I must have spent summer washing my hands.

As well as listening to the race of COVID case-count vs. “ayuda.” The drill goes on till now.

Sometimes, I’m out for some photos too. My IATF-given freedom enabled me to move around. In places at a time when only a few would rather be.

On March 12, an office-wide lockdown sent us all home, just a few hours after clocking in. That was to be our first brush with the magnitude of the situation.

Four days later, the whole of Metro Manila shuts down.

Following are images from the early months of the state of public health emergency due to COVID19 in Metro Manila. The summer of the war on death.

Photo of overpass and residential buildings
Skyway construction along Osmeña Avenue comes to a halt following  pandemic lockdown, March 27, 2020
People waiting in line
Special Amelioration Program recipients queue underneath a footbridge in Quezon City April 14, 2020.
People filling up forms on the street
Company shutdowns forced everyone to seek financial assistance from the government as these Quezon City residents filing for Special Amelioration Program, April 14, 2020.
Man accomplishing a form on a footbridge.
Quezon City resident files for the government’s financial relief assistance, April 14, 2020
Bikers on a street
Bikers pedal their way through barricades which cuts off Makati from Pasay City upon imposition of lockdown, April 20, 2020.
Motorcycle rider passing through underpass
A barren Quezon Boulevard under Enhanced Community Quarantine,  April 21, 2020.
People lining on the street
Residents of Batasan Hills bear the scorching summer heat in hopes of financial assistance from the city government, April 28, 2020.
People standing on line
Seafarers and OFWs await their turn for COVID19 swab test at the Palacio de Manila, May 13, 2020.
Ships lining the horizon of Manila bay
Cruise ships carrying quarantined Filipino seafarers line Manila Bay awaiting clearance, May 17, 2020.
Roxas Boulevard filled with people jogging and walking
Roxas Boulevard morning when outdoor exercise was first allowed May 17, 2020.
People walking on the baywalk
Promenaders catch sea breeze along the Baywalk as government allowed outdoor exercise for the first time since the community quarantine May 17, 2020
People on the baywalk
Manila residents loosen up at the Baywalk for the first time May 17, 2020
Two kids loitering on a street
Villalobos street in Quiapo, Manila during lockdown May 17, 2020
Plaza Miranda in Quiapo Manila
Motionless Plaza Miranda, May 17, 2020.
Children lying on the floor
Quiapo lockdown, May 17, 2020
Ships lining the horizon
Cruise ships awaiting COVID19 clearance form the largest luxury liner parking space in Manila Bay, May 19, 2020.
Vegetable vendor on a sidewalk
Vegetable vendor starts the day amid lockdown in Pandacan Manila, May 21, 2020.


  1. Allowing people to go out and exercise was very important not only for their health but also for their mental well being. But being in lockdown for weeks without it can be a challenge.

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