The pandemic has brought about a new breed of heroes – the frontliners – and foodpanda salutes their dedication in saving lives through a mural in Cagayan de Oro City that celebrates their valor in the face of unprecedented adversity.
The mural was commissioned through a partnership between foodpanda and the Province of Misamis Oriental, JCI Kagayhan Gold, Boysen paints, Bigbys Café and Restaurant, and local artists who collaborated to produce a new artistic landmark in the province
Javie Deocampo-Llagas, the City Manager of foodpanda Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, and Valencia City, talks about the project’s message. “We would like to honor our frontliners, not only in the medical field, but also in other sectors who kept us going through this pandemic. We are very happy to have partnered with the Local Government of Misamis Oriental to be able to highlight the bravery of our fellow Fillpinos and value their perseverance and hard work even through these uncertain times.”
Among the local artists who participated in the project is Jena Morales, who thanks foodpanda for the opportunity to highlight the talent that is thriving in the province. “The main concept is centered towards highlighting the heroism of our dear frontliners, and in partnership with foodpanda, we are showing the world that we honor all our medical workers and also the people in the field of food business such as our food delivery drivers and many more.”
The province also plays a central role in the artwork, she adds. “Since we are partnering with the provincial government as well, we showcased famous landmarks within Misamis Oriental. We have emphasized in the layout, the simplicity of life. The Sacred Heart of Jesus symbolizes our faith and the syringe symbolizes Hope, that one day we can move on from this and find a cure to end this pandemic.”
In April of last year, as the pandemic set in and community quarantines were being announced, foodpanda and its partner restaurants provided warm meals and refreshments to frontliners based in hospitals and checkpoints in Cebu, Baguio, and CDO. By July, they have mobilized their network to deliver thousands of food packs to emergency responders, quarantine center personnel, garbage collectors, and street sweepers, in cognizance of their often-overlooked contribution in keeping society functioning during the ECQ.