The University of the Philippines has issued an open call for entries to the PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL, an online video festival that will showcase stories of everyday Filipino heroes. The festival welcomes entries from all, amateur or professional, Filipino filmmakers, multimedia creators, and artists whose works capture stories of resilience, inner strength, and humanity of Filipinos.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Pag-aalay sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. The Festival will accept video entries that honor, remember, and immortalize Filipinos whose stories of selfless acts amid the COVID-19 pandemic reflect our values of heroism (bayanihan) and selfless offering or oblation (pag-aalay).

Anesthesiologists are among the medical workers who serve at the frontlines in the battle against the viral pandemic. As such, they face health risks due to their exposure and close proximity to COVID-19-positive patients in enclosed spaces. How then can these medical frontliners keep themselves safe while taking care of their patients? Find out in the upcoming webinar in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” series on July 10, 12nn.

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team launches new features in endcov.ph, a web portal created to provide the public with vital information and tools in the fight against COVID-19. New resources to the dashboard include features that show Case Projections, the State of Transmissions in NCR based on LGU data, Municipal/City Density Map based on current active cases, and a Policy Sourcebook on COVID-19.

Screenshot of Ma. Rita Villanueva-Tamse in "Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?". The replay of the webinar can be viewed here. (https://networks.upou.edu.ph/28622/ltio-who-takes-care-of-the-caregivers/)

Visibility and availability. These are high up on Ma. Rita Villanueva-Tamse’s list of what our nurses need from their administrators and leaders especially in times of crisis like the present—to know that their superiors are ready to listen to their concerns, help them navigate the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and address their needs.

Some of the designs being sold at the UP BadAss page made by the Itneg community. Visit https://facebook.com/UPBadAss to see more. Photo taken from UP BadAss page.

The UP Badminton Association of Diliman, aptly nicknamed UP BadAss, is scoring points for its support of the local Itneg Community of Namarabar, Penarrubia, Abra. Together with Abra Indigo Manila, the organization is selling face masks created by the community using natural dyes and patterned after designs of Itneg embroidery, part of the proceeds of which will be used to help cushion the community from the ravages of COVID-19. To purchase or to see more designs, visit: https://facebook.com/UPBadAss.

Dr. Chito Permejo, a cardiology intensivist at the Philippine Heart Center, said the off-label use of pharmacologic therapies to treat COVID-19 in patients with cardiac issues must be done with caution. He discussed this and many more in “COVID-19 and the Heart”, the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series streamed on June 12.

UP is moving forward into the “next normal” of a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, and getting ready to explore new prospects, platforms, and possibilities for remote and blended remote and face-to-face teaching and learning, with a series of initiatives, preparations, webinar-workshops and dialogues for the next two months.

For many patients who survive severe COVID-19, rehabilitation is the next stage of the fight. The next installment in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series will focus on the needs of patients recovering from severe COVID-19, with Dr. Celso F. Bate of The Medical City and VRP Medical Center as speaker.

“We need to be self-reliant in testing, prevention, and treatment,” said UP Manila College of Medicine Dean Charlotte Chiong in “COVID-19 and the Heart” streamed live on June 12, the 122ndanniversary of Philippine Independence. The event was the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series, where she was the guest speaker.