Doctor shares pandemic stories through poetry book


MANILA — An infectious disease specialist has released a book of poetry about his experiences as a frontliner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In “Mikrobyong Maliit, Pandemyang Pasakit: Ang Tinulang Salaysay ng
Pandemyang COVID-19″, Dr. Joseph “Jondi” Buensalido shares through verses his first-hand experiences, including the deaths of several colleagues who succumbed to the virus.

The 72-page book is accompanied by paintings by his wife and fellow doctor, skin specialist Josel Soria Buensalido. She was the only Filipina to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s “Creative Resilience – Art by Women in Science” virtual exhibition in 2021.

In a statement, Buensalido said his latest work is for “everyone who has lived through the pandemic, whether it’s healthcare workers, frontliners, those who have suffered from the harsh shutdowns, those who waited for the vaccines to arrive, of those who received the vaccines, of those who had to sift through fake news to get to the real news, of the families who did their best to keep the SARS-CoV virus- 2 outside their homes, those who have had COVID-19 and survived, and even those who have lost loved ones to the virus.”

He added that “Mikrobyong Maliit, Pandemyang Pasakit” is partly inspired by the history of the Philippines and contains a foreword by famous historian and professor Ambeth Ocampo.

Copies of the book are available on the book’s Facebook page.

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