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Artist honors deceased health workers with portraits

As a tribute to fallen health workers who were at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, a Filipino artist has sketched their portraits.

4/10/2020 8:25:00 AM

LOOK: As a tribute to fallen health workers who were at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, a Filipino artist has sketched their portraits.

As a tribute to fallen health workers who were at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, a Filipino artist has sketched their portraits.

Aurelio Castro III told Manila Bulletin that the portraits are his personal expression of gratitude to the frontliners who died serving the country.“Personal tribute ko ito para sa kanilang mga pumanaw. Kaya labis ang gulat ko nang dumami at kumalat ang mga nag-appreciate sa kanila (These are my personal tributes to the fallen health workers. So I was surprised when it went viral and a lot of people appreciated my artwork),” Castro shared.

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Castro, a musician and a visual artist, would usually paint famous landmarks, old houses, streets, and people as he roams around Metro Manila aboard his bike. But because of the enhanced community quarantine, he was unable to continue location sketching.

“Naisip ko na sumubok na lang muna ng ibang medium at subjects. Una kong ginuhit ang aking mag-ina. Kasabay nito napapansin ko na ang balita tungkol sa mga nasawing doktor dahil sa COVID,” he added.(I thought of trying a new medium and new subjects. I sketched my wife and our child first, at the same time I was already noticing the news about Filipino doctors dying due to COVID-19.)

The artist said he started sketching the fallen frontliners first week of April. After his artwork went viral, some of the fallen health workers’ families are messaging him on Facebook, thanking him for immortalizing their loved ones, at least in art.

Castro hopes that frontliners will receive more personal protective equipment (PPEs) to fully protect them from the virus.“Labis na nakakalungkot na nadadagdagan pa ang mga pumapanaw na frontliners. Sana’y madagdagan pa ang pagbibigay sa kanila ng mga kinakailangang gamit para sa proteskyon nila (I am so sad hearing the news that more frontliners are dying. I hope that they will receive more PPEs for their protection),” he added.

“Buong-buo ang respeto ko sa lahat ng frontliners at labis na nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng sakripisyo nila ngayon (I deeply respect all our frontliners and I am grateful for all their sacrifices),” Castro ended. Read more: Manila Bulletin News »

Very inspiring, bless you! Salamat at mabuhay po kayo maganda rin iportrait yong mga govt officials ng tumanggi idonate ang kanilang tuloy2x na malalaking sahod para sana mga mahihirap na nawalan ng income dahil sa covid19 :) weng_bautista16 Ang galing nman nya buhay na buhay ang pagkka-sketch nya sa mga taong tinagurian na nging hero sa ating bansa..

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