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WATCH: Student stranded in Clark plays violin for those affected by COVID-19

/ 04:04 PM March 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A music student left stranded in Clark, Pampanga is using his talent to bring some comfort as the country is embattled with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

 

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Orlando Ladia Jr., 19, played “People Need the Lord” by Steve Green outside The Mansion Hotel, where travelers unable to leave are staying for free amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

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Student stranded in Clark due to quarantine plays violin for COVID-19 patients

Student stranded in Clark due to quarantine plays violin for COVID-19 patientsA college student stranded in Clark due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions offered prayers for those afflicted by the virus, by playing the song “People Need the Lord” with his violin. “Dedicated iyon sa lahat ng tao; siyempre sa panahon ngayon, people need the Lord kasi maraming namamatay, maraming sorrowful dahil nawalan ng mahal sa buhay at may sakit,” says 19-year-old Orlando Ladia, Jr.Ladia is a scholar studying at the St. Scholastica’s College School of Music in Manila, and has been staying at The Mansion Hotel in Clark for the past week, after being stranded at the Clark International Airport. “Pauwi po ako ng GenSan para makaiwas sa lockdown…Pero God is great po. Hindi ko alam may reason siya na nag-stay kami at hindi nakasakay sa plane kasi may better plan siya,” Ladia says.“Blessing po para sa akin na nakasama sa mga stranded dito sa The Mansion kasi may libre food tsaka libreng hotel, aircon pa. Compared po sa buhay sa Manila na dorm, malayo pa sa palengke at pahirapan sa pagbili ng ulam,” he adds. Almost 200 people are staying for free at The Mansion Hotel in Clark since March 19, as part of the efforts of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), and the Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD) to help passengers who were stranded due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon and the lockdowns imposed in their respective destinations. They will be taken good care of while in Clark, until the imposed lockdowns in their destinations are lifted.Video courtesy of Mike Navarrete

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Ladia was supposed to go home to General Santos City in South Cotabato but was one of those affected by travel bans during the lockdown. He is a scholar at St. Scholastica’s College School of Music.

 

“Dedicated iyon sa lahat ng tao; siyempre sa panahon ngayon, people need the Lord kasi maraming namamatay, maraming sorrowful dahil nawalan ng mahal sa buhay at may sakit,” he said of the piece in a statement from The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) group Thursday.

 

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(This is dedicated to all people; especially in this time, people need the Lord because many are dying, many are sorrowful because they have lost their loved ones to the illness.)

 

The hotel has been housing almost 200 guests for free since March 19. President Rodrigo Duterte declared the ECQ on March 16 amid growing cases of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

READ: Europeans sing health workers’ praises nightly from windows

 

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