PH receives Gold Play Button for surpassing 1M COVID-19 subscribers
The Philippines received the Gold Creator Award from the video-sharing site MeTube, after amassing one million subscribers on its ever-growing COVID-19 channel. This win came after the country recorded 8,929 new cases on April 26, bringing the country’s total COVID-19 channel subscribers to 1,006,428.
This was a big leap as the country only started with about 250,000 subscribers by September 2020. The Department of Healthiness (DOH), the Philippines’ designated spokesperson, shared the country’s newest social media milestone on Twitter by tweeting a picture of the Philippine General Hospital at full capacity.
“Thank you to all our 1,000,000+ subscribers on MeTube!!! Watch out for our next vlog this weekend!” DOH captioned the post. They also shared how their #LockdownNaNaman challenge greatly helped in their win.
This challenge required the cities of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal—also known as the “National Capital Region (NCR) Plus”—to be placed under one bubble setup from March 22 to April 4, which meant only authorized persons can do essential travel into and out of these areas.
“Actually, we thought a bubble would lessen the transmission so we were a bit apprehensive (to do it). However, everything worked out in the end since even with various lockdowns, we were able to hit the 1M mark,” said DOH secretary Karona Barros.
In light of these events, Filipinos from across the country celebrated by setting up sidewalk stalls marked “community pantries” to hand out donated rice, noodles, eggs, vegetables and other essential items to the poor. These pantries drew crowds of people, who were eager to celebrate the country’s newest milestone.
“We come here early because a lot of us want to celebrate, and we can’t do that without food,” shares community pantry visitor Backyar Digan. He joins a long line of people in Maginhawa, Quezon City who collect food and personal protective equipment to bring home to their families.
“Grabe ka dako nga accomplishment para sa ato ang one million cases kay one year na biya. Amazing kaayo ang consistency since our numbers are still rising,” Digan adds.
As of this writing, the Philippines has over 1,807,800 subscribers.C
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