PBA stars take inspiration from Gal Gadot in 'Heal the World' video cover

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20)— Your favorite local hoops stars— just like the rest of us— have taken time off the court to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But on Day 3 of the Luzon-wide quarantine, some Philippine Basketball Association players joined forces— at least online— to pay tribute to health workers and front liners who have been battling the spread of the infectious disease.

Taking inspiration from Hollywood actress Gal Gadot, Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio enlisted the help of his fellow athletes in an entertaining cover of the Michael Jackson hit song "Heal the World."

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The clip— posted by his Ginebra teammate Mark Caguioa— featured a compilation of recordings from other basketball stars including Paul Lee, Marc Pingris, Scottie Thompson, Jimmy Alapag, Gabe Norwood, Jayson Castro, Japeth Aguilar, Jayjay Helterbrand, James Yap, Beau Belga, Kiefer Ravena, and June Mar Fajardo.

"Alam ko po na napakahirap ng nararanasan natin ngayon na parang nakatigil ang mundo natin ngayon. Kapit lang po, matatapos din po ang pinagdadaanan natin ngayon," Tenorio said in the video message.

[Translation: I know we're having a hard time right now-- as if our world is stopped. Just hang in there, what we're experiencing now will eventually pass.]

In a span of days, the Philippines has seen a rapid spike in COVID-19 cases, which totaled at 217 as of Thursday afternoon. The development prompted the government to place the entire Luzon— where majority of the patients were recorded— under an "enhanced" community quarantine to help curb the spread of the disease.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected more than 240,000 individuals in 160 different countries including China, where the mysterious virus first spread. Over 9,800 deaths have also been recorded worldwide, 17 of them in the Philippines.