Checkpoints are set up to implement community quarantine. At the boundary of San Juan and Mandaluyong, March 24, 2020.

Police checkpoint approaching St. Luke's hospital in Quezon City. March 22, 2020.

Under community quarantine,11th Jamboree street in Quezon city. March 24,2020.

Yellow ribbons are “Welcome Home” symbols. They have become “No trespassing” warnings.Kamuning, Quezon city, March 26, 2020.

Churches have closed their doors. But the faithful hold on to their faith in this time of crisis. Sacred Heart church, Kamuning, Quezon city. March 15, 2020.

Locked out of of their place of refuge. Sacred Heart Parish in Kamuning, Quezon City. March 15, 2020.

The order is “Stay home.” Where is home for the homeless?.Across the Christ the King church on E. Rodriguez st.March 28, 2020.

An air of anxiety is thick in the air of empty streets. Barangay Sacred Heart in Kamuning, QC, March 29, 2020.

Villalobos st in Quiapo without the vendors and buyers. March 18,2020.

Almost empty street of Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila. March 22, 2020.

The nightmare of having a wish come true.EDSA without the traffic jam, March 29, 200.

At the Quezon City Rotonda, a bus awaits frontliners as they race to save lives even at the risk of losing their own. March, 22, 2020.

Metro Manila in the time of COVID-19

Beneath the silence of the streets devoid of people and moving vehicles, the feeling of anxiety, fear and sadness is deeply palpable.

Photojournalist Luis Liwanag shares scenes in quarantined Metro Manila.


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