COVID19 – How a virus changed us.

On January 2020, we heard of the first three COVID19 cases in the Philippines. What started as 3 has ballooned to hundreds of thousands.

Three months later, we were placed on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the strictest category of quarantines; we had to stay home, unable to leave unless on emergencies and essential runs.

Now on our 6th month, what has happened to us? What version of us emerged?

Through this collection of 100+ hand drawn portraits, Kankan Ramos tells the story of our individual truths – deepening wrinkles, untrimmed facial hair, darkening eyebags, unkempt locks, and everything in-between. While these are all daily reminders of our lives in lockdown, they also tell a different side to our being – our vulnerabilities, our defeats, our triumphs, our resilience, and our ability to hope.


Take home your portrait.

After being my companions for the last 6 months, I am letting go of these portraits and I am giving them away to all of you as thanks for keeping me company these past few months.

As I am planning to have these portraits framed, I only ask that you shoulder the cost of the frames (P250) and the Shipping (P150).

But if you want to donate to my cause, I am saving to buy gadgets for students who do not have the means to purchase electronic devices for their schooling needs, so any amount you wish to donate will go a long way.

Take home your portrait.

3 thoughts on “#QuarantinePortraits

  1. Thank you so much, Kan! This means a lot to our family 💜We’d like to keep as many memories of our Dad as we could. One is this. He is surviving the pandemic as courageously as he could, even if he may be confused about why things appear quite different, like me being home all the time hehe. Without him
    knowing it, he is helping me a lot too simply by being healthy. He also makes us laugh here at home, again even without him really being aware of it. It’s a welcome respite in the boredom and restlessness that set in during the quarantine. Thanks so much again… Mom, a fellow ARMY (w/ Jin as her bias) would like to have hers done too 😁💜 Keep safe always and God bless you and your family!!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story, Nikko. In all honesty, this project helped me too during this quarantine. Please tell your mom, pareho kami ng bias. And yes to drawing her too (PM is key, hahahha).


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