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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: December 16, 2019

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Posted at Dec 17 2019 12:20 AM

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Strong quake hits Davao del Sur

A collapsed house squeezed vehicles after a 6.9- magnitude earthquake in the town of Padada in Davao del Sur on Sunday. A powerful earthquake hit Mindanao on December 15, killing a child and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October. Ferdinandh Cabrera, AFP

Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi in Vatican

Pope Francis blesses a Filipino girl as he celebrates a mass for the Filipino community on Sunday evening at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Pope Francis expressed his appreciation to overseas Filipino communities for being “smugglers of faith” after presiding his first “Simbang Gabi” mass, the 9-day novena celebrated in the Philippines before the Christmas day celebration. Tiziana Fabi, AFP

Celebrating the homecoming of the Balangiga bells

Borongan Bishop Crispin B. Varquez blesses the Balangiga bells to mark the first year since the US returned the wartime artifacts to the Philippines. The national government turned over the 3 bells to the Balangiga parish on Dec. 15, 2018. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Search and rescue continues in earthquake hit areas

Forensic experts process the remains of a casualty retrieved from the damaged grocery store in Padada, Davao Del Sur on Monday. At least 2 were reported killed, and several other remain missing after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the region on Sunday afternoon causing structural damage on buildings in the area. ABS-CBN News

VP Robredo defers release of drug report, focuses on earthquake relief

Vice President Leni Robredo shows a copy of a report on the anti-illegal drug campaign, based on her short stint as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs (ICAD), during a press briefing at the Office of the Vice President in Quezon City on Monday. Robredo deferred the release of the report and urged the public to help those affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Davao Del Sur. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Santa Claus is surfin’ to town

Carlos Bahia, dressed as Santa Claus, surfs at the Maresias beach in Sao Sebastiao, hometown of World Surf League Champion Gabriel Medina, Sao Paulo state, Brazil on Sunday. Christmas, one of the biggest festivities in Brazil, is celebrated during summer time in the country. Amanda Perobelli, Reuters

Christmas Wonderland in Singapore

People look at luminarie light sculptures as snow foam falls at the Christmas Wonderland at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The attraction, which features a Christmas parade for the first time, will run until December 26, 2019. Loriena Perera, Reuters