Rizal-based designer Michael Leyva creates personal protective suits, head covers, face masks for frontliners

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Michael Leyva at work in his workshop with his team. Photo from Michael Leyva social media.

Rizal-based designer Michael Leyva and his team released the first batch of personal protective suits, head covers, and face masks that he created for frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The celebrity fashion designer posted photos on social media on March 25, 2020, showing several bags containing the personal protective equipment (PPE) and himself with actress-humanitarian aid worker Angel Locsin who has been assisting healthcare workers and hospitals.

“Sent over our first sets of PPEs for our heroes #frontliners with our hero #Darna herself @therealangellocsin ❤️❤️❤️ i decided to put bible verses and words of encouragement to uplift their day❤️❤️❤️ Mabuhay po kayo and Maraming Salamat po sa malasakit ❤️🇵🇭🙏🏻 #sinulidcontracovid #michaelleyva #michaelleyvamanila #frontlinersph🙌🏻”

Angel Locsin also posted a story on her Instagram thanking Michael Leyva for his hard work and service.

Each PPE bag bears a card addressed to the frontliners and signed by Michael Leyva.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10,” he wrote on the card.

“Dearest #Frontliners, Mabuhay po kayo at Maraming Salamat sa malasakit. Love, TeamMichaelLeyva”

Michael Leyva and Angel Locsin with the first batch of PPEs.

Leyva first announced on March 24 the photos of his workshop with his team busily creating the specially designed PPEs.

“We are one with this. #teammichaelleyva will be donating PPEs, head covers and masks for our heroes #frontliners MABUHAY po kayo at Salamat sa dedikasyon at pagmamahal sa ating bayan 🇵🇭 This wouldn’t have been possible without my team’s dedication and willingness to help. Special thanks to @lineamoderna #bayanihan

“Stay home, stay safe and we will get through this together.. God will be with us 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #SinulidContraCovid #teammichaelleyva #michaelleyva”

@iamchubby commented words of encouragement and wisdom on the photos, saying, “Someday the kindness you give out will come back to you. Maybe not as soon as you’d like but it will be here. Threefold, sixfold, tenfold. Your life will be full of ‘Thank You'”.

@vadaunfaced commented “Love the bible verses, you’re doing the Lord’s work”

Michael Leyva is an established name in the fashion industry. He has made many celebrity gowns that were featured locally and internationally.

At the world premiere of the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians, Filipino celebrity Kris Aquino was seen proudly wearing a yellow classic modern Filipiniana by Michael Leyva of Rizal whose Filipino cutters and sewers she acknowledged.

Filipino artists have been helping the country’s frontliners and sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, among them, #ArtForMedPH visual artists who give away commissioned work in exchange for donations to charity and OPM artists performing in the Bayanihan Musikahan FB Live Concert Series to raise funds for Metro Manila’s urban poor.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Michael Leyva for using his talents to create PPEs for our frontliners.

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