FRIENDS, ART FOR HUMANITY: Reflections from Filipino American Frontline Healthcare Workers


Photograph by Rosem Morton

Since the onset of the pandemic, healthcare workers have been forced to operate in difficult conditions as they continue to save lives on the frontlines.

Nearly 32 percent of all the registered nurses who have died of COVID and related complications in the U.S. are of Filipino descent. In the New York-New Jersey area, Filipinos were hit especially hard since one in four works in healthcare.

Their stories often depict battle scenes, surrounded by death and helplessness, as hospitals continued to be overwhelmed with patients, compounded by staff and supply shortages. These healthcare workers reflect on the impactful moments of last year, sharing their stories of pain, courage and resilience.

Featuring: Rosem Morton
Curated by: Photoville and Friends of the Philippines
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Empire Fulton Ferry Park Area

Additional support from Philippine Consulate General of New York and and Philippines Airlines.

About The Artist

Rosem Morton is a documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo artist. Her storytelling focuses on the intimacy of everyday life amidst gender, health, and racial adversity. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent.

About The Organization

Friends of the Philippines Society USA: Empowering Diversity in Humanity, Integrating Multiculturalism in Humankind.


Special thanks to these healthcare workers for their time, commitment and who also shared their stories with us:

Joshua Segovia, Lorelei Belardo, Quimberly Villamer, Lulette Regidor, Cynthia Magalit, Tita Aguilar-Niere, Maritess A, DeLa Cruz, Cathrine Solomon, Arlene R. Soja, Jocelyn Juele-Cesareo, Elvira Agustin, Cynthia Valcorza, Angela Flores, Edmund Mercado and Elizabeth National Rivera