In Iloilo, a Fashion Designer Battles Anxiety by Producing Frontliner PPEs
Lory Joyce Andagan | April 16, 2020
Photos courtesy of Ram Silva
The availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is limited in the country as the frontliners are battling COVID-19. With this, many are improvising, some are taking initiatives to make their own, and designers traded creating fabulous couture designs for lifesaving PPEs for the frontliners for free. Iloilo was commended and appreciated as designers and tailors worked together to provide PPEs to those in need, creatively executing colorful and themed ones such as superheroes and cartoon characters!
Ram Silva is an Ilonggo fashion designer who volunteered on making PPEs for healthcare workers. Following the trend of making unique PPEs in Iloilo, he designed one that best describes our medical workers. “I drew my inspiration from a Netflix crime series Money Heist. Just like the characters in the series, our frontliners are also brave and courageous,” says Ram. Coinciding with the release of the latest season of the top-rated series, the PPEs he made brought excitement to the healthcare workers. Wearing the famous Dali masks as props, the medical staff posed for the camera with their PPEs in character. This post on Facebook became viral, drawing a lot of reactions from the fans of the series and from those who found it a good way to destress from worrying about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Ram also admitted that he was battling with depression and anxiety due to the crisis. “I live alone and I had to shut down my fashion business for a while,” he shared. When the 14-day quarantine was implemented, with the help of his sewers and some of his friends, he took the initiative of creating fabric masks and PPEs. He says that being able to help makes him happy. “With the PPEs that I am making, I am also able to save the lives of our frontliners.” As a tribute to the fallen modern-day heroes, he also made PPEs inspired by the Philippine flag to symbolize the courage of the doctors and nurses who risk their lives daily to save everyone. “As we honor those who have fallen, we must always remember why they fell”.