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    "Earth is breathing" Resident shows Manila's skyline is clearing up, silver lining of quarantine

    MANILA, Philippines – Photos of Metro Manila’s skyline days after the declaration of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon went viral on social media. Netizens observe the silver lining of the lockdown: Earth is breathing!

    Resident shows Manila's skyline is clearing up, silver lining of quarantine
    Resident shows Manila's skyline is clearing up, silver lining of quarantine
    Skies have cleared up across Metro Manila's skyline | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Donald Manlapaz

    According to netizen Donald Manlapaz of Quezon City, he has noticed how the Earth seems to be "healing" following the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scare. As the streets go empty, establishments shut down and people stay inside their houses, he observed that the skies have started to clear up.

    On Facebook, Manlapaz shared photos of Metro Manila's skyline for four consecutive days and how it has significantly cleared up. The usual smog we see at the city has lifted up to show clear blue skies. He said it shows how the Earth is slowly healing from the deterioration brought about by pollution and overcrowded cities.

    He wrote, "Earth is breathing. My view every morning. Parang Manila during the 80s and 90s ung streets."

    Manlapaz said he appreciates this view as it reminded him of the good old days when there were fewer people and cars on the streets.

    His post has quickly gone viral as netizens agreed with his observations. Many commented how the carbon emissions have significantly dropped as lesser vehicles and people roam the streets. Many also noticed how the usual chaotic life now offers a fresh breath of air as it becomes quiet and empty.

    A netizen said, "This is so nice to see that our Earth is healing."

    Another said, "Walang mga sasakyan kaya malinis hangin."

    Another netizen suggested that when the coronavirus scare is over, the government should pursue Earth Hour. He wrote, "Parang Earth hour, dapat may lockdown na lang din siguro every week of the month or every month?"

    The post has gone viral with over 5,600 shares just hours since its posting.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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