Singapore Salutes These 5 Filipino Heroes for Contributing to the COVID-19 Response

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) recently launched a video called ‘We Salute You’ to pay tribute to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been working courageously alongside Singaporeans to help keep Singapore running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing the difficulty that OFWs feel while separated from their families, the video features five Filipino unsung heroes who have been contributing to Singapore’s COVID-19 response along with heartfelt messages from their families back home sending them strength and words of encouragement.

Singapore Salutes These 5 Filipino Heroes for Contributing to the COVID-19 Response

Joshua Suarez

With many flights cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua Suarez, a cabin crew at Scoot, has been redeployed to work at the community center where he helps with mask distribution and financial aid applications for the residents.

Carlito Cinco

Carlito Cinco has been working in Singapore for over a decade now. Presently assigned as butler at the 5-star Shangri-La
Hotel, he warmly welcomes returning Singaporeans back home, assisting them on a seamless check-in process, and ensuring that they have a comfortable stay even during these trying times.

Joan Valerio

Joan Valerio, Reservations Executive at the PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, assists in providing accommodations to stranded foreigners in Singapore. As an OFW, she has had to momentarily leave her two kids behind – both of whom are understanding and proud of all of her sacrifices.

Cirilo Lemoneras

Cirilo Lemoneras, e-commerce executive at Viharbour, handles product marketing online. He continuously renders his work to enable people to purchase good online, a safer alternative to going out during these times

KC Oyco

KC Oyco, who works as a pharmacy technician at the Changi General Hospital, remains fully dedicated towards providing the prescribed medicines needed by patients – knowing that these bring not only better health, but can also save lives.

“We appreciate the fortitude and dedication that our Filipino friends in Singapore have shown during these trying times. STB wanted to express our thanks by providing something most valuable to our Filipino friends – hearing words of motivation and encouragement from their loved ones,” says John Conceicao, Singapore Tourism Board Executive Director
for Southeast Asia. “Through this video, we salute you and look forward to the day we can emerge safely from this together.”

At once moving and uplifting, ‘We Salute You’ reminds us that no matter where they are in the world, OFWs continue to be a source of pride and inspiration for those back home in the Philippines. Thus, the Singapore Tourism Board acknowledges and honors their efforts with the following message in the video.

Watch the video here:

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