Confronted with so many deaths of people I knew, I have attended too many zoom masses to learn that spending time with friends and family is important. We realize we can live without a lot of things. Things we used to think were essential. But the really valuable things are family, health, and prayers.
A fourteen-day journal chronicles my journey with COVID-19. From the days in isolation in a facility my city set up for the infected, to my bittersweet homecoming to recover together with my daughter whom I infected with the virus. The story revolves around the immediate despair when I knew I was infected, the hopelessness of the situation as well as the uncertainty.
Nearly 15 hours daily, Mondays to Saturdays. That’s how Marguerite Maguzzo spends six of the seven days of the week attending to people who are scheduled to receive their vaccinations against COVID-19. She is required to be at the vaccination site from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m. when the encoders have finished their work for the day.
Khaosan Road, a well-known tourist destination and nightclub area, had a completely different landscape at the end of 2021 compared to this year crowded scene. The less cheerful atmosphere at the time reflected the fact that youth night was gone due to COVID-19 and containment restrictions.
Health and rights advocates navigated through a drastic change in work set-up. Social media has become a venue to call out gaps in the management of the pandemic. That’s why many have called social-media as the country’s new EDSA where people or Netizens of common interests and concerns have found support.
Cambodian cyclo’s popularity has declined and the livelihoods of three-wheel bicycle taxi drivers have been threatened, especially during COVID-19. Without tourist customers, they have earned much less than usual. To highlight their plight, artists have retold the drivers’ story through rap music along with Lakhon Khol traditional dance.
Baryo Balangaw Creative Initiatives hopes to address the need for supplemental creative livelihoods in the women farming community amid surge in stress during pandemic. Its empowering project resulted in stress relief and newfound skills which generate supplemental income for women farmers.
In the fieldwork at the Aid Coordination Center for Migrant Workers in Chiang Rai, drawing could help me relax myself and also tell the stories without invading others’ privacy. I put together lines and watercolor into the stories of migrant workers who could find no way forward and no way back.
Mayla, Noemi and Nora are Filipino women who live on the margins, barely surviving every single day with meager incomes. When the Philippine government imposed the lockdown on March 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, life for these women became even more unbearable.
Short Description: To address the lack of face mask and alcohol gel among ethnic and migrant communities in Thailand, the students and teachers at Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center produced instruction videos in local languages on how to make them.