Padayon (“Keep Going’)
by Jaydee Duquez
The PPE-clad nurse (blue) inside an intensive care room looks at her reflection in a mirror, where she sees am image of her family, hugging her, giving her inner strength and hope. The artwork highlights the nurse's balancing act between work and family, emphasizing their resilience to keep going. "Padayon" meaning "keep going." Nurses work exceedingly hard, and they worked even harder during the pandemic. Even when things become difficult, even when sacrifices must be made, nurses must persevere. For themselves and those around them.