by the editors of Pagninilay, 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 last book in the series is “Pagninilay: Hinga, Hingal, Hingalo sa Panahon ng Pandemya” edited by Joey A. Tabula, Alvin C. Caballes, and Noel P. Pingoy. This volume includes essays, poems, and photographs about the human spirit in communities outside of PGH. 

In UP President Danilo L. Concepcion’s foreword to “Pagninilay,” he mentions that the volume “mirrors [Filipinos’] innermost feelings and insights, their hopes in the ability of our country and our people to rise and overcome in the midst of turmoil, to keep connected to one another and help each other grapple with our own experiences, and make sense  of the pandemic.”

In his introduction, Tabula writes that the essays and poems in the anthology are songs of the legendary Ibong Adarna with the potential to heal, “Ganito ang kuwento sa koridong Ibong Adarna. Awit ng mahiwagang ibon ang nakapagpagaling sa sakit ng Haring Don Fernando ng Kahariang Berbanya. Ganitong maituturing ang mga tula at sanaysay sa antolohiyang ito. Ito ang awit na nakapagpapagaling!”

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