LOOK: Luzon lockdown brings clear skies to Metro Manila
Clearer skies and better air quality are a welcome side effect to the ongoing enhanced community quarantine which has been ongoing since March 16.
The rumble of car engines and honking horns have been replaced by chirping birds in the morning while smog, which up until three weeks ago was synonymous with living in the metro, have all but disappeared, gifting residents with views previously thought long gone.
Just last year, the country’s air quality was considered unsafe according to various reports and yet the last few weeks of vehicle-free roads, plane-less skies, and widespread closings of factories have already done much to improve the quality not just in the Philippines but in other parts of the world.
As people under the quarantine wait for everything to return to normal, air quality is something that hopefully remains the same as it is now.
Here are some scenes in and around the metro:
Katipunan Avenue on March 17, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City on March 17, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Roxas Boulevard on April 4, 2020. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Ortigas Avenue on April 4, 2020. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Rizal Park on April 4, 2020. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Mandaluyong City’s skyline on March 22, 2020. Joseph Manalo, ABS-CBN News
EDSA on March 24, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Makati City’s skyline on March 22, 2020. Joseph Manalo, ABS-CBN News
Ortigas on March 17, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
The intersection of EDSA and E. Rodriguez in Cubao, Quezon City on March 20, 2020. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News
Mandaluyong City’s skyline taken on March 22, 2020. Joseph Manalo, ABS-CBN News
Plaza Miranda in Quiapo on March 24, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Sunset view of houses and buildings in San Juan, Makati and Manila on April 7, 2020. AC Dimatatac, ABS-CBN News
City skyline view from Sumulong Highway in Antipolo on April 08, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Manila Skyline as seen from Mariveles, Bataan on March 30, 2020. Photo courtesy of Bles Yee-Defeo
Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City on March 20, 2020 . Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News
The Metro Manila skyline at sunsest seen from Antipolo, Rizal on March 19, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News