Social (status) distancing? Filipinos seek comic relief through memes during lockdown
Social (status) distancing? Filipinos seek comic relief through memes during lockdown
Memes highlight 'VIP' treatment in testing for the coronavirus when medical frontliners are overwhelmed with backlogs


MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos on lockdown sought comic relief online through various memes and social media posts related to the strange experience of being quarantined for a week – and counting. 

Malacañang placed Luzon under lockdown on Tuesday, March 17. The lockdown meant the suspension of public transportation, implementation curfews in some areas, and the restriction of movement outside of people’s homes. 

The lockdown has forced people inside their homes for at least a month – an experience both unprecendented and sudden for many Filipinos. (READ: SK councils, local government use ‘online gimmicks’ to keep people indoors

With limited things to do at home, some Filipinos have coped with their current situation through memes that deliver strong messages to authorities supposedly leading the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. 

These memes highlighted how a number of politicians and their relatives sought special treatment to get tested for coronavirus first at a time when medical frontliners are overwhelmed with backlogs and surge of patients. 

#FreeMassTestingNOW #NoToVIPTesting

Posted by Hulyen on Sunday, March 22, 2020


Posted by Tarantadong Kalbo on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Posted by Ezra Acayan on Sunday, March 22, 2020


Posted by Joyce Ng Serrano on Saturday, March 21, 2020


Other memes reacted to how President Rodrigo Duterte is handling the coronavirus outbreak, evidently prioritizing military measures instead of health-oriented solutions. 

In a petition released Friday, March 20, the group Scientists Unite Against COVID-19 called on the national government to start mass testing for coronavirus. This call was echoed by an online petition on Change.Org calling for urgent action, including mandatory mass testing nationwide, to address the outbreak. 

Instead of ordering mass testing, President Rodrigo Duterte will be asking Congress to declare a “national emergency” and grant him emergency powers “necessary” to address the growing number of novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines. 

Yup.. More powers talaga ang sagot? I mean.. Have you tried using the ones you already have correctly, first? Of course not. Who am I kidding. 0 to  real quick siya ihhh

Posted by Alex Castro on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cough in a politician’s face and wait for your test results.

Posted by Huhsmile on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Others also poked fun at the option to work from home during this lockdown. 

The reality is, for many Filipinos especially those who follow the “no work, no pay” policy, working from home is not even an option. 

Posted by Im A Weeb That Post Memes, OwO on Thursday, March 19, 2020

work from home

Posted by Hulyen on Monday, March 9, 2020


Posted by Sadvertising on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Some Filipinos have also posted humurous snippets of how their mothers are coping to manage a full household for one month. 

Ganito na dito sa amin  RobRobzion Melgarejo

Posted by Dabz Esmeralda Melgarejo on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

goods yan nak -ga gogh

Posted by Mga hinanakit ng isang walang kwentang nilalang on Friday, March 20, 2020

Tama tama n ang pagpasyal sa kusina pagod n ako maghugas ng plato….walang lalagpas lockdown n ang kitchen

Posted by Glenda Llaga Balmatero on Friday, March 20, 2020

Have you seen witty and funny posts related to the lockdown on your feed? Share them in the comments section! – 

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