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2018: The Year in Photos

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Posted at Jan 01 2019 03:08 AM | Updated as of Jan 02 2019 12:16 AM

FIRST DAY SMOG

A view of the Metro Manila skyline on the early morning of New Year’s Day (January 1, 2018). The Duterte administration hopes to address pollution by regulating the sale and use of firecrackers and assigning community fireworks display areas. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

THE BLACK NAZARENE RETURNS TO QUIAPO

The carriage bearing the Black Nazarene returns to the Quiapo Church on January 10, 2018 after a 22-hour long procession. The journey of the Black Jesus, the Traslacion, winded thru Manila's streets participated in by millions of Catholic devotees in this annual tradition. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

THE STORY OF DARAGANG MAGAYON

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate after alert level 3 took effect as Mount Mayon started to release magma on January 17, 2018. Social media was captivated by a cloud formation that reminded everyone of the story of Daragang Magayon and her lover Panganoron from Philippine folklore. Photo by Ciriaco Santiago III, ABS-CBN News

SAFEGUARDING PRESS FREEDOM

Journalists and press freedom advocates march in Quezon City on January 26, 2018. They called for vigilance vis-a-vis alleged harassment experienced by several journalists critical of the current administration. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

TOKHANG BY DAY

The Philippine National Police resumes Oplan Tokhang in Quezon City on January 28, 2018, in a new schedule from 8am to 5pm. Not to be confused with Operation Double Barrel, Oplan Tokhang sees police officers approach persons on the drug watch list and remind them about drug rehabilitation activities like physical fitness. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

BLUE BLOOD AND SUPER MOON

The super blue blood moon is seen at full lunar eclipse from Quezon City on January 31, 2018. The rare extraterrestrial event was seen in different parts of the country and around the world. Photo by Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

LOW SUPPLY OF NFA RICE

Workers load a sack of rice in a warehouse in Quezon City on February 7, 2018. NFA rice stocks fell to its lowest in a decade after the NFA Council failed to approve a request to import 250,000 metric tons of rice in November 2017. The shortage was a big factor in pushing up the inflation rate in 2018. Photo by Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

WINGWALKERS

Wingwalkers perform for visitors of the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Air Field in Pampanga on February 8, 2018. Aviation enthusiasts and tourists were treated with colorful hot air balloon displays and an aerobatic show until February 11. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

PHILIPPINES COMPETES AT 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS

The flag of Philippines is paraded during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9, 2018. Michael Martinez and Asa Miller represented the Philippines in figure skating and alpine skiing, respectively.Photo by Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

SHARE THIS ON ASH WEDNESDAY

Students check out their faces after receiving ashes on their forehead at the St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Dagupan City on February 14, 2018 when Catholics across the nation marked the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. ABS-CBN News

IN THE WAKE OF ‘BASYANG’

A motorcyclist rides through debris following heavy rains in Carrascal town in Surigao del Sur province on the southern island of Mindanao on February 15, 2018, a day after Tropical Storm Basyang hit the province, killing several people in the affected areas. Photo by Erwin Mascariñas, AFP

OFW KILLED IN KUWAIT COMES HOME

The remains of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, the OFW whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait, arrive at the cargo terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on February 17, 2018. Demafelis, who flew to the Gulf state in 2014, returned home in a wooden coffin and was met by crying members of her family. ABS-CBN News

COMING HOME

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Filipino maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women returned home, recounting their abuse and hardship but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

A VERY LONG MRT QUEUE

Commuters wait in line to ride the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during morning rush hour in North Avenue, Quezon City on February 20, 2018. The frequent breakdowns of the MRT affected thousands of commuters in 2018, but the frequency declined in the last quarter. Photo by Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

‘JUSTICE FOR DENGVAXIA VICTIMS’

Parents of children administered with Dengvaxia vaccine carry portraits of their kids during a joint Senate committee hearing on the controversy on February 21, 2018. The group called for justice for those who died allegedly due to the side effects of the anti-dengue vaccine. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

