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LOOK: Manila after dark -- the community quarantine edition

Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2020 06:47 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2020 11:37 AM

Hinahanap-hanap kita Manila. Ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga. Mga jeepney mong nagliliparan...

Except that unique, city experience is gone now, at least while the COVID-19 threat is here.

That's the iconic song that best describes the hustle and bustle of Manila. Who would think that one would experience in his lifetime a Manila bereft of the noise, the pollution and crowd of people one is used to seeing every day in every corner of the nation's capital?

A week into the "enhanced community quarantine" imposed by the government to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, that is exactly what's happening. And as the city falls into darkness after sunset, the few souls that dare to wander slowly creep into their own little nooks akin to the movie "I Am Legend," except that here the threat is real and it's not zombies but real people who might be carrying the deadly virus.

The sun starts to set on Manila as seen from Quezon Boulevard approaching Quiapo.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Motorists cross Quezon Bridge as the night starts to fall on the capital.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

The normally busy Quiapo Church is devoid of its usual crowd and vehicular traffic.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A lone pedicab driver still waits for a passenger even as there are few outside the Manila City Hall.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A man walks home with groceries on an empty M.H. Del Pilar Street.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Security guards man the Ramon Magsaysay Center on Roxas Boulevard.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A man on a bicycle travels along an empty Roxas Boulevard.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A cargo truck travels along a deserted Roxas Boulevard as the sun sets.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A soldier calls the attention of bystanders at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to vacate the park before sundown.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Street dwellers in front of the PhilPost Office at Liwasang Bonifacio are asked leave the streets as the lockdown in Manila is implemented.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A street dweller washes his hands even as they are told to leave the streets before sundown.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Troops call on street dwellers in front of the PhilPost Office at Liwasang Bonifacio and are asked leave the streets.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A street dweller sits idly on the fountain at Liwasang Bonifacio as they are asked to leave the streets and the enhanced community quarantine is enforced.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A street dweller sits idly on the fountain at Liwasang Bonifacio as they are asked to leave the streets and the enhanced community quarantine is enforced.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A man crosses Recto Avenue in the commercial district of Divisoria, which usually is teeming with people but now finds its shops shuttered.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A man on a bicycle traverses Recto Avenue in the middle of the commercial district of Divisoria.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A student walks home along the deserted sidewalk of Recto Avenue at the end of the day.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A lone biker pedals his way along a deserted Recto Avenue. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A lone pedestrian walks in front of the closed Tutuban Center in Divisoria.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Despite the enhanced community quarantine, it was business as usual at the marketplace along Recto Avenue in Divisoria. The mass of people makes it impossible to practice social distancing where the bulk of the goods sold around Manila originates.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

People cross Jones Bridge in a hurry as the sun sets on Manila. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Workers coming from a construction site cross Jones Bridge before darkness falls on Manila.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

The sun sets while cargo trucks coming from the port area cross Roxas Bridge on R-10.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A homeless man pushes his cart with his dog on top of it, as he looks for another place to stop for the night during the lockdown in Manila.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A driver pushes his pedicab on an empty Jones Bridge.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A lone pedestrian walks toward Jones Bridge as night falls.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A few motorists cross a brightly decorated Jones Bridge with no one else in sight.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Pedestrians in masks walk past the Rizal monument at Luneta Park.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A security guard watches over an empty Rizal Park, which has been closed since the lockdown began.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A feline visitor has the park to its own as the enhanced community quarantine is enforced all over Metro Manila and Luzon.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News