Yeng Constantino took to Instagram to offer a song of encouragement to all the medical front-liners risking their lives to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country.
She shared on her post that she received a message about doctors asking for videos of encouragement from artists and musicians to help lift their spirits during these difficult times. And so she performed an original, “Kumapit,” to offer hope to those who need it.
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However, Yeng did not pretend to forget the controversy she found herself in last year regarding her treatment to medical staff in a Siargao hospital. It was back in July 2019 when she posted a vlog and social media rant directed towards Dapa Siargao Hospital for allegedly not giving her husband, Yan Asuncion, immediate attention after he injured himself while cliff diving. She also complained about the medical equipment and lack of staff, among others.
She also uploaded the photo of the doctor, the OIC Chief of Hospital of Siargao District Hospital, Dr. Esterlina Tan, who she claimed had displayed a lack of concern and urgency over her husband’s injury.
But after facing backlash, Yeng took down all her posts related to the incident and issued an apology.
Now, she expresses remorse for what she did but still gathered the courage to show her support for all front-liners.
“Gustong gusto ko pong gumawa ng video pero sa totoo lang po nahihiya ako. Dahil baka imbes na maencourage ko po kayo eh mainis kayo sakin dahil sa mistake na nagawa ko last year. Parang may digmaan sa kalooban ko dahil gusto ko pong magsend ng video message pero baka di naman po makatulong,” she wrote.
“Pero ngayong araw nagdedesisyon po ako na itapon ang hiya at humingi ng tawad sa lahat po ng nasaktan ko sa medical field. Patawad po.”
(“I really wanted to make this video but, to be honest, I’m embarrassed. Because instead of encouraging you, you might be irritated by me more because of my mistake last year. It’s like there’s a war inside me because I want to send a video message but it might not help at all.
But today, I decided to silence my shame and ask forgiveness from all those I’ve hurt in the medical field. Forgive me.”)
She then thanked the medical workers for their service amid this terrifying disease that has already affected over 2,000 Filipinos.
“Sa pagninilay-nilay ko po sa sitwasyon natin ngayon nakasulat po ako ng kanta na sana po ay makaencourage sainyo pati narin po sa marami pang nawawalan na ng loob. Maraming salamat po! Saludo po kami sa inyong sakripisyo. Wag po kayo bumitaw. Kailangan po namin kayo.”
(“As I pondered on our current situation, I was able to write a song that will hopefully encourage all of you, as well as all those who are losing faith. Thank you very much! We salute you all for your sacrifice. Don’t give up. We still need you.”)
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