Pauline Lopez says getting stuck in Subic during quarantine was "blessing in disguise"
Santino Honasan on Jun 22, 2020 12:21 PM
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When the Philippines got hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and quarantine measures were implemented almost instantly that a number of people got stuck away from home.
Such was the case for SEA Games gold medalist and National Taekwondo star Pauline Lopez, who found herself stuck in Subic throughout the Luzon-wide quarantine.
“I’ve been stuck in the lockdown in Subic. It’s much safer here, it’s been good,” Lopez told ABS-CBN Sports. “I got stuck here with some of my friends because before the lockdown, the weekend before the lockdown, we came here with my friends, and then they announced the lockdown so we got stuck here.”
The silver lining, Lopez says, is that the situation isn’t as bad in Subic as it is in Manila, and also she’s able to train with people.
“But I think maybe it was a blessing in disguise, because it’s much safer here and also, I’m able to train,” she said.
Lopez added that she hopes to be able to return to Manila by the end of the month.
Since the pandemic brought upon a lot of uncertainty and fear, most people had the comfort of being around family during such a trying time.
For Lopez however, whose family is back in the United States, it was admittedly difficult at first.
“It was rough in the beginning, pero I’ve adjusted. It’s still hard because my family is in the states, pero okay lang, medyo sanay na ako. I’ve been so used to being away from them.”
Thankfully, technology has done a great job of bridging the distance between people, and even though they’re apart, Pauline says that she’s in always constant communication with her dad.
“There’s FaceTime, there’s always a call, messenger, Instagram, pero this time it’s different kasi we’re in a pandemic, and being away from my family, it’s been hard, but my dad still continues to motivate me more than ever, but it’s more of just keeping my spirit high, you know, the so-called champion spirit.”
The last few months have definitely been difficult for almost everyone who’s been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and while it may be hard to stay positive at times, Pauline says that she’s done whatever she can to remain in high spirits.
“I still try to remain positive during this time, so that’s how I’ve been keeping my positivity, with training, with keeping up with my dad, with checking up on my family and friends.”
Lopez's situation didn't stop her from using her platform to help those who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.