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Andanar to Filipinos: Maintain optimism amid challenges vs pandemic

Philippine Information Agency
01 Oct 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) -- Communications Secretary Martin Andanar encouraged fellow Filipinos to maintain optimism as they face the challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In today's episode of the Laging Handa Network Briefing, the Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) secretary cited the life of famous silent film actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin and drew inspiration from his hardships and success, considered by biographer David Robinson as the "most dramatic of all the rags-to-richest stories ever told."

Born in a rather dismal childhood, the actor was known to have raised himself, since both of his parents were inept to take care of him. His father was an alcoholic while his mother was confined in a mental institution. Chaplin's success and stardom were established entirely from his own brilliance and dedication to produce and create silent comedy films which remained iconic even today.

Secretary Andanar imparted to his fellow Filipinos to try to live by Chaplin's wisdom when dealing with crisis: remember that nothing is forever, not even one's problems, and dismiss troubles with gracious forgetfulness.

"Like Chaplin, let us laugh at our problems. These, too, shall pass. All the problems in this world have their solutions. Have faith, never lose hope and surely one day, you will achieve what you've been yearning for," the secretary affirmed.

Today's episode featured the municipal mayor of San Fransisco town in Agusan del Sur Solomon Rufila and Rosario town Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president Kirkja Fuentes. Joining them are the undersecretaries of the Department of Health (DOH), Usec. Maria Rosario Vergiere and Department of Education (DepEd), Usec. Diosdado San Antonio, with Alexis Cabardo from PTV Agusan del Sur as the media co-host. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

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