The doctor was created by Filipino writer-director Bobby Rubio, who directed the Pixar short film Float, which was released in 2019 and is the studio’s first film to feature Filipino-American characters.
The drawing was shared by Rubio on his personal Instagram page then shared by the Pixar Studios Instagram page.
Rubio’s caption reads, “THANK YOU to all #HealthcareWorkers #EssentialWorkers #Frontlineworkers for being out there, saving lives and helping us through this Pandemic. I have family and friends out there, risking their lives every day. I want you to know it is much appreciated!”
He continues, “#ManoPo is an honoring gesture used in the #Filipino culture. I honor ALL you #Frontline heroes!”
The drawing has garnered praise among netizens, especially medical professionals and Pinoys all over the world who recognize Rubio’s efforts to bring forth more Filipino representation.
According toWorldometer, there are more than 2.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 190,000 deaths. In the Philippines, there are nearly 7,000 cases and 462 deaths, according to the reportr.world COVID-19 Case Tracker.
To all frontliners and essential workers, we salute you for your hard work!