RECOVERING FROM FIRE

A resident lies down on an undamaged part of his house as neighbors salvage scraps from what remained of their homes after a blaze hit Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City on March 1, 2018, the eve of Fire Prevention Month. The fire was allegedly caused by a faulty charger. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A TIGER IN THE WINDOW

A firefighter reacts as a tiger licks the viewing window during a visit at the Malabon Zoo on March 2, 2018. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection sought to educate the public on the importance of fire prevention and explained the effects of fire on animals, particularly pets. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

FIRE DESTROYS UP SHOPPING CENTER

A fireman checks the UP Shopping Center in Quezon City, after a blaze on the morning of March 8, 2018. Officials said the fire started at 7:14 am and declared fire out at 8:53 am, estimating P500,000 in damages at another lost iconic landmark of the state university. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

ADVICE FROM UN CHR

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland March 9, 2018.The UN official suggested that President Duterte undergo psychiatric assessment, in response to government’s call to declare human rights activists as terrorists.Photo by Denis Balibouse, Reuters

KEEPING TABS ON FAKE NEWS

Presidential Assistant Communications Secretary Ana Marie Banaag and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (left, 2nd left) confer with each other as Facebook's Asia Pacific Vice President of Public Policy Simon Milner and Asia Pacific Director of Community Engagement Clair Deevy (center, right) listen during the Senate hearing on fake news on March 15, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

‘TATLONG KRUS’

Local children play near the "Tatlong Krus" Pilgrimage site in in the town of Paete in Laguna on March 16, 2018 when Filipino Catholics trooped to different pilgrimage sites around the country in observance of the Holy Week. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

DRUGS AND DEATH

The body of an alleged drug dealer lies on the ground after he was killed by an unidentified assailant in Manila on March 23, 2018. Philippine police said on March 22 they had shot dead 13 drug suspects, just days after President Rodrigo Duterte moved to take the country out of the International Criminal Court due to its inquiry into his deadly drug war and other alleged crimes against humanity. Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

PHILIPPINE AZKALS WIN AFC ASIAN CUP MATCH

Members of the Philippine men's national football team rejoice after winning their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila on March 27, 2018. The Azkals beat Tajikistan 2-1. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR

Vehicles line up as they move towards Sector 1 in Barangay Lilod, Marawi City on April 1, 2018. Thousands of Marawi residents were given the opportunity to check their homes and retrieve possessions from the battle-scarred city.Photo by Val Cuenca, ABS-CBN News

RETURN TO MARAWI

A resident checks the damage on her house as seen through a spyhole in Marawi City on April 5, 2018. Daesh-inspired gunmen cut through houses using spyholes as they fought government troops for more than five months last year. A total of 24,000 residents were allowed to visit their houses to get their personal belongings and to retrieve their possessions at the main affected areas in Marawi City. Photo by Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

DRUG SUSPECT KERWIN ESPINOSA APPEARS IN COURT

Drug suspect Kerwin Espinosa is escorted by members of the National Bureau of Investigation as he attends his hearing at the Manila Regional Trial Court on April 6, 2018. Espinosa was charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act after methamphetamine was confiscated from his residence in 2017. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

PAINFUL MEMORIES

Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Fahima Alagasi turns emotional as she answer questions at a press briefing held at Terminal 1, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Pasay City, April 13, 2018. Alagasi, who got scalded by her employer, sought help from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh but had to face counter-charges for four years. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

ACTIVIST NUN RELEASED

Australian rural missionary, Sister Patricia Fox, talks to the media shortly after her release from the Bureau of Immigration on April 17, 2018. Fox was forced to leave the Philippines, her home for nearly 3 decades, for participating in rallies critical of the Duterte government. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

HANDING OVER THE REINS

President Duterte turns over a rifle to incoming Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde (right) as he graces the change of command ceremonies for the next police chief at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on April 19, 2018. Looking on was outgoing PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

PIPING POLLUTION

A worker of the Department of Public Works and Highways unearths an underground pipe discharging foul-smelling liquid into the water on Station 2 of White Beach in Boracay on May 1. Government agencies went after establishments violating laws on the discharge of waste water, one of the priorities during the 6-months lockdown of the island. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

