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These Photos Show a Rare Sight of the Sierra Madre, Thanks to Clean Air

These photos offer a much needed respite from all the news lately.
IMAGE Johair Siscar Addang | Taken with Samsung S20 Ultra
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While Metro Manila is at a standstill because of the 30-day community quarantine, nature seems to be healing itself from air pollution. In these photos taken by Johair Siscar Addang, we are treated to a rare sight: a smog-free horizon featuring Metro Manila’s skyline with the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in the background.

The peaceful and serene photos are a much-needed respite from the prolonged period of uncertainty we are facing. According to Addang, he took the photos from the roof deck of a condo in Pasig at 5:19 p.m. on March 23 just before sunset.

Photo by Johair Siscar Addang | Shot using Samsung S20 Ultra.
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Photo by Johair Siscar Addang | Shot using Samsung S20 Ultra.
Photo by Johair Siscar Addang | Shot using Samsung S20 Ultra.
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As seen in the photos, the atmosphere has cleared itself of smog, just a week after the implementation of community quarantine in Metro Manila. The clear air allowed the photographer to get a shot of the mountain range, which is situated miles away from his vantage point. You can even see the suburbs at the base of the mountain. 

Prior to the implementation of lockdown, it was impossible to see through the heavy smog that enveloped the valley in the afternoon. Seen in the photos are parts of Taytay, Antipolo, and Cainta, which share borders with Pasig. 

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