Of all things plastered on our social media compelling us to be a little more sensitive or be productive—"no excuses," finding light and laughter in crisis might just be one's least concern. But as mental health also becomes a bigger issue in an anxiety-inducing pandemic, it might just be the most sensible thing to do.
A bunch of celebrities attempts to win back hope and humor with their so-called "lockdown couture," slipping into outfits cleverly designed with household items easily found at home. Picking from spare curtains and doormats to brooms and reusable bags, TV and theater actor Jay Gonzaga and his friends from the entertainment scene put on their 'designer' hats to easily win Ha-ha reactions on their own social media. Although, dare we say, it's these personalities' a-tti-tude that really became the key factor in pulling off these poses. (Scroll through their OOTDs in the gallery!)
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"Actually, ang may idea nito ay si Ate Neomi Gonzales, co-actor namin from PETA Theater," reveals Jay. "Nung third day ng lockdown natin, nagkabiruan lang kami talaga about sa mga OOTD namin sa mga kanya-kanyang bahay namin bilang bawal nga lumabas. So, kelangan nmin mag-create ng 'something' na kung anong meron kaming gamit sa bahay."
"Unang challenge was basahan couture!" he continues, with a laugh. "So, kami bilang compettive sa isa't-isa—sila Kakai Bautista, Jimmy Marquez, Poppertt Bernadas, Via Antonio, at kung sino pa yung mga sumali!"
Jay and his friends' supposedly weekly "challenge" have since seen its third edition—featuring the trash bag.
All said, Jay believes this gimmick might be diminutive compared to real and more palpable issues discussed online. But, as the entertainer that he is, a dash of p;ayfulness might help alleviate further stress.
"Para lang may lightness din sa Facebook or social media na mababasa. Sobrang bigat na din kasi ng pakiramdam, so kelangan namang magkaroon ng ganito para meron namang gaan," he declares.
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Photos compiled by Jay Gonzaga