Mac Andre Arboleda
San Pedro City, Laguna

Portraits of Confinement depicts my personal life in the past four months, while in quarantine. The pandemic has forced us into different forms of confinement—the physical, the social, the emotional, and even the political. I’ve learned how to cut my own hair, host a Zoom meeting, talk to photographs in my room, and even celebrate my birthday without having to go outside. This confinement has made me feel like I was imprisoned, but not in a typical jail cell though: it is a prison where I am only allowed to live the same life day after day, and die a hundred times in the process.

About the Author

Mac Andre R. Arboleda is a writer and artist currently stuck in quarantine in San Pedro City, Laguna. He is a member of the publishing collective Magpies Press, and is currently the managing editor of UPLB Perspective, the official student publication of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Visit his website at