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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: December 31, 2019

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2020 12:45 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos

Traslacion novena

Thousands of devotees participate in the annual Thanksgiving Procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila early morning Tuesday. The procession every December 31 begins the Novena that leads to the annual Traslacion. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Wildfires ravage Australia

The sky glows red as bushfires continue to rage in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia on Tuesday in this photo obtained from social media. Thousands of people are trapped on a beach in the southeast region of the country after fleeing their homes, as strong winds brought wildfires and smoke so thick that the morning sky turned dark. Jonty Smith from Melbourne via Reuters

Times Square Ball drop preps

Workers inflate balloons, that will be distributed to the crowds during New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in Manhattan, New York on Monday. The New Year’s Eve Ball drop in Times Square is one of the most popular celebrations in the world where crowd estimates reach around a million people. Jeenah Moon, Reuters

Into the sunset

A security guard checks a list during the last day of Harrison Plaza’s commercial operations on Tuesday. The iconic mall built in 1976 is set to be transformed into a mixed-use development complex. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

In case it gets bloody

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday makes a surprise visit to the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in Santa Cruz district, Manila to inspect the tools to be used to operate on firecracker victims celebrating the new year. ABS-CBN News

Early start

Children play with sparklers at Divisoria market in Manila on Tuesday. Authorities have banned the use of dangerous firecrackers, prompting new year revelers to buy safer alternatives, such as party horns and harmless firecrackers. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News