DUTERTE EFFIGY GOES UP IN FLAMES

Activists burn a giant effigy of President Duterte as they march towards the presidential palace during the Labor Day protest rally in Manila on May 1, 2018. The groups criticized the administration for its failure to address labor contractualization, 2 years after Duterte was elected. Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

EARLY MAN: STUDY SAYS HUMANS IN PHILIPPINES 700,000 YEARS AGO

This handout image obtained from the French Museum of Natural History on May 2, 2018 shows an archaeologist at work at the site of an archaeological dig at Kalinga in the Philippines. The discovery of a nearly intact skeleton from a butchered rhinoceros in the island of Luzon pushes back the possible arrival of the first homo species on the island chain ten-fold to 700,000 years ago, according to a study published on May 2, 2018. Photo by Thomas Ingicco, MNHN, AFP

GROWTH?

Children play on wooden pallets in Manila Bay on May 10, 2018. The Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent from a year earlier in the three months to March, in line with most expectations though there were concerns over inflation, the government said on May 10. Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

SERENO’S FIGHT FOR TRUTH

Ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno addresses supporters protesting outside the Supreme Court in Taft Avenue, Manila on May 11, 2018. Eight Supreme court justices voted to validate the quo warranto case filed by Solicitor General Calida over her alleged failure to submit all her Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth when she applied for the top judicial post. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

VOTE FOR THE FUTURE: MOM CASTS HER VOTE

A woman fills up her ballot while carrying her baby at the Herminigildo Atienza Elementary School in Baseco, Tondo, Manila on May 14, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Filipinos trooped to the polls to fill elective positions in the village level in about 42,000 barangays. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

PRAYING WITH INTENT

A Filipino Muslim boy prays on the top of a motorcycle cab during the second day of Ramadan, outside a mosque in Baseco, Tondo City on May 18, 2018 Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

SOTTO TAKES OATH AS SENATE PRESIDENT

Senator Vicente Sotto III takes his oath as the new Senate president before Sen. Gregorio Honasan. Sotto vowed to continue what his predecessor, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, started in the upper chamber. Photo by Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

THIS IS HOME

Tons of waste are strewn along Estero de Magdalena at La Torre and Padre Algue in Tondo, Manila in this photo take June 5, 2018. Around 700 informal settlers live along the banks of Estero Magdalena, citing the lack of livelihood opportunities in relocation sites which forced them to stay in slum areas in Manila. Photo by Val Cuenca, ABS-CBN News

VP LENI SALUTES RIZAL

Vice President Leni Robredo salutes the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal during a wreath-laying ceremony in celebration of the country's 120th Independence Day at Rizal Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

COLORS OF EID’L FITR

Filipino Muslims attend prayer to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the municipality of Pikit in North Cotabato province on June 15, 2018. Eid’l Fitr marks the end of month-long fasting in observance of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo by Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

PROUD MOM

Proud mom Merlin Fernandez takes a selfie with her daughter Hannia before the send-off ceremony of Hijab Troopers of the Philippine Army's Civil Military Operations Batallion (CMOB) at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay on June 21, 2018. The Hijab troopers will be assigned in Mindanao to support the government’s Bangon Marawi project. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

CBCP MEETS WITH PNP LEADERSHIP

Philippine National Police Director-General Oscar Albayalde (left) greets Bishop Rey Evangelista of the CBCP Committee on Public Affairs in Manila on June 27, 2018 in the wake of killings of a number of priests. Church leaders raised concerns over the violence inflicted on the clergy. CBCP handout photo

JAYSON CASTRO’S FLYING PUNCH IN GILAS VS AUSTRALIA

Gilas-Pilipinas point guard Jayson Castro (left) punches Australia’s Daniel Kickert during a melee that disrupted the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on July 2, 2018. The Philippines lost after 9 of its players got ejected. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

500 KILOS OF SHABU DISCOVERED AT NORTH HARBOR

Members of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency guard a customized cylindrical steel case filled with 500 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu amounting to P3.4 billion. The contraband was seized at the Manila International Container Port on July 7, 2018. ABS-CBN News

'UWIAN NA'

Children wade through flood waters along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City after authorities suspended public school classes on July 17, 2018. Malacanang Palace ordered the suspension of classes in all public schools and work in government offices as heavy rains affected the region. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

