On the night of January 30, 2020, news about Lovely Embuscado broke out. It was reported that she was seen camping out in the streets with her mum for almost a week. She was once young and healthy, full of promise, full of life. Her future was bright. But somewhere along the way, even the happiest and most carefree of us all can become overwhelmed, withered, weak. The financial strains and the mental health issues have caused a huge impact on her life. She needs our help now more than ever. Read more here: https://www.pep.ph/pepalerts/cabinet-files/149058/former-protege-contestant-lovely-embuscado-homeless-a734-20200130
We set up a benefit concert on February 8, 2020 at Zirkoh Tomas Morato to help raise funds for Lovely. We invited celebrity performers like Miss Jaya, Ice Seguerra, Jona, Aicelle Santos, Maricris Garcia, Season 1 Protege finalists and a lot more. We were able to raise up to a hundred thousand pesos including donations sent from abroad.
Right after the benefit concert, we took her to National Center for Mental Health to have her checked. There, she was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The bulk of the money went straight to Lovely Embuscado’s mental health treatment. A portion of it was given to her mum to help give her a fresh start. The money was also spent for their temporary shelter, food, and allowance.
The funds that we raised have helped Lovely immensely, but I’m afraid that they won’t last long and may not be enough to sustain her mental health treatment. Her monthly treatment can reach up to 20,000 or more depending on the doctor’s professional fee and tests. The funds gathered are now low, amounting to Php 29,168.24. The original plan was to get her at least a 3-month long treatment— the funds would suffice. But because of the pandemic, she had to stay a bit longer. I hope we can all help Lovely and join her on this journey to overcoming Schizophrenia. All the money will go to her treatment, and whatever left will be given to Lovely and her mum.
Thank you very much and may God bless you all!