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LOOK: Pililla windmills in Rizal clearly seen from Pasay

Photos by Donald Pancho

Posted at Apr 16 2020 05:08 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2020 10:52 PM

LOOK: Pililla windmills in Rizal clearly seen from Pasay

Despite the anxiety brought about by the rising COVID-19 cases in the country, residents shared their excitement on how the skies were visibly clearer during the Luzon lockdown. 

Images of the Sierra Madre ranges and Bataan visible from Metro Manila have gone viral for weeks, with netizens showing their appreciation on how Mother Nature slowly heals.

Donald Pancho, a photography enthusiast, whiles away the time by indulging in his favorite hobby, taking photographs from the rooftop of a condominium in Pasay where his family resides. Two weeks after the Luzon lockdown, he was surprised to see a group of windmills beyond the Makati and Taguig skyline -- a sight he has never seen in his 20 years of residing in the condominium.

A careful look at the landscape made him realize that it was the Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal that he has captured. A cropped image of a wider frame showed the windmills behind the high-rise buildings in Makati and Taguig, traversing through the greeneries of posh subdivisions in Makati and Bonifacio Global City.

A cropped image shows the Pililla Wind Farm on top of the mountains of Rizal in this photo taken on March 30, 2020. Photo courtesy of Donald Pancho

The month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon has resulted in clearer skies sans the smog caused by air pollution from vehicles and factories. This was confirmed by a report released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and environmental scientists from the University of the Philippines showing a 50-74 percent drop in air pollution levels in Metro Manila.