It's my poem about my family's experience under, and fear of, this pandemic -- specifically during my fifteenth wedding anniversary when we watched on TV news the Philippine president's official announcement of the imposition of the lockdown in Metro Manila.
I am a member of the Manila Street Astronomers, a volunteer organization that brings astronomy to the public. Usually we hold free telescope viewings of the moon and other heavenly bodies in malls and other public places. Due to quarantine restrictions, we could not carry out our outreach projects. But we really missed bringing astronomy to the public. So when the partial solar eclipse occurred on June 21, 2020, we did a live broadcast of the partial solar eclipse. We had fun doing it and, based on the rave reviews we have been getting, so has the audience. It was fulfilling sharing our astronomy knowledge to the public, to remind ourselves and others amidst the disturbing things happening on earth that there is a bigger universe out there.
Someone suggested to me that I make a blog of ideas to keep kids entertained during lockdown. So I started this blog and promoted it among my friends and relatives. It did not get a wide following, but I got plenty of grateful comments from parents who needed ideas on how to keep their kids busy during lockdown. Every time I received those comments, I felt happy that I was able to help others even in a very small way.
I created these hand cut paper arts during the covid-19 pandemic.
Both my artworks are inspirations that we, all will get through this pandemic.
-My first artwork I created back in April 2020. The world and the holding hands symbolizes hope that we will pass through this pandemic as we all unite as one.
-My second artwork [in photo] I created in June 2020 is another inspiration hope and courage to believe that despite this trying time, there's an end to it. That we shall not lose hope and still try look at the brighter side of things and know that there are more beauty than the ugliness this pandemic has brought in our world.
I took it when I attended the mass at the National Shrine of Sacred Heart in Makati and after one of my marketing and the 1st time to go back in DIVISORIA since March is the abundance of blessings even in this crisis when I took a picture of it when I arrived home.
If it is my last day due to pandemic I would go to Church to celebrate for the last time the Eucharist and thank God for this amazing, beautiful and blessed life. Moreover, thanksgiving does not end inside the Church it continues in the table of my family to continue to thank God for the blessings amidst this crisis. Walking the CAMINO the Way the road made these things happened even if no public transportation.
These are my blog posts as I mused upon the COVID-19 pandemic. From when the virus started spreading, to quarantine thoughts, to looking at it in the context as an environmentalist, and dealing with the new normal.
Social distancing, self-quarantine, community lock down have all taken a toll on people's mental health one way or another.
I wrote this short piece to remind people to connect with each other in a more meaningful way, at least virtually for now, and reach out to those who may be feeling alone.
What does it mean to labor? To toil, particularly in these times? And what happens now when one is suddenly denied this?
With businesses closing left and right and people losing their jobs due to the pandemic, I wrote this reflective piece to commemorate Labor Day in these unusual times.
"In stillness: Voices from a COVID world" is a short film by writer Paolo Mangahas, which features phone voice recordings of people sharing their thoughts on a locked-down world. This 7-minute video gives an honest glimpse into everyone's struggles, vulnerabilities, and hopes during these challenging times.
Paolo currently works and lives in Singapore, where a "circuit breaker" – safety measures to break the chain of COVID-19 transmissions in the community – has been implemented since April 3 (it is expected to be lifted in a phased approach starting June 2). Like the rest of the world, Singapore residents have been asked to stay at home and to only go out for essential activities, which include outdoor exercise. Paolo shot this film entirely using his iPhone during his daily run.
A pandemic death and the new mores of mourning and condoling, viewed from the everyday minutiae of clothing.
Mental resilience and strength of oneself
I wrote this piece to establish accountability or responsibility for COVID-19.
Last Friday night, an ambulance silently entered our street in Cubao. Although its red and blue lights were spinning, its siren was turned off. In the silence of that Good Friday night, two residents from the building two lots away from where we lived were brought inside the ambulance. As quickly as it appeared, the ambulance left our street.
Yesterday morning, as the world celebrated Easter Sunday, the barricades on the streets of our neighborhood were reinforced. Men and women assigned by the Barangay served as guards, checking the identity of every person who wanted to enter the streets. With vehicles banned from passing through the streets, I had to walk several blocks from our residence to the Barangay Hall to get a Quarantine Pass. It was needed to allow me to buy food and maintenance medicines.
Last night, we were told that one of the residents that were taken by the ambulance last Friday night had tested positive for COVID-19. Stricter measures would be implemented. This, it seems, will be our new normal.
The pandemic is a struggle for everyone, and [it's] also hard for me who also lost income sources. As much I can, I take photos whenever I go out to buy supplies. I also felt the frustration of government processes with long lines and unnecessary procedures. But at the end of the day, I am relieved to always come home which I can always feel secure.
On March 17, 2020, Enhanced Community Quarantine is declared amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic. Since then, the twelve AFI deployed security guards at have been lockdown and confined inside the Ayala Museum since to this date (June 29, 2020) to ensure the security and safety of the property they are task to protect. After four months of confinement, you can see the emotional and mental hardship of each of these guards for being separated from their family and being confined 24/7 in a hot and noisy construction environment. Their hardest times is leading to the greatest moments of their lives as nobody thought of quitting their post nor leave their buddies beyond even if other post is readily available [from] their agency.
These guards know the value of loyalty and integrity. The waves of hardship from this Covid-19 Pandemic have changed these guards into a "battle tested" strong men. In the waves of change, they found their true direction in their lives.
My letter to the editor in the South China Morning Post (in HK). Am originally from the Philippines now based in HK. How the world and life needs to change to adapt to the new post-Covid19 normal.
My girlfriend (Krizia Rodriguez) volunteered as an encoder in the Philippine Arena mega-swabbing center in spite of the risks and having no hazard pay. She was well aware of all the things but still pursued to be part of the team and for this, I am truly proud of her and I believe her story should be shared too.
This call for entries poster was created to help the Filipinas Heritage Library collect contributions pertaining to the Philippine experience of the pandemic.
The Filipinas Heritage Library created the Philippine Covid-19 Archive as a response to the pandemic, and developed a plan for collecting materials related to the Covid-19 crisis in the Philippines. This document outlines that collecting strategy, and is the basis for the Philippine Covid-19 Archive item set.