Ascabano, Wilbert Laforteza

Posted by Department of Tourism – Philippines on Saturday, April 4, 2020
“As a tribute to our modern-day heroes, we made a short video sourced from captures of everyday kindness; guided by the same spirit in its making,” said the Philippines’ Department of Tourism.

Now, tell us, were you able to hold back your tears? And even if you shed a tear or two, were you actually happy? Let the smile shine through. One of the wonders of the Philippines.

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