• Kumiko Mendl




New Earth Theatre’s Bayanihan with Love, is a new project to run alongside Filipino Food UK and Kanlungan Filipino Consortium’s campaign #FilipinoFood4NHS, created in response to the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Filipino community in the UK. New Earth have commissioned thirteen video pieces from artists of Filipino descent that will be sent to Filipino NHS workers alongside food packages from #FilipinoFood4NHS. The first food packages went out to three hospitals in East London at the end of the week commencing 15 March.

The video pieces commissioned for Bayanihan with Love include short poems, skits, songs, monologues, and dances created by 23 artists of Filipino descent as a thank you to Filipino health care workers in the UK. The pieces will be sent as a QR code in the food packages delivered by #FilipinoFood4NHS, with new videos included in each weekly delivery. These intimate pieces will then be made available on the New Earth Theatre website.

Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director of New Earth Theatre, Photo by Hannah Lemon
Kumiko Mendl, Photo by Hannah Lemon

Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director of New Earth Theatre, said today, “This has been a very special project for New Earth and I have been humbled by the talent and generosity of the Filipino artists we have worked with, and for the work that Kanlungan UK do to support the Filipino migrant community. I hope Bayanihan With Love can lift the spirits for all those who have worked tirelessly in the face of this pandemic and can serve to shine a spotlight on this community who deserve all our respect and gratitude”.

Angelo Paragoso, Production Associate and Artist, also commented, “I am extremely grateful to New Earth Theatre and Kanlungan UK for providing UK-based Filipino artists with this wonderful platform. They helped us in our own little way show our support to help enliven the spirits of our fellow Filipinos/as/xs who have devoted themselves to protect the health of the nation in these challenging times. I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside New Earth and Kanlungan as they have reinforced in me the value and importance of community spirit. Mabuhay po kayo at maraming salamat po!”

The Filipino community in the UK has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Filipinos comprise the second largest migrant group in the NHS, 2% of NHS England’s workforce and yet 25% of its coronavirus deaths. According to the Filipino Nurses Association UK, during the first lockdown, more Filipino healthcare workers had died of coronavirus in the UK than in the Philippines.

Bayanihan with Love artists are: James Bradwell, Jaynee Burns, Heidi Carmichael, Natalie Chua, James Cooney, Ronnie del Barrio, Vincent Fajilagmago, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Michael Macalintal, Gia Macuja-Atchinson, Richard Mina, Richard P Peralta, Angelo Paragoso, Max Percy, Ericka Posadas, Margarita San Luis Villegas, Jacqui Sanchez, Jeffrey Sangalang, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Martin Sarreal, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Emmanuel Vass and Joyce Veheary.

For more information on Bayanihan with Love, please visit

Bayanihan with Love has been made possible by Arts Council England.

Bayanihan is a Filipino custom derived from the Filipino word “bayan” for nation, town or community. Bayanihan literally means “being in a bayan” and refers to a fundamental aspect of Filipino culture: working together as a community to achieve a common goal.

#FilipinoFood4NHS was created in March 2020 by Filipino Food UK and the charity Kanlungan Filipino Consortium, to give homesick Filipino NHS workers a taste of home. Fundraising for the food packages is ongoing and information and how to support the fundraiser is here:

New Earth Theatre presents and develops work with British East and South East Asian (BESEA) artists that asks key questions of identity, of the world we live in and our place in that world. They produce touring plays and readings across the year, nurture BESEA talent through their Academy acting and writing courses and Professional Writers Programme, as well as bring artists to communities, museums and schools


Since 1994, Kanlungan has been a leading charity serving the Filipino community in the UK. Out of their base in Hackney, in East London, they deliver educational and professional skills training, advice on employment, housing, and social rights, cultural programmes, mental health support, as well as campaigns for migrants’ rights across the UK. Their twelve member organisations include self-help groups for domestic workers, vulnerable women, and migrants with limited immigration status, a housing association, occupational groups, and faith groups. As an organisation deeply embedded in the Filipino migrant community in the UK, Kanlungan is uniquely positioned to carry out this work, thanks to years of building trust and confidence with its users. They are often one of the only safe spaces for the most vulnerable members of the Filipino community, such as undocumented migrants and survivors of modern-day slavery, to turn to for guidance, support, and community.

Filipino Food UK members chefs Baboy Club, The Adobros, SARAP, Luto, Turo Turo, Naimas, Pinocandy and Food with Mae have volunteered their time to make the food packages.

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