Birthdays are among the many life events affected by the coronavirus. Whereas people could spend them traveling out and about, or throwing celebrations with friends and family present, celebrants are encouraged to practice social distancing as countries all over the world attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Amid the new normal, the gift of life is one to be especially grateful for. Everyday is a blessing in itself, and while turning a year older at home may seem uneventful, these artistas made sure to make the most of their personal new year in the safest ways possible. Here are some that took place under lockdown!
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Ria Atayde just showed her heart of gold! Instead of material gifts, the now 28-year-old called for donations to several organizations for frontliners and families affected by the deadly novel coronavirus disease while wishing “for all of us to get through this virus ordeal together— mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually”.
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My outfit for today 🙈 Thank you to everyone who sent their love and light towards me on my special day. I am truly grateful to have been blessed with another year in spite of what’s going on in this world. On that note, I acknowledge my privilege — I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and even the opportunity to find a way to celebrate today. But at the same time, I acknowledge that my privilege puts me in a position where I can help others. If you’d like to give me a gift, please swipe through this post to see the opportunities to help others — especially those displaced from work because of the lockdown and the frontliners who continue to put us first. My wish this year is for all of us to get through this virus ordeal together — mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. And since it’s my birthday, pls allow me to remind you... be honest about your travel history, stay at home if you are able to and stay safe and sanitized if you really have to be out. Let’s look out for others, try to be kinder to everyone, take good care of yourselves, and like John Mayer said, smile when you can, and laugh when the opportunity comes up 💛 sending you all socially distanced hugs and kisses!! 😘✨
Ria’s mother, actress Sylvia Sanchez, 49th birthday, is especially memorable. She is among the hundreds of Filipinos to recover from COVID-19. About a month after being discharged from the hospital, the Atayde fam threw her a surprise celebration at home!
Matteo Guidicelli, who turned 30 in March, kept his milestone birthday simple with Sarah Geronimo and a chocolate cake. It’s the first birthday they spent as husband and wife.
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On her 24th birthday, Kathryn Bernardo posted a vlog that showed her breaking ground on what will be her first family home built from the ground up. Joined by her loved ones and boyfriend Daniel Padilla, the rest of day was spent blessing the property and a birthday feast.
Kath then let everyone know of DJ's 25th by posting a photo collage of him on Instagram. She also published a vlog revealing their time and travels together!
Soon-to-be dad Billy Crawford got plenty of love on his 38th birthday. In this vlog, wife Coleen Garcia explained that they would be doing a water in mouth challenge. What Billy didn’t realize was that his pregnant wife compiled tons of heartfelt birthday greetings from his closest friends. Watch as he watches them (with his mouth still full!).
Weeks before hitting millions of views of her latest hit Bawal Lumabas, Kim Chiu hit 30. The actress spent her birthday week preparing thousands of food packages for barangays and hospitals around Metro Manila. She also celebrated with scrumptious feasts at home, while Bela Padilla and boyfriend Xian Lim stopped by as well.
Of everyone on this list, Sam Milby may have had the most talked about birthday post. On May 23, the now-36 actor-musician posted an Instagram photo of him getting cute and cuddly with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from what seemed to be a trip! Sam even captioned as if to confirm their relationship, "Worth every second of the wait. Most special birthday yet." This, after the two denied rumors of them being an item since last year.
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Banner image taken from Sam Milby's Instagram account