Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis’ Shop and Share charitable initiative have officially begun its free COVID-19 rapid testing efforts. 

On Instagram, Shop and Share announced that they were able to provide 600 COVID-19 rapid test kits through the program of the Redemptorists Missionaries in Albay.

“Because of your overwhelming support, we were able to provide 600 COVID-19 test kits for some of our stranded kababayans that reached out to us,” they said in a tweet. 

“This is just the beginning and we promise to do our best to share the donations you have made to our kababayans that need it the most. Maraming, maraming salamat po for supporting this cause,” they added.

The Redemptorists Missionaries in Albay tested those who are stranded in their care. 

Shop and Share is a charity initiative where big-name personalities auction off their prized belongings for a cause.

It was first set up in 2009 after Typhoon Ondoy devastated the country.

In an Instagram post, Angel said the funds raised will be used to purchase coronavirus test kits to allow testing opportunities for poorer sectors. 

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To our friends and fellow artists, Hi. It’s been a while since we’ve done this — way back in 2009 in fact when we first put up Shop and Share to help those who were affected by Typhoon Ondoy. We had actors, singers and even basketball players donate personal items from designer bags, clothes, jerseys, jewelry, etc., and we auctioned them off on ebay, with all the proceeds going to the Philippine Red Cross. And, now, we humbly reach out again. These are hard times, truly frightening times for the Filipino people, especially with corona virus cases still on the rise. Many have been doing their part in trying to give hope or just to make each day easier for those who are in need. And the hard truth is they will remain in need as Covid-19 remains the invisible enemy amongst us changing our lives and sadly disrupting livelihoods. We would like to revisit the idea of artists coming together and helping those who need it the most. This time, with the funds we raise, we would like to purchase test kits and allow testing opportunities for the poorer sectors in the hopes of helping out in the efforts to provide mass testing in the country. Yes, in support of mass testing. Because in this way we can make a higher impact, by pushing the TEST-TRACE-ISOLATE/TREAT formula that is the only proven way to defeat the virus. If you are keen please do let us know. We do hope you can join us as we all work together to help flatten the curve in the Philippines in our little way. God Bless You, Team Shop & Share.

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On June 1, the opening day of the charity initiative, they were able to raise over P700,000.