Fighting Harder in the Worst of Time

Fighting Harder in the Worst of Time

Atop a hill overlooking the grey wasteland wreaked by Taal Volcano, I felt that the depressing lay of human catastrophe all around me may be an omen. It was early January, but there I was, struggling to breath in a foreboding N95 mask and setting up a live disaster...
The Baesa Crematorium

The Baesa Crematorium

Workers wearing protective suits pull a body bag near a furnace before cremation at the Baesa Crematorium in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. May 5, 2020. Basilio Sepe/BenarNews COVID-19: Deaths, meltdowns, valor Ever since the coronavirus spread to the...
‘I wish we could live life as before’

‘I wish we could live life as before’

Stranded individuals along a street in the capital Manila eat a packed food prepared by missionaries and private organizations. Veejay Villafranca/Der Spiegel COVID-19: Deaths, meltdowns, valor Ever since the coronavirus spread to the Philippines early last year,...
The Stranded Migrant Workers

The Stranded Migrant Workers

Overseas Filipino workers await for flight updates while cooped up in a school in Pasay City that serves as temporary shelter for stranded migrant workers. Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg COVID-19: Deaths, meltdowns, valor Ever since the coronavirus spread to the...
White Sand, Murky Outlook

White Sand, Murky Outlook

Boracay Island in October. Cristina Menina/The Straits Times COVID-19: Deaths, meltdowns, valor Ever since the coronavirus spread to the Philippines early last year, sparking prolonged and painful lockdowns, FOCAP journalists have scoured the treacherous front lines...
Empty Chapels, but Filled with Hopes

Empty Chapels, but Filled with Hopes

Filipino Catholic devotees emerge from quarantine to receive blessings from a priest on Palm Sunday on April 5, 2020 in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Jes Aznar/New York Times COVID-19: Deaths, meltdowns, valor Ever since the coronavirus spread to the Philippines early...