BROKEN PROMISES

Labor groups camp out at the Mendiola Peace Arch on Thursday, a few days before President Duterte's State of the Nation Address on July 23, 2018. The groups criticized the administration’s failure to address rising prices of basic goods and services as well as end labor contractualization. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

THE HOUSE SPEAKER SHOUTS

Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo addresses the members of the House of Representatives without a working microphone during the Third Regular Session of the 17th Congress, minutes before President Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018. Arroyo ousted Alvarez after 161 lawmakers signed a manifesto supporting the move to replace Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARING FOR DE LIMA

Detained Senator Leila de Lima waves to her supporters as she arrives at a Metropolitan Trial Court branch in Quezon City on August 2, 2018 to attend a hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed by Representative Reynaldo Umali. The case stemmed from a text message by De Lima to the daughter of her former driver Ronnie Dayan, telling Dayan to ignore a subpoena to attend a House committee hearing. ABS-CBN News

BANGSAMORO ORGANIC LAW PRESENTED TO MILF

President Duterte poses for a photo with top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police, legislators and negotiators in the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), during the presentation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to the MILF at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Stakeholders in Mindanao will have a plebiscite on January 21, 2019 on the law that will create a new Bangsamoro region. Photo by Simeon Celi, Jr., Presidential Photo

BLOWN AWAY

Police and civilian attendees run for safety as their tent is blown away by a low-flying helicopter (not pictured) in a review of troops during the117th police anniversary celebrations at the national headquarters in Manila on August 9, 2018, attended by President Duterte. At least 3 people were injured in the incident. Photo by Ted Aljibe, AFP

BAY WATCH

Residents watch as workers look for recyclable materials after their houses were destroyed by strong winds and huge waves along the shores of Navotas on August 13, 2018. Heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon flooded many parts of the metro during that weekend. Photo by Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

TULFO SIBLINGS FACE PROBE

Tulfo siblings Ben, Erwin and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo face the Senate blue ribbon committee on August 14, 2018, regarding the P60-million ad placement by the Department of Tourism on the brothers' TV show "Kilos Pronto." The DOT ad placement drew controversy when the Commission on Audit flagged that the fees that went to a firm owned by Ben Tulfo. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

CHINESE AIRCRAFT LANDS ON ITS BELLY

A Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 lies on its belly pictured next to the airport perimeter fence after it overshot the runway at Ninoy Aquino International airport in Paranaque on August 16, 2018. Many flights in and out of the airport got cancelled as the runway had to be shut down following the crash landing of the Chinese aircraft. Photo by Erik De Castro, Reuters

HIDILYN DIAZ WINS FIRST ASIAN GAMES GOLD

The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz Philippines competes in the 2018 Asian Games Women's Weighlifting, 53kg Division, in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 21, 2018. The Olympic silver medalist went on to win the first gold for the country in the Asian Games. Photo by Darren Whiteside, Reuters

WEEVILS INFEST OVER 100K SACKS OF RICE

Authorities check a ship containing 133,000 sacks of rice infested with rice weevils or "bukbok" at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone on August 22, 2018. The National Food Authority said the sacks of rice would be fumigated to kill the pests before they are distributed to the public. Photo by Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News

A NEW BEGINNING

Inmates hold on to their diplomas as they attend their commencement program at the Manila City Jail, August 23, 2018. A total of 617 inmates graduated from the Alternative Learning Course in the jail, which included courses in elementary, high school as well as vocational courses. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

NO 'SINGLES BAN' HERE

A fully loaded tricycle crosses a single-lane bridge connecting Barangay Umiray and Barangay Ibona in Dingalan, Aurora on August 26, 2018. Dingalan is a 3rd income class municipality in Aurora located along the Pacific Coast and home to about 25,000 people. Photo by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

THE PHILIPPINES' 'GOLDEN GIRLS'

Golfers Lois Kaye Go (left), Bianca Pagdanganan, Yuka Saso (right), and weightifter Hidilyn Diaz (second right) show their respective gold medals upon their arrival from the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Augsut 28, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

