Since mid-March this year, the whole of Luzon, its associated islands, and parts of Visayas, were placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the threat of the 2019 N-coronavirus (COVID-19). This had effectively put much of the country in total lockdown, limiting the movement of the general population to securing bare necessities, going to work, and responding to health-related emergencies, in response to the pandemic.
Additional lockdown restrictions across the country likewise mandated the temporary closure of non-essential shops and businesses, including those in the publishing and creative industries. As a community response to these changes, the same disruption gave way to alternative modes of interactions within the book trade and creative circles, among others, during the COVID-19 quarantine.
As the government agency mandated to support the book development and publishing sector, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) sees the importance of gathering narratives and connecting it to the collective memory and cultural experiences of Filipinos during this extraordinary time. The Special Online Edition of Book watch gathers everyday anecdotes, experiences, and reflections which will speak of our narratives about and while in quarantine.
We are pleased to announce the first batch of contributors for the Bookwatch Special Online Edition 2020.
“Mula sa #Dagli19 #COVID19” by Stefani J Alvarez
“Kauhaw Giluwas sa Lamaw” (Coconut Juice Save the Thirst) by Kathrece Pia Camacho
“Ambo(N)” by Windel Joy Clerigo
“Mga Paagi sa Pag-Uli” by R. Joseph Dazo
“Our Facades Speak” by Danielle Florendo
“Nagpapangabuhi” by Bryan A. Fruelda
“Lost in Isolation” by Dr. Kristin Managaytay
“Sixteen Minutes: My COVID-19 Travelogue” by Alexander San Pedro
Second Batch of Contributors:
“Mga Danas at Dalumat sa Paghuhubad sa Panahon ng Krisis” by Mark P. Bonabon
“Online Class, Day 1” by Ellamil Danilo Jr.
“Printa” by Jessrel E. Gilbuena
“Not Caving In: Covid-19, teachers’ greater realities, and words’ worth” by Ivan Jim Layugan
“Paglilimbag sa Gitna ng Pandemya” by Christine Marie Lim Magpile
Untitled by Jan Adams D. Magtanong
“Ang Pagtuturo ay Isang Tuldok sa Pandemya” by Francisco Montesena
“Bahay Balisa” by Basilio Pangilinan
“Norm” by Dominic Matthew S. Ricardo
“Day Hundredth: Emergency Exit” by Catrina Shaina Marie O. Sacares
“Hell Week sa Los Baños” by Ana Genesis Joy Salvador and Mac Andre R. Arboleda
Untitled by Ivy Nicole Silo
“Resilience of Filipino Teachers” by Genine S. Torres
Third Batch of Contributors:
“Nang tahimik” by Mandy Alqueza
“Daan sa Krus sa Gitna ng Pandemya” by Kyle Aristophere Atienza
“Sa Mga Gabing Laganap ang Pangamba” by Baloloy Paterno, Jr.
“Nilalagnat ang Lungsod” by Lanylyn Bellen
“Bisig” by Kristin S. Bernardino
“Nang matapos ang quarantine ng sardinas…” by Anjanette Cayabyab
“Tatlong Tula” by Kristian Cordero
“Sayang” by Aisee Paguio Cruz
“Our Lady of the Pick-up Truck” by Rodrigo Dela Peña
“Nakapaninibagong Siyudad ng Ating Panahon” by Francis Delgado
Pitong Couplet para sa Quarantine by Geraldine Flores-Ingco
“Mapa ng Pagsibol” by Ralph Lorenz Fonte
“Araw-Araw sa Panahon ni COVID-19” by Winston C. Gallo
“Telemedicine para sa Kaluluwa” by KR Gonzales
“Isang Tanghali, Pagmumuni sa Bintana Habang Tinatanaw ang Lungsod” by Paul Joshua Morante
“Panahon ng Sakuna” by Radney Ranario
“Naaalala ko ang Bukas” by Xavier Axl Roncesvalles
“Ikapitong Kaarawan” (tulang pambata) by Mark Anthony S. Salvador
“Tayo Habang Delubyo” by Chelsea Joy Serezo
“Self quarantine” by Sir Ahyet TV
“Petsa de peligro” by Roda Tajon
“1:30AM, Day XXX, Apartment” by John Romeo Venturero