Cebu Facebook Group Shares the Love Amid COVID-19 Community Quarantine

by - June 19, 2020

Cebu Facebook Group Shares the Love Amid COVID-19 Community Quarantine

Recently this month,  a Facebook group called Cebu Sharing Community was launched. The public group aims to provide an option for Cebu locals to share their generosity, giving and receiving essential and non-essential items for free.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, upsetting economies around the world and forcing businesses to shut down or lay off thousands of workers, people are turning to social media for support.

Among the support that social media platforms like Facebook offer are buy-and-sell and barter-trade groups. However, not all individuals have the means to purchase nor barter anything.

'One man's trash is another man's treasure'

Cebu Sharing Community aims to bridge this gap by advocating the idea of sharing instead of consumerism in a bid to augment the many needs of the less fortunate.

Mae Ausifas Mangubat, one of the group moderators, shared

"Hi, this platform is created by the most generous and beautiful friend, Kyle Pombuena to help the community. Plainly to help, not to acquire profit nor have proceeds from it. 🙂"
We share because we can.
Cebu Facebook Group Shares the Love Amid COVID-19 Community Quarantine
Screenshot courtesy of Cebu Sharing Community

The group rules are straightforward:

  • Bartering and selling are not allowed
  • Cashless transactions only
  • Share out of kindness and generosity
Initially, the group catered to the sharing of items that one no longer needs. As what the group description says, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

However, group members were more than willing to give out items that are not necessarily trash but are essential items that other people can benefit from, such as food packs, used school books, and medicines.

Sharing the love and spreading kindness amid COVID-19

Kyle Pombuena, one of the co-founders of the group, encouraged members not to hesitate asking for help:

"The past days we were flooded with generosity and it felt so good to have been able to provide food packs even if it was just for a handfull of receivers. Imagine if everyone had something to share? Now we truly believe that it is still possible to spread positivity and kindness throughout Cebu despite all the bad news going on! Naa pay paglaum! 🤩

"If you have things in mind that you want to share, please do post it here. And if there is ANYTHING you need or even want to receive, we encourage you all to use this platform to its maximum capacity.
#cebusharingcommunity #ShareNa!"


Cebu Facebook Group Shares the Love Amid COVID-19 Community Quarantine
Screenshot courtesy of Cebu Sharing Community


The group currently boasts more than 600 members—and the number keeps growing.

Featured image courtesy of Cebu Sharing Community/Facebook Banner

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