Tough is an understatement to describe how the past year has been with the immense impact it brought to the daily lives and health of the Filipinos. The new normal has been challenging, and it has put significant pressure on our healthcare system. But tough can also be used for our frontliners, the first line of defense against increased cases of COVID-19. They have been a symbol of strength, perseverance, and their dedication to do so makes them worthy of all the praises and gratitude.