THE CHIEF JUSTICE

Newly appointed Chief Justice Teresita de Castro is welcomed by Supreme Court employees upon her arrival at the SC compound on August 28, 2018 for her first day at work as head of the judiciary. De Castro, who retired in 2 months, became the shortest staying chief magistrate of the Philippines. Photo by ABS-CBN News

DIDAL BRINGS HOME 4TH PHILIPPINE GOLD

Gold medalist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines celebrates as silver medalist Japan's Kaya Isa (left) and bronze medalist Indonesia's Bunga Nyimas (right) look on during the awards ceremony for the women's street skateboard event on August 29, 2018 during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia. Photo by Mohd Rasfan, AFP

DUTERTE MEETS NETANYAHU

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. President Duterte also met President Reuven Rivlin and witnessed the signing of several partnership agreements with Israel. Photo by Ronen Zvulun, Reuters/Pool

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR CURRY FANS

Fans show their appreciation to National Basketball Association MVP Steph Curry during a promotional event at the Mall of Asia Arena on September 7, 2018. Curry was in Manila as part of his 3-stop Asian tour, which included Wuhan, China and Tokyo. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

RETRIEVING THE DEAD IN ITOGON LANDSLIDE

Rescuers retrieve one of the bodies buried under tons of mud in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Scores died in landslides triggered by typhoon Ompong. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

RECKONING FOR 'THE BUTCHER'

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr., nicknamed Berdugo (The Butcher) for his alleged human rights violations, is escorted by military police during the promulgation of the kidnapping case filed against him at the Malolos Regional Trial Court. On September 17, 2018, Palparan and two other co-accused were found guilty in the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in 2006. ABS-CBN News

DTI LAUNCHES ‘SUKING OUTLET’

Various basic goods sell at lower prices at the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Suking Outlet in Quezon City on September 18, 2018. The trade department implemented the Producer-2-Consumer Market Program in various cities in Metro Manila, to address the rising prices of goods due to inflation. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

WHAT'S LEFT AFTER OMPONG

A woman walks past debris in Barangay Pagbangkeruan, Alcala, Cagayan three days after typhoon Ompong's onslaught. At least 6,479 houses were damaged in Regions I, II, III and Cordillera Administrative Region and over one million people affected nationwide, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Photo by AC Dimatatac/ICSC/ Handout

AT LEAST 22 KILLED IN CEBU LANDSLIDE

Rescuers carry the remains of a casualty from the landslide in Barangay Tinaan in Naga City, Cebu. At least 22 people were reported killed and dozens went missing after a landslide covered 57 houses in Cebu. Charlie Saceda, ABS-CBN News

'ITIGIL ANG PAGYURAK'

University of the Philippines Diliman students hold a protest against the Marcos and Duterte administration in Quezon City on September 20, 2018, the eve of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Marcos' martial law in the country. The protest was in line with a bigger demonstration in Manila remembering the atrocities of President Ferdinand Marcos' martial law regime. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UNDER POLICE CUSTODY

Members of the Philippine National Police secure the area as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV comes out of the building after his booking procedure at the Makati Police Station on September 25, 2018. Trillanes proceeded to the Makati Regional Trial court to post bail for the rebellion case filed against him in 2007, which had already been dismissed following the grant of a general amnesty by the Aquino government in 2011. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

LINING UP FOR THE BIGGEST LOTTO JACKPOT

Lotto bettors line up at an outlet in Quezon City on September 28, 2018 in the hopes of winning the P765 million jackpot in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Ultra Lotto 6/58, the highest lottery prize in Philippine history. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

DEVOTION TO PADRE PIO

Devotees touch the glass case containing the heart relic of Saint Padre Pio during the public veneration at the Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

FREE PANDESAL ATTRACTS HUGE CROWD IN QC

A crowd of over a thousand adults and children line up outside the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City on October 16, 2018 to get free pandesal (bread). The owner decided to give away free pandesal on occasion of World Pandesal Day. The old Kamuning Bakery was gutted by fire on February 6, 2018. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN WELCOMES BACK REGINE VELASQUEZ

