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LOOK: Luzon lockdown brings clear skies to Metro Manila

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 11:12 PM | Updated as of Apr 08 2020 11:39 PM

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The rumble of car engines and honking horns have been replaced by chirping birds in the morning while smog, which up until three weeks ago was synonymous with living in the metro, have all but disappeared, gifting residents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