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MONUMENTS: 'THE MANILA OF OUR AFFECTIONS'

It’s the steady hum of cicadas that envelops you the moment you step into the garden near the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City.

That, and the absence of everything else.

To the right, 3 gardeners cut overgrown grass in front of a black wall that commemorates Filipinos who “offered their lives for freedom, justice, and truth.” There is nobody else on June 3, save for us, 3 journalists, out to document monuments around Metro Manila.

It’s the same experience almost everywhere.

Over the course of 7 hours, we went around 3 Metro Manila cities to visit several monuments. We wanted to document their place in everyday metropolitan life and, maybe, to answer the question: What are they here for?


Basilio H. Sepe, Rappler

TRICK-OR-TREATING FROM THE BACK OF A CAR

A community in the United States found a unique way to get the kids together to trick-or-treat on Halloween without walking for miles.

Instead of going house to house, families and their children walk through a parking lot with more than 70 decorated cars to collect candies in the event dubbed “Trunk or Treat.”

Families set up their Halloween decorations from the back of their cars and trucks at the parking lot of the Curtis Lake Church in Sanford, Maine.


Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

SUPER TYPHOON MANGKHUT BATTERS THE PHILIPPINES

Dozens of people are feared to be buried by a landslide in the mining town of Itogon, in Benguet province, after Super Typhoon Mangkhut triggered a massive landslide in northern Philippines which destroyed hundreds of homes and killed over 80 people while more bodies are being recovered from the landslide. The storm slammed into the main Philippine island of Luzon over the weekend and continued its path through Hong Kong and Southern China, killing four people in the province of Guangdong as 2.5 million people were evacuated in Guangdong and on Hainan island. 


Basilio H. Sepe, Getty Images 

PHILIPPINES PRIDE MARCH

Thousands of people joined the annual Metro Manila Pride March, on Saturday, in celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Pride Month in Marikina City in the Philippines.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press

FILIPINOS OBSERVE RAMADAN

Filipino Muslims join the Islamic world in the observance of the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayers. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when Muslims spend the whole day in prayer and reflection.


Basilio H. Sepe, UCANews

PHILIPPINES PALM SUNDAY

Hundreds of Filipino Catholic devotees flocked to Santa Ana Church, also known as the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned in Manila to celebrate Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week.

In the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, millions fill the churches nationwide to observe the start of Holy Week.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press


PHILIPPINES HOTEL FIRE

At least four employees were killed and two others remained trapped in a fire that hit a Manila hotel, according to a Philippine official,

More than 300 guests were evacuated from the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino, some by helicopter.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press

IN PHOTOS: THE RAINBOW WARRIOR

Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s iconic and environmental campaign ship, arrived in Manila on Wednesday for a 20-day “Balangaw: The Climate Justice Ship Tour,” which includes port stops in Tacloban, Leyte and in Guimaras Island until March 5.

The tour, which focuses on climate justice, emphasizes people’s rights to a stable climate and safe environment so they can have clean air, clean water, safe food, among others, according to Rainbow Warrior captain Hettie Geenen.


Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

PHILIPPINES AUTISM WALK

Thousands of Filipinos on Sunday joined the annual Angels Walk for Autism in a show of support for people with the condition.

The event at the Mall of Asia in Manila featured concerts and performances by people living with autism.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press

PHILIPPINES DAWN MASS

Filipinos marked the official countdown to Christmas on Saturday with the start of a series of pre-dawn masses running up to Christmas eve.

Millions of Filipinos flock to churches nationwide to celebrate the annual tradition, known as 'Simbang Gabi', or misa de gallo.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press

PHILIPPINES DRUG WAR PROTEST

Relatives that claim their family members were victims of extra judicial killings under the Philippines 'war on drugs' held a rally on Tuesday outside a police station in the capital.

Relatives displayed pictures of their loved ones and offered flowers as they seek justice for victims of the illegal drugs campaign under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte which started after he became president in 2016.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press

PHILIPPINES BURIAL

A Filipino teenager at the centre of the latest outcry against the President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown against illegal drugs was buried on Saturday.

Mourners at the funeral protested against the thousands of drug killings that have taken place under Duterte's term in office.


Basilio H. Sepe, Associated Press

IN PHOTOS: THOUSANDS JOIN FLUVIAL PROCESSION IN NAGA

Thousands of Filipino Catholics celebrated the annual festival of the Our Lady of Penafrancia in Naga City, Camarines Sur province on Saturday.

The festival started with a "novena" or nine days of prayer at the Cathedral of Naga, where the wooden image of the Virgin Mary was brought from its original home at the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia also in Naga City.


Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

IN PHOTOS: RESORTS WORLD MANILA UNDER ATTACK IN THE PHILIPPINES

Filipino policemen and soldiers take their position outside Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City on June 2, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. 

Explosions and gunshots were heard at the entertainment resort as armed policemen and soldiers were deployed to the scene while plumes of smoke poured out of a building.


Basilio H. Sepe, Getty Images

IN PHOTOS: MORIONES FESTIVAL IN MARINDUQUE

A Filipino portraying Jesus Christ (C) carries a wooden cross next to 'Morions' (masked penitents) during the Good Friday re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in the town of Boac, Marinduque island, Philippines, 14 April 2017. Villagers of the island of Marinduque celebrate an annual religious festival called 'Moriones' wherein men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as they parade.


Basilio H. Sepe, EPA

PHILIPPINE ISLE TURNS ‘ROMAN' DURING HOLY WEEK

The laid-back island of Marinduque in the Philippines turns into a "Roman garrison" of biblical times during the annual observance of what is supposed to be a solemn religious event.

Masked "Roman soldiers," called "Morions," roam the streets of the island for the retelling of the story of Longinus, a centurion who supposedly pierced the side of the crucified Jesus with a spear and was healed by Jesus' blood. 


Basilio H. Sepe, UCANews

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