An emotional Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is welcomed by husband Ogie Alcasid amid a warm reception from her supporters at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center on October 17, 2018. ABS-CBN executives and Velasquez-Alcasid had their contract signing for a series of projects with the Kapamilya network. Photo by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

GAME ON IN BORACAY

Young boys play football as the sun sets on Boracay island on October 23, 2018. The government is hoping tourists will renew their love affair with the world-famous tourist destination, which reopened on October 26.Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A BOY AND A FLYING DOG

A boy plays with his pet dog along the shores of Basey in Samar on October 28, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

FIVE YEARS AFTER YOLANDA

Locals clear mud and undergrowth from grave stones under the heat of the afternoon sun at the mass grave of the Holy Cross Memorial Park in Tacloban, Leyte. Relatives visited the mass grave to pay tribute to those who perished during super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

LIFE AND DEATH IN BARANGKA

People flock to the Barangka Municipal Cemetery in Marikina in observance of All Saints’ Day on November 1, 2018. Millions of Filipinos took advantage of the long weekend to visit their departed loved ones in their respective hometowns. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

JENNIFER’S HOMECOMING

Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jennifer Dalquez turns emotional upon seeing her parents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, after returning on November 2, 2018 from Abu Dhabi where she was detained for 4 years for murder. She won her case on appeal. Dalquez then flew to General Santos City to join her children. Photo by Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News

PHILIPPINES PLACES 1st RUNNER UP IN 2018 MISS INTERNATIONAL

Miss International 2018 winner Mariem Claret Vlazco Garcia (center) from Venezuela poses with 4th runner-up Anabella Castro Sierra of Colombia (left), 2nd runner-up Reabetswe Sechoaro of South Africa (2nd left), 1st runner-up Maria Ahtisa Manalo of Philippines (2nd right), and 3rd runner-up Bianca Tirsin of Romania (R) during the Miss International Beauty Pageant final in Tokyo on November 9, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri, AFP

NDF CONSULTANT LADLAD UNDERGOES INQUEST

Peace talks consultant Vic Ladlad of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is escorted by heavily armed policemen for inquest proceedings at the Palma Hall of Justice in Quezon City. He was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, which his wife, Fides, says were planted. Photo by Romeo Mariano, ABS-CBN News

KELSEY MERRITT AT VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW

Filipino-American model Kelsey Merritt joins (left to right) Maia Cotton, Willow Hand, Iesha Hodges, Myrthe Bolt, and Melie Tiacoh as they walk the runway in the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show is one of the most anticipated fashion shows annually. Photo by Thomas Concordia, Getty Images for Swarovski/AFP

IMELDA MARCOS IN COURT

Former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos appears before the Sandiganbayan’s 5th division on Friday after the court convicted her for 7 counts of graft last November 9, 2018. Marcos filed a motion exploring post-conviction remedies, citing medical reasons, after the Sandiganbayan convicted her on 7 counts of graft which carry a minimum 6-year prison term for each count. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

ANG PROBINSYANO VISITS PNP

ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer Cory Vidanes (left) and actor Coco Martin (center) of the ABS-CBN television series, FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, meet with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, November 26, 2018. The dialogue was held to clarify matters after Albayalde raised concerns the show might be tarnishing the image of the police. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

CCP FACADE USES SHADOWS IN CHRISTMAS DECOR

The facade of the Cultural Center of the Philippines is decorated with images cast by shadow play during the annual lighting of Christmas display in Manila on November 27, 2018. For this year, the Samahan ng mga Magpaparol ng Pilipinas used shadow-playing as its theme. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

NEW CHIEF JUSTICE MEETS THE PRESS

Newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin answers questions during a press briefing on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Supreme Court. The 69-year-old chief magistrate replaced Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who took office last August and retired in October. ABS-CBN News

UP GOES TO THE FINALS

UP Maroon Juan Gomez de Liano leads the crowd in celebrating after beating the Adamson Falcons, 89-87, on November 28, 2018 to advance to the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals for the first time in 32 years. The Maroons lost to the defending champions, Ateneo Blue Eagles, in the finals. Photo Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

