Frontliner dances COVID-19 away with TikTok

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“Tiktok is life pa rin kahit nasaktan ka na.”

This frontliner who was struck by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while performing his duty is proving that he’s stronger than the virus with some help from Tiktok. 

Nico Centillas Torreon, a nurse assistant from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, is using the popular video-sharing app to serve as an inspiration and bring good vibes to fellow frontliners and patients battling the illness.

“Naisip ko (mag-TikTok) para maka-inspire sa iba na huwag mawalan ng pag-asa, laban lang,” he told STAR. 

To overcome his fears, Torreon continues to make videos on TikTok even if he’s undergoing quarantine.  

“Takot na takot ako, kasi ayaw ko pa mamatay. Ginawa ko na lang po nilakasan ko po ‘yung loob ko para sa family ko,” he added.

Despite showing symptoms, Torreon said his family is pleased with his positivity and with the way he’s dealing with the pain of being a COVID-19 patient. 

“Natuwa sila kasi kahit alam nila (na) masakit ulo ko, masakit likod ko, nahihilo nagawa ko pa din mag-TikTok para sa kanila at para sa iba na ma-inspire ko sila na lumaban lang,” Torreon said.

In his videos, Torreon can be seen dancing lively inside a hospital room while connected to an intravenous drip.

Yung tiktok is life pa din kahit nasaktan kana pero kaylangan mong pakita na lumalaban ka 😁 IAM stronger than covid-19 virus 💪 Laban Lang 👊#iamPH920💪

Posted by Nico Centillas Torreon on Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Netizens sent Torreon well-wishes and prayers for his fast recovery.

Torreon tested positive for COVID-19 last March 27. As of Thursday, he said he is in good condition but on medication for pain relief as stated on STAR’s Facebook post.

A nurse assistant from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City used social media platform TikTok as his outlet in facing the struggle of being a COVID-19 patient.Nico Centillas Torreon, who has been working in the hospital for almost seven years, said that he made the videos to inspire and send good vibes to his family and fellow frontliners.“Naisip ko [mag TikTok] para maka-inspire sa iba na huwag mawalan ng pag-asa, laban lang,” he said.Torreon is one of the many frontliners who acquired the virus while on duty. He tested positive for COVID-19 last March 27, 2020.“Takot na takot ako, kasi ayaw ko pa mamatay. Ginawa ko na lang po nilakasan ko po ‘yung loob ko para sa family ko,” he said.According to Torreon, his family prays for his fast recovery and supports him in making TikTok videos while on quarantine. “Natuwa sila kasi kahit alam nila [na] masakit ulo ko, masakit likod ko, nahihilo nagawa ko pa din mag-TikTok para sa kanila at para sa iba na ma-inspire ko sila na lumaban lang,” Torreon said.He added that making music videos through TikTok gives him hope that he will be okay in no time. Torreon made numerous TikTok videos and many netizens sent him well-wishes and prayers as he tries to recover from COVID-19. As of writing, Torreon said he is feeling better but noted that he is still taking medicine for pain relief. (Video courtesy of Nico Centillas Torreon)

Posted by Philippine Star on Thursday, 2 April 2020


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