Contributor is exactly Paolo Mangahas
2020-03-21Social 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.
2020-05-01What 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.
2020-05-16"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.