I am a traditional artist, crafter, freelance artist, working student and run a handmade business…I can’t sell my handmade products because I can’t buy materials. I can’t continue my projects because my client cancelled it. I can’t go out because I do not have a pass. I can’t even withdraw my money. #163
I have 2 workshops for March & April that were all cancelled due to the lockdown. Participants already paid but I had to refund them. No sales on retail and even my Shopee shop is closed since no courier will ship non-essential goods. #220
We were prepared to sell at festivals and produced products through loans. The cancellation of events like the Panagbenga Festival means a big loss. I also ordered raw materials that did not arrive due to the quarantine. #224
Sourcing, funding, production, networking, working, filming, distribution — for a proposed, copyrighted, worldwide film that was planned to be released in 2021-2022 — all lost now because of this pandemic. #58
There are 18 of us who lost jobs. This has forced me to write stories more but because I am not a staff reporter, I don’t earn much. I only get paid when the story I pitch is published. While there’s a demand for storytelling now, I don’t have a car to go around and shoot. Safety is also an issue—so I try to write articles that can be done from home. Even with all the work I already put in, I won’t be making enough. #218
I am an events hairstylist. I have been in the industry for 4 years. I have no other source of income aside from other freelance gigs. #62
I’m a professional magician who earns income from busking, corporate, or wide-scale events…The months right after the holidays are the most challenging, and to be rendered completely paralyzed like this, it’s like starting the whole year all over again. #73
We supply sunflowers to flower shops all over the metro and the cancellation of domestic flights means that we cannot import the flowers. All orders also got cancelled because no one (supposedly) goes out so all of our clients closed their shops temporarily. #225
As a freelancer, these gigs, events, tapings serve as my bread and butter. They’re not huge, but these not only hone my craft for possible future opportunities, but also help my family and I survive. #109
I work as a freelance writer/assistant director/production designer, so most of my gigs require physical presence in a production set-up… It’s hard to just sit at home waiting for the virus to taper off as I watch my savings deteriorate. #97
We have a really, really poor internet connection at home and because of this I cannot accept projects online or even be a full-time online freelancer. #182
Due to COVID-19 and the government’s advise for a lockdown, it has compromised my business dramatically. I am not employed and this is my only reliable source of income. #208
While sales of other companies have dipped by 50%, ours have dropped by 100%, starting with postponements, then cancellations and now no foreseeable projects. We don’t see experiential marketing -with the use of press launches and influencers and viral content – to return to the way it used to be. Three weeks in to this quarantine, I’m still at a loss on how to pivot or retool or team. #240
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