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

PGH Human Spirit Project COVID-19 three-volume anthology is 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 second book, “Paggunita: Mga Saloobin Ukol sa Paglilingkod at Pagkukusang-loob sa Panahon ng Pandemya,” captures narratives of volunteerism, especially for the UPPGH Bayanihan Na! Operation Center. This volume is edited by Johanna Patricia A. Canal, Tammy L. Dela Rosa, Jed Zachary A. Golez, Felice Katrina T. Ranche, and Jose V. Tecson.

In her preface for “Paggunita,” UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla writes, “Within these pages, the reader will delve into the deep fear and actual risks faced by authors…UP Manila hopes that these sentiments and musings will embolden more in our midst to harness [volunteers’] enthusiasm and commitment and offer themselves especially during times of crises.”

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