THE VATICAN, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles, Rome Bureau) – It is no secret that Italy has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and even The Vatican has all but shut down in adherence to social distancing.
Today is Palm Sunday where the gospel reading talks about Pontius Pilate washing his hands as he committed Jesus to the people’s demand for the Christ’s cruxifixion.
On the eve of the start of Holy Week, Pope Francis addressed all of Christendom, seated in the middle of an empty St. Peter’s Square, to announce that the church is naming Pontius Pilate the patron saint of all who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Francis urged all Catholics to emulate Pilate by washing their hands.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sometimes, it takes a crisis of pandemic proportions for the greatest of enemies to come together as one, joining fists to fight even an invisible enemy like COVID-19.
Today, in an unusual show of solidarity, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo did a fist bump, signifying their resolve to make amends and to work closely together — well, with a little bit of social distancing — to lead the island nation towards being coronavirus-free.
The fist bump happened online — Duterte in Malacanang and Robredo at the Boracay Mansion — serenaded by the who’s who in Pinoy music singing the theme song, “We Heal As One.”
Both Duterte and Robredo also announced they were both quarantining themselves, promising that neither of them will issue any public statement or press release until the country is certified COVID-free by the World Health Organization.
Let the healing begin.
SAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – In this time of crisis of pandemic proportions, not to mention directives for shelter-in-place (or enhanced community quarantine), netizens need all the tools they can muster to express to their friends, followers and networks how they genuinely feel about COVID-19.
As expected, many feel sad, angry, shocked and what-have-you. And these emotions can be expressed through emojis that the social media network Facebook has provided to account holders. But the available emoticons may not express what many truly feel about this unprecedented situation.
So today, Facebook unveiled the latest addition to its reaction emoticons — an emoji that will surely express what many feel about COVID-19.
Use the new emoticon. It’s now at your disposal!