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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: December 17, 2019

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2019 12:49 AM | Updated as of Dec 18 2019 02:25 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

9 killed in Cardona, Rizal accident

Rescue workers assist an injured passenger after an accident involving 3 vehicles, including a passenger jeepney, along the LLDA National highway in Barangay Looc in Cardona, Rizal on Tuesday morning. At least 9 people were reported killed and several others injured, according to local police reports. Photo courtesy of Rhob De Jesus

BSP launches new 20-piso coin

Central Bank Governor Benjamin Diokno holds a newly minted set of 20-piso and Enhanced 5-piso NGC coins at the Executive Business Center at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, (BSP) in Manila on Tuesday. The new 20-piso coin will retain major elements of the widely used 20-peso bill and will be released in circulation in 2020 according to BSP. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Fire at children's hospital

Hundreds of patients, mostly children, are assisted back inside the National Children's Hospital on E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City after a fire necessitated their evacuation earlier Tuesday. The fire broke out at the rooftop of the building but was quickly put under control. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Thanksgiving party for SEA Games heroes

Athletes are awarded incentives during a thanksgiving party thrown to recognize the athletes’ efforts in the recently concluded 30th SEA Games by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committe and the Philippine Olympic Committee on Tuesday. The Philippines was declared overall champion in the regional meet with 387 medals, the country’s highest medal count ever. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

After party

Maintenance workers clean up after an event at a hotel in Pasay City on Tuesday. Hotels have seen a boon as tourism in the country continues to grow, with foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines from January to October seeing a 15-percent increase compared to the same period last year. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”

Fans await the start of the premiere for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in Los Angeles, California on Monday.
The Rise of Skywalker is the final chapter in the much-loved saga that began 42 years ago in 1977 and ranks as the second-highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

Searching for St. Nick?

Nuns pose for pictures inside one of Okada Manila’s Christmas installations on Tuesday. People continue to flock to various Yuletide-themed attractions as Christmas nears. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Bulacan's Christmas Village

Various Christmas lights and decorations adorn a house, chapel, and chicharon factory in Santa Maria, Bulacan on Tuesday. The decorations inspired by the Disneyland castle and facade of the St. Peter's Basilica are based on family members' visits abroad according to the owners of the house, factory, and chapel. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News