Thursday, October 30, 2014

‘Eyesores’ removed for Pope’s visit

Residents of San Jose, Tacloban City get ready to relocate to Old Kawayan near San Juanico Bridge on the Leyte side. Their relocation is part of the Leyte government’s preparation for the visit of Pope Francis in January, 2015. Kawayan is one of the barangays in the outlying area of Leyte town. 

These ‘Eyesores’are the same people who took the brunt of typhoon "Haiyan" or Yolanda  in November last year, losing their homes, livelihood and loved ones to the tide. While they lived to tell their harrow- ing tale, the survivors have been strug- gling to get back on their feet and are still mending their shattered psyche.

This  difficulty  confronting residents-turned-informal settlers in Barangay 88, San Jose here whose living condition in the eyes of government officials is too unsightly for the much awaited visit of Pope Francis on January 17, 2015. MB

Monday, October 27, 2014

War on poverty not yet over

A homeless girl takes shelter with her family and go about their daily routine under a bridge in Manila on Monday. According to the latest Social Weather Stations poll conducted last September, 12.2 million Filipinos families considered themselves poor. 
Based on the survey, self-rated poverty in Metro Manila increased by six points to 43 percent, and by seven points to 52 percent in the rest of Luzon. However, self-rated poverty was down by 10 points to 61 percent in Mindanao and by nine points to 65 percent in the Visayas.During the same survey period, 43 percent of Filipino families or about 9.3 million households claimed they are “food-poor.” This is higher than the 41 percent, equivalent to 9 million households who claimed they are poor, three months ago. MB

Sunday, October 26, 2014


A giant replica of Santa Claus clings on to the fa├žade of this building on P. Tuazon Boulevard in Quezon City, providingan enormous and amusing reminder that Christmas is just around the corner.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2 Salvage victims

The body of a 2 suspected “salvage” or summary execution victims with  bullet wounds were found near  the Marikina river, Quezon City  October 23, 2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hostage-taker Lauro Sanchez

LAURO Sanchez Garcia, a 35-year-old shoe vendor from Agoncilio, Batangas, is arrested by policemen after holding hostage 13 passengers inside a Cubao- bound bus at the entrance of Guiginto, Bulacan, tollgate. 

Sanchez a shoe vendor, boarded the Everlasting bus line  in Tuguegarao. The suspect suddenly pulled out a fan knife and took a passenger hostage.  
The suspect later demanded to talk with a media man and threatening to kill a hostage. The police decided to subdue him, when the suspect still refused to peacefully give up ending the hostage drama.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

Eid'l Adha

Filipino Muslim Kids eating "dirty ice-cream" inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, October 4, 2014, as the Islam community celebrates Eid'l Adha, the feast of sacrifice.  The islamic festival include prayers and sacrificing hala domestic animals (cow, camel, goat, sheep or ram) as symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son. The meat from the sacrifice is then distributed among the community.