Fragment of historic Berlin Wall unveiled in Manila

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, German Ambassador to the Philippines Anke Reiffenstuel, Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, and National Museum director Jeremy Barns unveil on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, a fragment replica of the historic Berlin Wall at the Bonifacio Shrine near the City Hall. The wall served as a border that divided East and West Germany. It was erected by the East German government in 1961 to halt the exodus of people, particularly skilled workers, from communist East Berlin. The West condemned the Berlin Wall and exploited it as anti-communist propaganda. The wall crumbled on November 9, 1989 during a mass protest. Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA

Hoping, wishing for brisk lantern sales for Christmas amid pandemic

Hoping and wishing for brisk lantern sales for Christmas may have all that this lighted lantern maker has in mind amid the pandemic as he applies finishing wiring touches to his yuletide products for sale along Granada Street in Brgy. Valencia, Quezon City.

Most areas in the country are still under general community quarantine including Metro Manila but people still look up to, and longs for Christmas greetings and warm family reunions in December.

Covid-19 has badly impacted the economy even as thousands if not millions lose their jobs but yes, hope springs eternal and blessings abound.

Art Son / BENJAMIN CUARESMA

87 days to go but Christmas is already in the air

Covid or no Covid, Christmas joy will never be extinguished in fact, its unmistakable spirit is already evident in the airwaves and elsewhere vendors are already cashing in on them with 87 days more to go like this stall near the NLEX exit in Lantern Capital city of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Christmas parties may not be in vogue this time around amid the Covid-19 pandemic but surely hope and Christmas joy will always be in everybody’s heart.

Mores Heramis / BENJAMIN CUARESMA

Big dreams in a tub full of sand

According to the late Time magazine editor Henry Grunwald, a beach is not only a sweep of sand but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweeds, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean to the shore.

In this photo, taken near the controversial Manila Bay rehabilitation site, a young child molds her dreams in a tub full of sand even as it also appears to say that “there is no alternative to spending a lazy day at the beach, and there is nothing more relaxing than the warm grains of sand touching our hearts.” BENJAMIN CUARESMA

Miss U Cat Gray donates bikes to ‘Give a Bike, Save a Job’

2018 Filipina Miss Universe Catriona Gray (in white t-shirt) has recently donated several units of bicycles to Gretchen Ho’s “Give a Bike, Save a Job” project. The project is an initiative of Women in Action, an online platform created by former volleyball player and television presenter Gretchen Ho, that promotes deserving individuals save their jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic by getting to the office on time with a bike instead of wasting hours walking and waiting for a ride that may never come.

Shown here are masked and shielded, the prevailing healthy fashion
and appropriately distanced, Cat Gray and Gretchen Ho in an undisclosed location
with a number of bikes to be given away to deserving individuals.

Meanwhile, Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, born on 6 January 1994, is a Filipino-Australian model, singer, and beauty pageant title-holder who was crowned Miss Universe in 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the Miss Universe title, joining the ranks of Ms Gloria Diaz (1969), Margarita Moran (1973) and Pia Wurtzbach (2015). She was also the country’s representative for Miss World in 2016. (Mores Heramis / Benjamin Cuaresma) (IA/DS)

Featured Photo: Fist-bumping to help save jobs. Women in action, both are, Catriona Gray and Gretchen Ho doing their part in strengthening communities as the pandemic extends indefinitely.