In Muntinlupa, Cupcakes for Frontliners to Celebrate a Baker's Birthday!
Gari Sy Rivera | April 23, 2020
On 16 April 2020, Professional baker Theresa Alberto decided to celebrate her fourty-third birthday in a meaningful way by baking dozens of homemade cupcakes for COVID-19 frontliners located in Alabang, Muntinlupa who risk their lives as they serve the country in their daily jobs. “Instead of accepting gifts, I wanted to share my blessings to our frontliners who give their lives to protects and serve us.”
Theresa has always celebrated her birthday by sharing what she has. This year, she decided to do it in a way that was relevant to what was happening in the country today. “Every year I always make it a point I give back all the blessings that I received through the entire year," Theresa says, "This year I was inspired by our modern heroes like our frontliners. I was touched by their dedication to give their lives for our COVID patients and for the safety of the Filipino people. I celebrated my birthday in a simple but meaningful way by sharing my homemade cupcakes with our frontliners.”
Baking boxes of chocolate frosted cupcakes on her own, she received help in delivering these from her sister and brother-in-law. With their help, they were able to reach and give cupcakes to frontliners in Alabang, Muntinlupa, including supermarket employees, village guards, checkpoint guards and soldiers, even garbage collectors in the area who continue to work for the public.
Considering the implemented policy for only one family member leaving the house for errands, Theresa relates that this was what they had to work around yet their goal to do something meaningful and helpful on her special day was what encouraged them to go out still and reach frontliners. “The only challenging part is leaving the house," she shares, "But, I wanted to do something worth remembering.”
Filipinos today from different points in the country have stepped up, practicing bayanihan in ways that they can. Theresa finds that the nation is like one unit, a family that must depend on each other especially in trying times. “We Filipinos are all related to each other. We may not be related by blood but we are all united in times like this,” she shares, “Our frontliners are like our Ates, Kuyas, Tatays, Nanays at mga kaibigan. (Our frontliners are our older sisters, older brothers, fathers, mothers and friends.) For me, it’s enough of a reason as to why it is important to reach and help them in a simple way I can.”
Encouraging fellow Filipinos at home to help in ways they can, she sends a reminder to keep faith. “To my fellow Filipinos, please stay home and be productive even at home. Do not lose hope, let's beat COVID-19 by staying home,” she adds, “Life may not be like the way it used to be after the lockdown, but let’s keep our faith intact. God is mightier than any virus. Magkikita kita din po tayo sa labas. (We’ll see each other again outside when this ends.)"
Theresa also wishes safety, health, and strength for our frontliners, fighting the continuous battle against the tough virus. “My message to our frontliners, keep your body strong, your mind sane and faith alive. We are all praying for you, that after all the chaos, you can all go home to your families alive and healthy. We will all beat this virus.”