by the editors of Pagkalinga, from the PGH Human Spirit Project

PGH Human Spirit Project COVID-19 three-volume anthologyis a book project of the University of the Philippines Manila spearheaded by Alvin B. Caballes. The books curate COVID-19 narratives in essays, poems, and photographs during the first few months of the pandemic and written by UP-affiliated contributors. The anthology e-books were launched on December 21, 2020 and streamed via the PGH Human Spirit Project Facebook page (   

The first book in the series is “Pagkalinga: Ang Pagtugon sa Pandemya ng Pagamutan ng Bayan” edited by Alvin C. Caballes, Amanda Marie A. Cheong, Gabrielle P. Flores, Markyn Jared N. Kho, Alfonso Rafael G. Abaya, Marie Bernadine D. Caballes, and Paul Miguel P. Perez. This volume captures the stories of healthcare workers at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), which is a COVID-19 referral center.

In his preface for “Pagkalinga,” Caballes describes the three-volume series as a compendium encompassing “the complex and the mundane, politics and passion, tragedy and humor, divine and secular, a pinch of Defoe, and a good measure of Boccaccio.”

PGH Director Gerardo D. Legaspi, in his foreword to this volume, emphasizes the importance of writing down human experiences during the pandemic to “leave us with enough cues to help us remember the untold details that were also vital to the whole picture.”

The ebooks are published by UP Manila and are distributed for free. The print version of the anthology series will be published in 2021.