[originally from MB]
Malolos City, Bulacan — It’s not every day when people afflicted with sickness and pain find free remedy with stateside doctors attending to them; and even rarer to be in the company of a movie star at a medical mission.
So, when showbiz hearththrob Dingdong Dantes stepped out of his vehicle to lead the turnover of a brand new Foton ambulance donated by the YesPinoy Foundation to the provincial government, led by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, half the crowd of screaming patients seemed to have been “healed.”
As chairman of the foundation, Dantes led the turnover of the ambulance. “It is our goal in YesPinoy Foundation to help local governments in responding to sick calls and other emergencies,” he said in Filipino.
Alvarado thanked Dantes and said that the brand new ambulance will be deployed to the coastal town of Hagonoy, which together with nearby Calumpit town, has become the perennial catch basin of floods every time a powerful typhoon hits the province.
Noticing the overwhelming reception Capitol employees and patients lined up for the medical mission gave to Dantes, Alvarado invited him to meet and greet the medical beneficiaries to which the actor gladly obliged.
At the Capitol Gym, 82 US-based doctors belonging to the Philippine Medical Association-Medical Mission Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Missouri, USA, were conducting their weeklong medical mission.
When Dantes walked in, pandemonium broke loose and even the frail had found strength in their knees to jump up to the smiling and amiable celebrity. Some even joked that they had already been healed.
“We are fortunate today because not only are doctors from the United States here to care for our sick, but Dingdong Dantes has shown that he is our friend and given us a brand new ambulance,” Alvarado said in Filipino drawing cheers and applause from the crowd.