Coffins and skulls encourage people to stay home in The Philippines | AFP

Authorities in The Philippines display empty coffins at checkpoints in Santo Tomas, north of Manila, with the message “Stay at Home or Stay inside” (the coffin). The macabre imagery is intended to remind people to self-isolate and stay indoors during the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

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Philippines: Perfect virus storm in Manila’s slums | AFP

People living in massive Manila’s slums are terrified of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, but the best weapons to protect themselves — isolation and sanitation — are unreachable luxuries in the shantytowns they call home.

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Today in History for March 11th

Highlights of Today in History: Bomb attack on Madrid’s commuter trains; Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic found dead; Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of Soviet Union; General Douglas MacArthur leaves Philippines in WWII. (March 11)

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Philippines ‘orphan choir’ breaking drug war cycle | AFP

The dozen children stared shyly at the audience but grew bolder when they began to sing, pouring their grief into music for the fathers they lost to the Philippines’ drug war.

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Philippines observes ‘no-contact’ Ash Wednesday to beat virus | AFP

Filipinos bow their heads to be sprinkled instead of having a cross drawn on their foreheads to mark Ash Wednesday, as Asia’s bastion of Catholicism guarded against the spread of coronavirus.

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Today in History for February 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

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Images of Manila hospital after Philippines reports first virus death outside China | AFP

The Philippines has reported the first death outside China from the coronavirus that has killed over 300 and spread to other countries. The 44-year-old Chinese man from the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected, died in a Manila hospital. IMAGES

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The ‘House of Kobe’: Basketball-mad Philippines mourns NBA legend | AFP

A city in the Philippines on Sunday inaugurated a new community centre and court named in honour of Kobe Bryant – just hours before news broke of the NBA legend’s death. Locals in the basketball-mad country had hoped that Bryant would one day set foot in what they called the “House of Kobe”.

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Homes destroyed after Philippines volcano eruption | AFP

Families living in areas affected by the Taal volcano eruption return home to find their houses destroyed by the thick ash and mud ejected by the rumbling volcano.

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Taal volcano in the Philippines | AFP Animé

Videographic on Taal volcano. The volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Taal volcano covers houses and streets in ash | AFP

Taal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption. The volcano has already left much of the surrounding area covered in ghostly layers of ash and mud.

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Philippines volcano blankets towns in ash | AFP

Taal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities have warned, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption. Already the volcano has left large areas blanketed in mud and ash.

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