Filipino man creates anti-coronavirus Valentine's Day bouquet

"5 lucky girls" won his Facebook competition.
"5 lucky girls" won his Facebook competition. Photo credit: Facebook

A Filipino man has created an anti-coronavirus bouquet in honour of Valentine's Day.

Rigel Thomas from Cebu City in the Philippines gifted "hygiene kit" bouquets to "5 lucky girls" earlier this month after he posted a competition on his Facebook page.

The Philippines was the first country outside China to announce its first death from coronavirus two weeks ago.

The self-described vlogger and filmmaker said he created the #AntiCoronaBouquets to "provide awareness of the importance of hygiene".

Thomas told his Facebook followers he wanted them to be "safe and healthy and virus free".

"So all you need to do to win the Anti-Corona Bouquet is like this post", the influencer posted. "Where are my 5 girls at?"

The bouquet consists of a bunch of flowers paired with hand sanitiser, a face mask and antibacterial soaps and is worth NZD$18.

"I find this weirdly beautiful" a social media user wrote.
"I find this weirdly beautiful" a social media user wrote. Photo credit: Facebook

Filipino flower shops have already picked up Thomas' bouquet concept.

One florist posted on Facebook: "When you love someone you'll protect them in any way...we've got this anti-coronavirus bouquet as a perfect gift this Valentines Day."

Thomas said his bouquets were intended to lighten the mood after fear of coronavirus had swept the Philippines.

His Facebook post has been shared more than 5000 times and received support from social media users.

One user commented: "I find this weirdly beautiful".

"Honestly, what is hotter than not getting a deadly infection?" another person wrote.

Three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Philippines with 215 people under observation for possible infections.