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Most of the local businesses in our city are experiencing financial strain and are worried if they can continue operating in the future. Now that our national government is easing down restrictions, it is about time that we try and visit our local stores first. This allows them to regain the financial stability that they have lost for months due to the pandemic lockdown.
Why Support Local?
Our local businesses bring growth and character to our communities. They provide various employment opportunities for everyone. Whether they are selling clothing and food or offering beauty and entertainment services, these businesses are what make our city unique and special.
Ways to Support Local Businesses
Order takeout or delivery
Make use of local delivery apps
Whenever you need essential items to be delivered to someone else, you can always count on local delivery apps such as Angkas. More than our everyday heroes to beat the city traffic, Angkas Padala can also send the things you need to get delivered safely and promptly. Not only are you taking advantage of this convenience but you are supporting our drivers as well.
Give shout-outs on social media platforms
Just received your ordered food or items from your favorite local store? Why not give a special shout-out to them on Facebook or Instagram? During this time, more people are active on social media. Meaning, you are making a large audience become aware of your favorite store’s business.
Avoid paying in cash as much as possible
Local store employees are as afraid as we are in contracting the virus. While some of us don’t need to have a face-to-face with strangers every day, these employees do. When an alternative payment method is available, such as GCash and online bank transfer, make use of it instead. This is a simple way to limit the risk of exposure to the virus.
Become more understanding
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Supporting Our Local Artists
Of course! How can we forget about our talented homegrown artists?
With arts and events spaces still closed, gigs, workshops, and conferences are put on hold. Although artists have begun and continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ by sharing their talents online, showing them our support can help keep their fire burning.
To maintain healthy arts, music, and dance communities, here are a few ways you can support them.
Like, comment, and share
One of the simplest ways to support our local artists is to engage in their social media posts. Like their page, comment on their posts, and share their videos and photos to your friends and family so it could reach beyond the local community.
Participate in online activities and workshops
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Intertextual Division has invited all visual artists, such as photographers, graphic designers, and painters to submit their works related to COVID-19, Lockdown, Isolation, ECQ, and Healing for their Ani 41 Journal.
Attend online shows
Share their works of art to your friends
The Rice Movement
During the online shows of Dasig Bisaya, donations from private individuals, as well as corporate sponsors, will be given to The Rice Movement. It is an initiative to raise funds to buy rice for families greatly affected during this challenging time.
Bigay Kulay aims to provide Positive Distraction and Learnings from educational materials to help the youth cope with the pandemic. Currently, they are asking help from artists to curate a special activity book for the kids.