RECLUSION PERPETUA FOR CALOOCAN COPS IN KIAN’S DEATH

Police officers, the first to be convicted in President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war, are escorted outside a court after being sentenced for the murder of 17-year-old high school student, Kian delos Santos, in Manila on Thursday. Caloocan cops Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz, were found guilty and sentenced to reclusion perpetua for killing Delos Santos in an anti-illegal drug operation in August 2017. Photo by Maria Tan, Reuters

BONIFACIO DAY PROTEST TURNS ON DUTERTE

An effigy of President Duterte meets a fiery end as protesters marching toward the US Embassy on Friday in Manila set fire to it on T. M. Kalaw Avenue where they were stopped by police. The march commemorated the 155th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, leader of the Katipunan during the revolution against Spain. Photo by Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

BALANGIGA IS WAITING FOR THE BELLS' RETURN

Locals walk around the town plaza in front of the St. Lawrence Parish Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, eagerly anticipating and preparing for the return of the 3 Balangiga bells in December, more than a century after these were taken by American soldiers as war booty after the Balangiga massacre in 1901. Photo by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

BONG REVILLA ACQUITTED IN PLUNDER CASE

Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. hugs a member of his panel after the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018 cleared him of plunder in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam case. Public prosecutors had accused the actor-politician of embezzling P224 million from his discretionary funds while he was still senator. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MILF LEADERS RELEASE DOVES FOR BANGSAMORO ORGANIC LAW CAMPAIGN

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal (in blue) strikes the gong while MILF Chairman Alhaj Murad (in green, center) and other Bangsamoro leaders release doves during the formal launch of the campaign for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in Cotabato City on December 10, 2018. The plebiscite on January 21 and on February 6, 2019 seeks to ratify the BOL, which will give greater autonomy to Muslim provinces. Photo by Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNDER DUTERTE GOV'T ASSAILED

Activists burn a tableau depicting different faces of President Duterte during a protest commemorating Human Rights Day in Mendiola, Manila on December 10, 2018. Human rights groups assailed what they claimed was the continuing violation of basic rights under the Duterte administration, including alleged extra-judicial killings attributed to state forces. Photo by Larry M. Piojo, ABS-CBN News

A WARM WELCOME FOR THE BALANGIGA BELLS

Nemesio Duran, great grandson of Vicente Candelosas, who tolled the bells during the Balangiga massacre, kisses one of the Balangiga Bells during the turnover ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Manila on December 11, 2018. Balangiga residents anticipated the return of the bells on December 15, 117 years after US soldiers took them as war booty in 1901. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

AQUAMAN IN MANILA

The cast of Aquaman, actors Jason Momoa (from left), Amber Heard, and Director James Wan, greet fans during the movie's meet and greet at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City on December 11, 2018 (left to right). Aquaman opened in cinemas nationwide on December 12. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

CHRISTMAS RUSH ON A PAYDAY WEEKEND

Commuters rush to cross the intersection of Shaw Boulevard and EDSA in Mandaluyong City, as traffic builds up along EDSA on December 14, 2018. Several factors came into play making it a frenzied Friday throughout the metropolis--a payday weekend, the holiday shopping rush, and Christmas parties. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

THE BELLS ARE HOME

Catholic devotees wait for their turn to touch one of the Balangiga bells after the turnover ceremony and Holy Mass at the St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar on December 15, 2018. Photo by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

CATRIONA GRAY IS MISS UNIVERSE 2018

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. She became the fourth Filipina to wear the crown after Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran and Pia Wurtzbach. Photo by Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

FANS REJOICE AS CATRIONA GRAY IS CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE

Fans rejoice at a viewing party in a Quezon City restaurant as Catriona Gray is declared Miss Universe 2018 at the beauty pageant in Bangkok, Thailand on December 17, 2018. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MARINES SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER IN TAWI-TAWI

Members of the Philippine Marines in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi sing Christmas carols and distribute gift packs to members of the community on December 23, 2018. The soldiers conducted the activity as a way of reaching out even to a largely Muslim community. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

USMAN’s IMPACT

This handout photo taken and released by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on December 31, 2018 shows a woman standing in front of her damage house in Lope De Vega Town in Northern Samar.

The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said on December 31.Photo by Francis Tanala, DPWH/AFP