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In Photos: Manila at Night During the ECQ

The city's popular destinations now lie in quiet.

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Photography: Jerome Ascano

It’s been more than a month since the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, and city streets and sites that have once been bustling in activity are now empty. Like many parts of the country, the City of Manila and its popular spots are silent, painting beguiling images that mask the fear and anxiety brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Binondo

Chinatown’s famous arch remains lit to greet the few motorists that pass through.


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Jones Bridge

No pedestrians walk beneath the glow of the iconic bridge’s intricate lamp posts.


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Manila Cathedral

Following quarantine protocols, the church has been closed to the public, but masses are still held online.


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Bonifacio Shrine

Backdropped by the Katipunan’s monument is the Manila City Hall.


The Manila Hotel

The Grand Dame sits quietly across an unseen bay.


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The National Museum

A lean team continues its conservation and restoration projects of masterpieces behind the museum's closed doors.


The Philippine Post Office

Phil Post has recently been tapped to help with the distribution of relief goods.


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Quezon Boulevard Underpass

The underpass, which often sees heavy traffic during rush hour, is virtually empty.



Quiapo

Quiapo Church’s gates are closed. Small tables and stalls for the usual commerce of albularyos and anting-antings are nowhere to be seen.


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Rizal Monument

Luneta’s vast grounds have been cordoned off.


Roxas Boulevard

The usually bustling Roxas Boulevard is eerily empty. Beyond it, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has temporarily let its curtains fall for all upcoming stage shows, while continuing to stream past performances online.


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University of Sto. Tomas

The famous (and mythical) Arch of the Centuries glows blue against the darkness of the campus.


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