Philippine Showbiz Today Vol 12 no 3 - Page 16

16 Philippine Showbiz Today

16 Philippine Showbiz Today

February 8 - 21 , 2017

Unleashing TV5 ’ s makings of a hero

In this day and age , we still beg to ask , what makes a hero ?
Is it determined by the size of his cape , or does it concern his range of extraordinary abilities ? Well , in reality , none of these things matter to be a true hero . Because being a hero is determined neither by size and design of a cape nor by much superhumanly you can function . More than those , being a superhero is defined by your willingness to do good deeds and help those around you . And last Christmas presented the perfect opportunity for everyone to showcase your own versions of heroism .
TV5 did exactly that by hosting a Christmas party for the patients of Bahay Aruga , with the help of television ’ s most noted superheroes , namely the Flash and Arrow .
Bahay Aruga is a community focused on housing young pediatric cancer patients at Philippine General Hospital ( PGH ). Founding President Mayette Bonilla says the organization was
established due to the necessity of finding the proper care for the children at PGH .
“ If you go to a PGH country institute , you ’ ll see that [ some of ] these kids come from different provinces ; since the treatment of their diseases isn ’ t available in their area . So , they travel all the way to Manila to get the free treatment that they need . Unfortunately , they need a place to stay in Manila , but they do not all have the capacity [ to pay for housing ] and that ’ s where we come in ,” she further explains .
The Christmas party , held on Dec . 12 , marked the second time TV5 visited the community to help the children . “ We are happy that TV5 was here and with all these blessings present , we really thank you ,” Bonilla said .
In this two-hour event , TV5 held an unforgettable Christmas celebration for the kids , and even recruited cosplayers to act as television characters , the Flash and Arrow . When asked why these specific heroes were chosen , TV5 ’ s Primetime Brand Manager Racquel Aliño said , “ We chose Flash and Arrow because as heroes , they fight for what is right . Through their example , we want the kids to also fight , but in this case , against their sicknesses .” Not only did the
Flash and the Arrow serve as inspiration for the children , they also brought joy to the kids as they were able to play a series of games and challenges with them .
Through it all , it was a fun and eventful activity – complete with snacks , games and loot bags , which included exclusive the Flash and Arrow items , for the children to remember their encounter with the two superheroes .
In addition to this , TV5 also
TV5 spends a fun-filled afternoon with the kids of Bahay Aruga
donated 200 Colonoscopy bags to aid the patients ’ road to recovery . “ On behalf of TV5 , we would like to encourage everyone to go out of their comfort zones and start making a difference in the world . Because even an act as small as spending the holidays with children-in-need , can make a difference in the lives of many ,” says Rissa Guilas , TV5 ’ s head of Entertainment Marketing . ●
- Manila Standard