Janet (right), a live-out nanny, celebrates her birthday at her home in Gudaibiya, Kingdom of Bahrain in June 2020. 

Janet had a long day at work that day but her housemates were able to prepare a little something to organize a small celebration. She arrived home at around 11pm. It wasn’t a surprise party and she already expected that there will be a small gathering of friends who also have become her family in Bahrain. In the photo, she is greeted by someone through video call while at the dinner table with her friends. I was lucky to freeze her expression through my camera. She was full of energy and very happy that night despite everyone being so tired from work and stayed late to celebrate her special day.

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A man checking his mobile phone as he waits for the swab test at a mall in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain in May 2020.

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Muslim women at a wedding celebration in the Kingdom of Bahrain in June 2019.

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Overlooking Manama and its nearby districts in the Kingdom of Bahrain in September 2020. There are approximately 55,000 Filipinos working and living in this small island country in the Persian Gulf.

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Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), mostly Filipinas working in the Middle East as nannies, housemaids, and shopkeepers, at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in October 2020. They leave their own families to take care of other people in order to provide a better life for their children back home. There are 2.2 million overseas Filipinos workers around the world according to the 2019 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) survey— 56% are female and 44% are male.

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Two women and a cat in Rodriguez, Rizal in November 2020. Rodriguez is one of the rural town areas in Metro Manila that was hit by terrible flooding during Typhoon Vamco.

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A priest blesses the people after the night mass celebration at a chapel in Quezon City in December 2020. 


Many Catholics believe that if they completed the nine-day Simbang Gabi (night mass) leading to Christmas day, their wishes will come true. However, the Church reminds the people that the masses are not designed to grant wishes but as thanksgiving and commemoration for the birth of Jesus.

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Twins dancing on Christmas eve at home in Quezon City in December 2020. 


Quezon City ordinance declared that citizens under 18 years old and above 65 are not allowed to attend mass or go to malls and public places to avoid the spike of Covid-19 during the Christmas holidays. 


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A woman sitting alone inside the empty bus with plastic barriers hanging in between the seats as protection of passengers against the coronavirus. Commuters must observe a one meter physical distancing, and wearing of face masks and shields are required as part of the safety guidelines rolled out by the Department of Transportation to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. 


Quezon City, Philippines, December 2020

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