Apart from changing the way people all over the world live, the pandemic also brought another type of trouble to the forefront – and that’s trash.

To prevent COVID-19’s further spread around the globe, people have relied on face shields, face masks, and other items of one-time use. This, in turn, increased the wastes we produce, which is detrimental to the environment.

However, one Filipino artist has found a way to upcycle discarded face shields and it’s through art.

Je Armie Mondragon, who’s a local of Barangay Jolo, Roxas in Palawan, is using the pandemic by-products for his art series inspired by Filipino athletes currently representing the country in the Olympics.

Here are some of his works:

Artwork inspired by Filipino Olympian Hidilyn Diaz // Photo by Je Armie Mondragon

Artwork inspired by Filipino Skatebaorder Margielyn Didal // Photo by Je Armie Mondragon

Artwork inspired by Filipino Skatebaorder Margielyn Didal // Photo by Je Armie Mondragon

Artwork inspired by Filipino Olympian Hidilyn Diaz // Photo by Je Armie Mondragon

Artwork inspired by Filipino Olympians // Photo by Je Armie Mondragon

According to Mondragon, this art series aims to honor the athletes competing for the Philippines in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Besides this, he said he wanted his artwork to inspire ‘optimism’ and ‘strength’ for people during this pandemic.

“Tulad nitong mga atleta na tuloy ang pakikipag laban matupad ang pangarap walang susuko hanggat kaya,” he told Energy FM 107.7 Kalibo in an interview.

“At bilang kabataan ay gusto ko po ito magsilbing insparasyon sa mga nakakarami tuloy lang lalo na doon po sa mga naliligaw ng landas,” he added.

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Image credit: Je Armie Mondragon