'Eerie': Makati on lockdown as seen from a resident's camera lens

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2020 05:08 AM


Gone are the streams of vehicles and pedestrians along the once-busy streets of Makati City. 

Instead, lone cars traverse it at night. In the morning, a handful of people wearing masks move on foot. Some street dwellers and vendors continue life and livelihood in the sidewalks. 

This seemingly post-apocalyptic view of the business district which until the last few weeks constantly grappled with traffic jams was captured on video by a Makati resident. 

"It's an eerie feeling, seeing something so different from what I used to see everyday," Vir Bryan Ascabano, the video's creator told ABS-CBN News in an online conversation. 

Ascabano, 29, shot the video he dubbed "Makati: Uncrowded" over the first days of the enhanced community quarantine placed over Luzon. 

Businesses and trading had to take a pause under the lockdown, with many workers, including Ascabano, a freelance video editor, shifting to a work-from-home set-up. 

Ascabano snuck in shots on the ground while driving his car to the bank or supermarket. 

"Sobrang laki kasi ng pinagbago ng Makati during this quarantine every time na napadaan ako sa isang area. Dating crowded and busy streets, tahimik na ngayon. Kaya ayun, napag-isipan kong kunan ito," he said. 

(Makati experienced a tremendous change during this quarantine which I notice every time I pass any area. Crowded and busy streets are now quiet. That's what made me think of taking these shots.) 

His bird's-eye-view of the skyline and of the empty roads such as the Skyway were taken from his condominium in Bgy. Pio Del Pilar.

'Yung view from the rooftop is totally different. Dating medyo foggy na cityscapes dahil sa pollution siguro, sobrang clear na ngayon," he said. 

(The cityscapes which were foggy before probably due to pollution have become so clear)

"I can see MOA (Mall of Asia), the airport, or even Alabang (Muntinlupa) na dati di ko sya nakikita (which I didn't see before)."


For Ascabano, the lockdown has not only affected the city but also residents like him who are used to an on-the-go lifestyle.

"After 1 week of this quarantine period, nag-a-adjust pa rin (I'm still adjusting)."

One thing he admitted he misses is eating outside.

"Kailangan mag-adapt to a new way of living--na dati sa labas lang ako kumakain or o-order lang lagi, ngayon I have to cook my own food na." 

(One needs to adapt to a new way of living. Where before I only eat outside or order takeout, now I have to cook my own food. )

With the" Uncrowded" video, Ascabano hopes viewers would feel peace and hope during the month-long quarantine.

"Mixed feelings, eh. Everytime I see the vid, I feel sad dahil nag-mala-ghost town na ang Makati, but I also felt a bit of hope," he said. 

"Hope for us Filipinos. Seeing people obeying these regulations, seeing nature healing because of less pollution. Hoping na matapos na 'tong crisis na 'to (that this crisis will be over) and everything will be back to normal."