BULACAN — Keep calm and stay fashionably safe. That's what a Bulacan-based designer Marvin Garcia is helping promote amid the COVID-19 pandemic threat.
Since the novel coronavirus began making headlines earlier this year, the entrepreneur started making reusable masks out of his own stock of fabrics from his atelier.
"Nakita ko kasi ‘yung mga pulis, traffic enforcers, mga nurse, bata at matatanda, wala silang mask. (I noticed that cops, traffic enforcers and nurses, as well as children and the eldery have no masks)," Garcia explains.
That's when the 33-year-old artist, who is also an elected barangay kagawad, decided to do something about it. But apart from making plain cloth masks, the veteran designer added his own flair in one batch of masks, styling the personal hygiene gears with ornate appliques, beautiful lace and sparkly bead work.
"Kaya ako gumawa ng fashionable masks ay para at least kahit papaano ma-express ko ‘yung pagiging fashionista ko kahit lahat takot na. Para chill lang. (I made fashionable masks so that at least I can still express my fashion sense despite growing public fear. So we can stay calm.)
In all, Garcia has donated some 1,000 pieces of reusable face masks in his province.