By Patricia Bermudez | Published: March 25, 2020
They may not be doctors or nurses, but Filipino designers are helping in the country’s fight against the 2019 coronavirus disease by doing what they do best: making clothes.
Michael Leyva and Valerie Alves traded their silks and beads to take on the challenge of making personal protective equipment for frontliners amid its shortage as a result of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Cebuano designer Valerie Alves and her team created one-piece PPE suits as soon as the Department of Health (DOH) greenlit the project. Alves has also called on her fellow designers to follow suit.
Meanwhile, designer to the stars Michael Leyva used his tailoring skills in creating PPEs for medical workers.
“Mabuhay po kayo at Salamat sa dedikasyon at pagmamahal sa ating bayan. This wouldn’t be possible without my team’s dedication and willingness to help,” Leyva said.
They are the latest to join the Pinoy fashion icons who have pledged their scissors and needles in our country’s fight against COVID-19, which included Rajo Laurel, Mich Dulce, and Patrice Ramos Diaz.
Through these efforts, they hope to provide aid amid the shortage of PPEs in hospitals around the country.