In support to the COVID-19 response in the Philippines, The Japan Foundation, Manila realigned our SUKI magazine to feature current stories from artists and practitioners whom we have worked with throughout the years. Continuing from the first edition, “People in Action: Stories and Responses to COVID-19”, this October issue features a variety of perspectives not just from those in the field of arts and culture, but also includes vital experiences from those in the education, non-profit, and public sectors across the Philippines.
The challenges discussed in the last May issue have magnified as the imposed quarantine has stretched as we reach the end of 2020, the next year uncertain. Creative industries continue to reel from the prolonged effects of COVID-19, such as travel restrictions and the closures of physical spaces. Hence, many practitioners devise ways to adapt, mostly by reimagining projects to online platforms. Our contributors share the various efforts, campaigns, and projects that they have started or participated in to address the needs of their respective sector–from fundraisers to support artists’ livelihoods, online magazines and performances, to webinars for remote learning. Other contributors work beyond the virtual sphere to directly provide employment and financial support for Filipino workers. Our writers also share the personal toll of this pandemic, highlighting the importance of caring for each other’s mental health and wellbeing.
Though internet access and digital literacy are tenuous in the Philippines, technology is now at the forefront in adjusting to this pandemic. International collaboration and exchange are now made possible through online meetings and events shared in social media, with only time differences to consider. New possibilities are being discovered and explored.
Thus, we hope that this second online edition of SUKI continues to shed light to the experiences of practitioners working in the field, and offer insights to how new platforms can continue meaningful collaboration, with the hope that we could interact with the ease and warmth of meeting face to face in the near future.
Click the links below to read featured stories from our contributors:
by Roselle Pineda
Founder, Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (AARPS)
by James Harvey Estrada
Artistic Director, The Scenius Pro
by Estrella Mai Dizon-Añonuevo
Executive Director, ATIKHA
by Eisa Jocson
Independent performing artist
by Elvert Bañares
Festival Director, CineKasimanwa
by HABI Education Lab
by Jay Rosas
by Jeffrey R. Solares
Executive Director, Manila Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Inc.
by Democrito “Sir Dos” V. Barrientos, II
Principal. Malay Elementary School, Aklan
by Ricky Francisco
Curator, Museum Sanso
by Tad Ermitaño
by Tito Genova Valiente
The Japan Foundation, Manila
SUKI Cover design and illustration by Janina Guerrero