As the need to test for COVID-19 grows in the country, so is the need for PPEs for our front-liners. We salute the local designers, together with the sewers, who have teamed up to help against the spread of COVID-19. A lot of these designers have raised funds to produce medical-grade PPEs, and since we are stronger together, they are asking for our support and donations to produce more. Learn about how we can help these designers continue production

Through the initiatives of Yong Davalos, Jill Lao, Jot Losa, Rob Ortega, Steph Tan, Andrea Tetangco, Daryl Maat, Debbie Co, Vina Romero, Bessie Basana, and Rosenthal Tee, Fashion for Frontliners has produced an initial 8,000 PPEs, costing PHP400 each, the lowest in the market so far. Stay tuned to their social media accounts for the next round of donations.

Mich Dulce with Rj Santos led the drive for the Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club. Kendi Maristela and Aj Dimarucot developed a PPE pattern which was turned into an open source. The group is still looking for material and fabric donations, which can be made through Cynthia Diaz, who can be contacted at 09178662496.

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WOMEN FRONTLINERS! We hear you! OPEN SOURCE TECH PACK for 2 PIECE PROTECTIVE SUITS Presenting our new patterns and techpack made by our wonderkid @kendimaristela !!! She made the pattern, made a test garment and did all the technical specs! Genius! Pattern digitizing and print to scale by @ajdimarucot another genius!!!!! Cheers to them!!!! This style was made with the consideration of our women doctors and health workers so that they can go to the bathroom easily (a one piece suit would make it difficult!) BUT it can also be used by men 🙂 It was also made with the comments by Dr. Ancheta, Infectious Diseases Specialist at The Medical City, Sta. Rosa Laguna. It is constructed to have minimal seams thus less holes to make it less permeable. Link to open source patterns in my bio. first folder is in MEDIUM but we will be uploading a second set in SMALL. we encourage men's PPE to still be in the jumpsuit because the fabric consumption his smaller than the 2 piece suit. but we need to make this feminist pattern for all our ladies. Again, the recommended fabric for doctors use is Taffeta SBL, but other water repellant fabrics may be used for non critical front liners. GO GO GO #ManilaProtectiveGearSewingClub !!

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Michael Leyva started with creating washable face masks, and providing food for medical and military front-liners. After this, the designer moved into full-on protection complete with head covers. He did not only thank front-liners who have been risking their lives for the safety of everyone, but also his team members for their dedication and willingness to help.

Rajo Laurel has raised more than half a million, and is still continuing to raise money for his company to continually produce PPEs. The House of Laurel was able to donate PPEs and surgical gowns from hospitals in Bataan to Cebu. Here are the details for donations.

Patty Ang has also continued to produce protective garments for front-liners. Take a look at her and her team’s effort to help out against COVID-19 transmission.

See this Go Get Funding link to help Puey Quinones make more PPEs for our front-liners.

Mak Tumang has used his platform to ask for help in raising funds for 40,000 pieces of PPE. The designer’s friends and supporters did not fail him. Through all the efforts of everyone involved, his team was able to order 5,000 more. In effect, a total of 45,000 pieces of PPE will be distributed in various hospitals because of Mak’s contribution.

Santi Obcena has created reusable face masks using spare materials from eco bags, umbrellas, excess cotton, and garters. These face masks will be distributed to medical front-liners. The designer has also shared a prototype for those who want to produce on their own. Here’s how:

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Yey. Done with our updated prototype. Masaya na ako. Eco bag, tela ng payong, retasong cotton pati denim and garter. The eco bag material can be taken out and disinfected with a hydrogen peroxide solution while the fabric mask can be gently washed with detergent. Finally, I'm happy with the outcome. A reusable mask that gives more protection than just a one layer or two layer fabric mask. The outer layer is also waterproof but breathable, took the fabric from our payong na sira. Nilabhan ko muna syempre para malinis haha Hopefully this prototype helps. If you can sew and cut, I'm sure you can use materials in your household to replicate this, in your own way or you can follow how I made it. P.s ( I don't have a lot of materials here with me plus kami lang ni Wuvwuv yung andito na gagawa. But we will try to make as much as we can, as fast as we can. Gusto namin na magawan yung mga kaibigang frontliner, mga nag vovolunteer, mga high risk at lahat ng nangangailangan ng face mask na reusable at may dagdag na effectivity laban sa virus. Sa mga interesado na i mass produce po ito. Pwede ko kayo kopyahan ng patterns at prototype para magaya nyo po ito.) Credit to the owner of the neoprene camouflage face mask. That piece was created by Hoff Skye/April Hoff.

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Amina Aranaz and her team are helping flatten the curve by making face masks for several groups and organizations. Take a look here:

Krizia Jimenez, an alumna of SoFA Design Institute, has been creating improvised face shields. She was able to make 400 pieces, which are now being used in PGH. You can contact the young designer through her Instagram handle if you’re interested to help.

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Resourcefulness is one of a designer’s most powerful skills. Sharing the work of young fashion designer & SoFA alumna, Krizia Jimenez, who has been creating improvised face shields for donation to our COVID-19 frontliners. She has managed to produce over 400 of these face shields, which have now found their way to PGH and several other hospitals in need in the metro. ✅ Krizia has been producing the face shields all by hand as she didn’t have any sewing materials in tow. She is calling for donations and volunteers to help speed up and increase production. If you are interested to help, you may contact her for more information. @kriziajimenez_ #SoFAAlumni #StaySAFE #SoFAFightsCOVID19 #BeatCOVID19 #WeLiveDesign

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Renan Pacson has also been making efforts to stop the virus from spreading in Nueva Ecija. He started making masks for his sister and workmates who work for a bank, and now he needs help and donations to create more. Here’s how you can help.


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