Judy Ann Santos prepares meals, donates YouTube proceeds for COVID-19 frontliners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6)— Multi-awarded actress Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo has joined the growing list of celebrities and influential figures who have pledged to support the country's frontliners confronting the uncertainties of COVID-19 pandemic.

The queen of drama series told CNN Philippines that she will be donating parts of her earnings from her YouTube cooking channel Judy Ann's Kitchen for the procurement of medical supplies and essential needs of frontliners.

"For me to be able to help more, I realized with Judy Ann Kitchen's YouTube channel, every episode na panoorin nila (that they watch), and they do not skip the ads, parts of the proceeds ng Judy Ann's kitchen will be contributed to the medical supplies and the food for our frontliners," Santos-Agoncillo said in an interview with The Source.

In her previous posts on social media, the "Starla" actress also shared how she personally cooked and prepared meals for the COVID-19 fighters.

"Sa aming mga frontliners, maraming salamat po sa serbisyo (to our frontliners, thank you for the service)," read a note pasted on the foods packs she prepared.

Santos-Agoncillo admitted the food donation will be challenging to sustain in the long run, given the limited supply available in the markets. But the actress said she would continue to help "as much as possible" and make do with what she has now.

"As much as you really want to help people, ang hirap kumilos (it's hard to move around, get what you need),"Santos-Agoncillo said.

"But we get by with whatever we have here at home."

"As a public figure, and at the same time as a tax payer, gusto mong i-extend 'yung tulong na 'yun (you want to extend that help)," she added.

Several other celebrities— including Angel Locsin and Bela Padilla— have started fund raisers to help those in need due to COVID-19 crisis.

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As of Sunday, the Philippines has recorded 3,246 COVID-19 cases, including 152 deaths and 64 recoveries. The rapid spread of the disease prompted the national government to impose an enhanced community quarantine, leaving many Filipinos jobless.