Kapampangan fashion designers make reusable face masks for COVID-19 frontliners

Trisha Mostoles, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2020 03:56 AM

Couturier Rop Syquia cutting fabrics for the face masks.

Kapampangan couturiers are making a positive difference to the world.

In times where our country’s frontliners and volunteers needed it the most, a group of fashion designers in Pampanga initiated sewing thousands of face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine in Luzon and other parts of the country.

The idea came up when event stylist Pancho Pantig asked event planner Voltaire Zalamea on gathering more Kapampangan fashion designers to sew reusable face masks or donate fabrics.

Zalamea reached out to about 20 fashion designers to which he learned that some have already started sewing.

“Lalo kaming na-engganyo na ipagpatuloy ang project na ito. Shinare na lang yung mga patterns na meron sila, at the comfort of their homes, gumawa na sila ng kaniya-kaniyang masks,” Zalamea said.

One of the designers who allotted his time and resources for the project is Rop Syquia.

“Kahit simpleng tela lang po, washable ang mga face masks na ginagawa namin, alam ko malaking tulong sa mga front liners natin lalo na sa mga nasa hospitals saka sa mga daan,” Syquia said.

Aside from Syquia, other designers who have been doing the same initiatives are Santino Rivera, Mich Viray, Glen Canlas, Noel Calma, Philip D. Torres, Marlon Tuazon, Frederick Policarpio, Manny Ocampo, Cholo Ayuyao, Andy M. De Leon, Brit Tripudio, Carl John Miranda, Danica Zita, Jhaymer Ferrer Lui, Jhune Angeles, Jojo Macapinlac, Manelle Chamian, Rich Sabinian, Richard Hill, RJ Ryan, Rosette Ramos Biag, and Adrian Sahagun.

Meanwhile, Jed Lalu, owner of a Kapampangan clothing line, diverted their advertising budget to produce 10,000 washable face masks.

“We have seen the distribution shortage of masks and we came up with this idea to produce a washable mask. We hope that with this small act or help, we can beat this crisis together,” Lalu said.

Most of the face masks have been distributed to hospitals in Pampanga.

They also shared patterns for those who would want to make their own.