Pinoy Illustrator Turns Quarantine Food Cravings Into Art

And it's for the benefit of health workers!

( Milk tea, artisanal coffee, donuts, cookies—for most of us, these are just food cravings we have during quarantine that can easily be satisfied with the tap of a button (a.k.a. GrabFood, FoodPanda, or some other delivery service). But for others, these fancy food items are but a dream. In an effort to feed health workers risking their lives at the Philippine Lung Center, art director and illustrator Tof Zapanta with copywriter Nanie de Castro created a 16-page zine inspired by your quarantine food cravings. You can get a copy for free when you donate at least P500 worth of meals to Today x Future's Frontliner Food Drive. "Quarantine Food Cravings," as it is aptly called, is printed on A5-size matte book paper.


Zapanta is one of the many local artists whose exhibits were canceled due to the quarantine. "This pandemic, I’m quite sure, has had an immense effect on the visual arts scene," he says in an interview with He has had two canceled shows, and an upcoming exhibit in August which is still at the mercy of uncertainty. Since the quarantine started, he's been doing quick food doodles on his Notes app.

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"I’m lucky that exhibitions are not my main source of income, but thankfully for those who consider it as such, there is the Philippine Visual Artists Directory, gathering information on the status of visual artists and submitting them to government regional representatives who are implementing calls for applications for cash aid programs. But setting up exhibitions and events is what I do for a living as a creative director and gallery manager, so I have my work cut out for me too, rescheduling half a year’s worth of exhibitions (and events), and even finding artists to replace those who will be unable to proceed, not to mention sponsors and collectors who most probably have reallocated their resources to cope or help out with how things are, and rightly so," he explains.


To help the cause, buy at least P500 worth of meals from Today x Future's Frontliner Food Drive. These dishes, which are also served regularly at the neighborhood resto-bar, range from seafood meals like tuna pasta and fish filled with mashed potato to vegetarian dishes like fried eggplant pasta and tofu steak with mushroom soup. Donations can be deposited to BDO (003970059148), BPI (4355836903), or BPI Family (5046462604); send proof of payment to @todayxfuture or

Alternatively, you can purchase the zine directly from @quarantinefoodcravings on Instagram for P200. This will go to printing costs, but the profit will still be donated to the food drive.

For more information, follow Quarantine Food Cravings on Instagram.

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