The face masks that B.I donated to fans in the Philippines, and Pinoy fans’ donation to San Lazaro Hospital under the singer’s name (Photos: @still131fan_PH, @ilytdbitei121BJ, YG). B. I (real name: Kim Hanbin), former leader of K-pop boy band iKON, has donated 100,000 face masks to his fans around the world including in the Philippines as a measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He launched the donation project in February when COVID-19 cases started to rapidly rise in South Korea and other countries. When I got a mask, I have always been busy trying to cover my face. But at this moment, I hope this mask will be used to protect people who love and support me,” B.I said, according to B.I worldwide fanbase Twitter account @still131fan.
The total amount of his donation reached 200 million won (about $166,000 or P8.3 million). Companies Namyeung Vivien and SBW also made donations to his cause. His Korean fanbase helped in delivering the masks to B.I’s fans in 14 countries, and in orphanages and children’s facilities in South Korea. In May, B.I and Jung Heum donated 1,000 face masks to orphanage Angels’ Haven for Children in Seoul. B. I sent 5,000 masks to the Philippines and 625 Pinoy fans are the beneficiaries of the donation. In return, Pinoy fans donated surgical masks to the San Lazaro Hospital under B.I’s name and they plan to make another donation. Who would’ve thought your kindness will reach my hometown @ikon_shxxbi. You will have my support, always. I wish all good things would come to you soon,” another fan wrote. A Pinoy fan tweeted, “Received Hanbin masks today!! @still131fan_PH thank you so much for these. Couldn’t be more proud to be your people, @ikon_shxxbi. We are truly blessed to have you. Iloveyouverymuch. #SalamatHanbin #HanbinMasksForPH.”