Actor-politician Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. disclosed about his bout with COVID-19 early last month. On Aug. 18, he was rushed to the hospital -- where he had to wait for two days to get a room -- after developing pneumonia.
“It was an experience that’s really hard to forget. No, I didn’t get any VIP treatment. The hospital treats COVID patients equally,” Sen. Revilla told Manila Standard Entertainment in a virtual interview.
Although he got discharged from the hospital on Aug. 24, he still went to continue his isolation.
“There were doctors and nurses who were watching over me but still I had to take care of myself. I had to be mentally strong while gathering my strength because this virus is really serious. I prayed a lot when I was in my hospital bed because apart from my family, I drew strength from Him,” the senator shared.
He considers his bout with the deadly virus and his time away from his family (again) a learning experience. At the moment, they are implementing strict health and sanitary protocols at their home where he currently performs his duties as public servant.
“Our security personnel are kind of locked-in in our house as well, just to make sure that for 30 days they are not in contact with anyone outside the house. Everything that goes inside the house is properly sanitized, too,” he revealed.
After recovering from COVID-19, Bong immediately went back to his normal routine including working out to boost his immune system, apart of course from taking vitamins and supplements. He encourages people to be more vigilant and observe proper hygiene.
“You know, I’d like to remind everybody to be more transparent. Wag kayong mahihiya that if you have been near somebody who is positive, even if you don’t have symptoms, don’t be in denial. The virus spreads like a domino effect,” he said.
Bong, who is turning 54 this Friday admitted that he is celebrating his birthday in a different way.
“It’s going to be a big event, but it’s going to be held virtually,” he revealed adding that part of the celebration is his program for young students.
“We will hand out around 1,500 tablets to deserving students. Our original plan was to give out around 300 hundred but a lot of assistance came in like Mother Lily Monteverde kayo umabot ito ng ganyan kadami,” Bong shared.
Sen. Bong’s KAP program aims to give 10-inch tablets that students can use for distant learning. He made the official announcement on Sept. 20.
“We wanted to serve as inspiration at sana ay mabigyan natin ang mga mag-aaral na talagang nangangailangan dahil sila talaga ang inspirasyon ko sa kaarawan kong ito,” Sen. Bong ended.
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