Lotlot de Leon is worried about the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
“...I always remind my children na dobleng-ingat,” she began.
“Actually, hindi lang doble kundi todong pag-iingat, lalo na sa health, sa hygiene, para makaiwas.”
The actress has four children—Janine, Jessica, Diego, and Maxine Gutierrez—with her ex-husband Ramon Christopher.
And with the community quarantine taking effect in Metro Manila starting today, March 15, her constant reminder to them is to stay home.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, lagi kong paalala, proper hygiene talaga, wash your hands, be sure na kung hindi naman kailangang lumabas, stay home, di ba? Kung hindi naman importante, sa bahay lang.
"And like si Max, especially, she’s graduating, pinag-uusapan nga namin kanina, parang pinag-aaralan yata nila."
Her youngest Maxine is supposed to graduate from elementary on April 3, 2020.
The celebrity mom continued, “And cancelled iyung exam week nila. And I think iyung ibang school, talagang cancelled na ang exams. So I think it would depend on the rise and fall [of the COVID-19 cases].”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got to interview Lotlot on March 10, at the contract signing of her unico hijo Diego Gutierrez as the newest talent of LVD Management and Consultancy Services of Leo Dominguez.
The contract signing was held at The Frazzled Cook, Scout Gandia, Quezon City.
LOTLOT ON EFFECTS of covid-19
A few days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will be placed under community quarantine, stars have started experiencing its effects.
A lot of events have been canceled. Taping and shooting were tentatively halted.
In Lotlot 's case, she and her co-stars are currently busy with ABS-CBN's upcoming series Burado, in which some of its scenes were shot in Thailand.
She added, “Sina Matet [de Leon, her sister], nasa Dubai for a shooting of a movie. “Lalo tayo, on location tayo lagi, di ba?
“And we can’t afford to lose our jobs."
The actress also remembered the situation of the work force outside showbiz.
"And hindi lang tayo, kundi iyong mga may regular jobs din, paano ang kabuhayan nila kung hindi sila magtatrabaho?
“Of course, pag hindi ka pumasok wala kang suweldo, so paano? Unless may magawa ang gobyerno na makapagbigay sila ng allowance or suweldo sa working people para doon sa mga hindi makakapasok."
And since a curfew will be imposed during the community quarantine period, she worried about the streetchildren.
The actress said, “Kasi, kawawa sila, e. Sana lang, kunin muna sila ng DSWD. 'Tapos, put them in a shelter. To protect them also, kasi sila, wala naman silang kakayahang bumili ng gamot.”
How about fans who want to approach their idols?
“Bilang artista, wala tayong magagawa pag may lalapit, e, di ba? Hindi mo naman puwedeng [ipagtabuyan].... Hindi ko kaya.
“Wala akong magawa, e.”
But since “social distancing” is encouraged, Lotlot said she herself has to get used to greeting friends san the hug or beso.
“Kasi it’s in our nature na when we see other people, like friends or family, automatic na ha-hug and kiss.
“So ngayon, parang it’s something new to all of us, na hindi ka lalapit para bumeso or mag-shake hands man lang or yayakap.
”Maybe it’s something that we have to re-learn again!”