About the author: Angelica Carballo Pago is a media campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia based in Manila.
About the diary: Published as A young mom’s Covid-19 diary by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism on April 26, 2021, with the following blurb:
The Philippines breached one million cases of Covid-19 infections on Monday, April 26. As hospitals fill up, infected residents in Metro Manila, where the country’s cases are concentrated, are forced to manage the disease at home.
Young mother Angelica Carballo Pago, her husband Buck, and one of her kids tested positive in March despite their own precautions.
She felt helpless and hopeless, but she gathered her strength to take care of her family.
She badgered her barangay (village) officials in Quezon City to get assistance, ordered an oxygen concentrator on Lazada, relied on a friend to provide medical advice, but mostly counted on herself to make sure her family survived the ordeal.
This is her diary.
The diary covers the period March 23 to April 14, 2021. We are grateful to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) through its Executive Editor Carmela Fonbuena, for permission to include the diary here.