THE DAY IN PHOTOS: December 23, 2019


Posted at Dec 24 2019 12:14 AM

Here are the day's big stories in photos.

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'Save Angkas': Riders unite

Thousands of bikers belonging to the motorcycle ride hailing service Angkas hold a protest at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon City, Sunday. The group expressed concern on a proposed regulation by the LTRFB Technical Working Group limiting membership to 10,000 riders per ride hailing service, citing its possible impact to 17,000 Angkas riders at risk of losing their source of income. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Looking ahead

Couples watch the sunrise facing the Philippine Pacific Sea of Minasangay Island, Balangkayan Eastern Samar on Sunday. Minasangay Eco-park is known as a top tourist destination in Eastern Visayas, according to the Department of Tourism. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Cake time for Pope Francis

Pope Francis (right), standing next to Suor Antonietta Collacchi, director of the Santa Marta dispensary (2nd right), blows candles of a birthday cake presented to him for his 83rd birthday during an audience for children and families of the Santa Marta dispensary on Sunday at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican. Pope Francis turned 83 on December 17, 2019. Vincenzo Pinto, AFP

Indonesian sailors rescued

In this undated handout photo made available on December 23, 2019 by the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), rescued Indonesian sailors Maharudin Lunani (2nd left) and Samion Bin Maniue (2nd right) sit with Philippine military officers at the WESTMINCOM headquarters in Zamboanga. Philippine troops rescued two abducted Indonesian sailors in a December 22 pre-dawn raid on an Islamist militant stronghold which left two dead, a military official said. WESTMINCOM, Handout/AFP

DTI monitors prices of Noche Buena products

Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo leads the Department of Trade and Industry Special Market Monitoring on Noche Buena Products in Pasig City on Monday. The trade department issued early November a suggested retail price guide for 134 Noche Buena products to ensure compliance of retailers this holiday season. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A call for 'Joma’s' arrest

Anti-communist groups hold a protest in front of the Dutch Embassy in Makati on Monday. The group criticized the Dutch government for "harboring" exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman, Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison, who they say committed crimes against humanity in the Philippines. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Home for Christmas

Hundreds of passengers bound for the provinces crowd the Araneta Bus Station in Quezon City, hoping to catch a ride in time for Christmas. The weather bureau urged the public going home for the holiday break to monitor trip cancellations due to Tropical storm Ursula. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Bring out the ham

People flock to a store selling ham in Manila for some last-minute Noche Buena shopping on Monday, two days before Christmas. Ham or Jamon de Bola is a Noche Buena favorite of many Filipino families. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Going home

Travelers catch a bus home to their provinces for the holidays on Monday, a few days before Christmas even as dark clouds loom overhead. Tropical Storm Ursula is projected to make landfall in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday and bring with it moderate to heavy rains. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Borongan carolers

Children sing Christmas carols along the streets of Borongan City as they use makeshift instruments a few days before Christmas. Every year, children in the country go house to house and sing Christmas carols in exchange for coins as they continue the well-loved tradition. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Ready for Noche Buena

Lechoneros man the spit roast as they cook rows of lechon in La Loma, Quezon City on Monday. Store owners experience the peak of their sales during Christmas eve, but orders are starting to come in already with their lechon prices ranging from P7,000 - P12,000. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News