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Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 alumna Vivoree Esclito feels blessed to be home with her family in Bohol during quarantine. The actress, who stays in Quezon City for work, shares that she was fortunate to have booked a flight before the travel ban was implemented.

Vivoree’s mother is a public school teacher while her father is a seafarer, so being constantly away from them is not new, considering that she also works in Metro Manila. On the other hand, her younger brother and sister both go to school.

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Now that everyone is staying home under the enhanced community quarantine, Vivoree is grateful to have her family around. 

“’Yung relationship namin, ‘yung bond namin mas naging strong, tapos parang pangbawi na rin sa mga time na hindi kami magkakasama. ‘Di ba work tsaka school, mga kapatid ko, tsaka ako din, parents ko working, ako din nag-wowork din ako. So, ‘yung relationship namin, much stronger while naka-quarantine,” she explains.

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Because of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, Vivoree’s family observes safety measures and follows the rules of the enhanced community quarantine. 

“We’re staying home. Siyempre lagi kami naghuhugas ng kamay, tapos eating healthy tapos nag-sasanitize kami every time. Natutulog na rin kami nang maaga, tapos prevent staying outside unless, you know, may importante talagang gagawin,” the actress says.

Her family also manages their stock of food to avoid going out of the house more often. 

Vivoree explains their schedule for groceries: “Usually, depende kung mauubos na ‘yung stock namin, so more or less twice a week [lumalabas], tapos ‘yung madalas talaga pumupunta, ‘yung mga parents ko. May schedule rin kung kailan open ‘yung [stores], so parang limited pa rin ‘yung time namin kung kailan kami makakapag-groocery.”

Household chores also keep Vivoree and her sibling productive at home. They take turns in accomplishing tasks. “[Since] tatlo kaming magkakapatid, ginagawa namin ‘yung schedule namin: kunwari, paghuhugas ng plato: morning ‘yung bunsong babae then lunch ‘yung lalaki kong kapatid, then gabi ako, pero minsan hindi nasusunod pero okay lang.  Tapos nagwawalis ng bahay tapos nagtutupi ng mga clothes, linis ng kwarto.”

Aside from watching movies, her family also bonds over something interesting: cards. “’Yung ginagawa talaga namin as bonding, every night nanunuod kami ng movies or naglalaro kami ng card kasi usually ‘yung mga daytime, busy ‘yung parents ko eh. ‘Di pa kasi tapos ‘yung bahay namin, so doon sila na-bubusy.  Tapos … [Nag-bobond kami through] playing cards, ‘yun, kwentuhan.”

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Vivoree’s family prioritizes their relatives affected by COVID-19 even though their budget is modest. “May mga families din kasi kami na outside talaga sa lugar namin. Pinuntahan talaga namin ‘yung relatives namin. More or less three hours ‘yung drive papunta doon. Nagbigay kami, nag-abot kami ng goods sa kanila, tapos parang bisita na rin sa kanila. Nangangamusta kami, kasi matagal na kami hindi nakakabisita doon. ‘Yung budget namin, hindi naman kami ganoon ka-well-off eh, so pinaprioritize namin ‘yung relatives namin.”

Vivoree admits that she misses her work in Manila and the people she used to be with almost every day. She relies a lot on technology in keeping in touch with her friends. “Actually nag-uusap kami through IG [Instagram]. Nagpi-PM (private message) kami. May group chat kasi kami eh, doon kami nagkakamustahan.” She talks mostly to her friend from the hit serye The Killer Bride and other old friends.

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When there are no online meetings for the day, Vivoree also hones a lot of skills while staying home. “Nag-guguitar ako, nagbabasa ng libro. I actually watch Spanish lessons sa Youtube,” Vivoreee reveals. “Then nagsusulat din ako whatever I think of.” She recently made an Instagram account where she posts her poems, lyrics, and short stories.

Credits to Vivoree Esclito

Credits to Vivoree Esclito

In these trying times, Vivoree offers some safety tips for everyone. “As much as possible ‘di ba ‘wag lumabas kung hindi kailangan, social distancing and mag-mask talaga and always magdala ng alcohol. And then lagi maghugas ng kamay. Kumain ng healthy, kumain ng fruits, vegetables and then dapat laging updated sa balita. Importante talaga na updated tayo.”

She also sends a  message to anyone losing hope: “Siyempre hindi madali ‘yung pinagdadaanan natin ngayon pero sana mas ma-strengthen ‘yung faith natin kay Lord, and ‘yung sana maging matatag lang tayo. ‘Wag sana tayo mawawalan ng pag-asa.”

Vivoree still envisions a bright future ahead. “As long as manalig tayo and marenew natin ‘yung trust natin, and think moving forward, kasi malalagpasan natin ‘tong lahat basta tulong-tulong tayo lahat tayo, cooperative and united. Sana everyone, stay safe. Para after all of this, pwede tayo mag-celebrate.”