IN PHOTOS: 2021 through the lenses of the Manila Bulletin’s photojournalists

Published January 5, 2022, 10:35 PM

by John Legaspi

Here’s a rundown of the images that made the news


2021 New Year’s countdown fireworks display with the Jones Bridge in Manila. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

Michel Ocon looks at her ‘New Year’ baby Jahir Hairal who was born at exactly at 12 midnight on Jan.1, 2021, at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Jahir is Michel’s third child with her live-in partner Romero Hairal, a banana vendor in Pasay City. (Photo by Manny Llanes)


Couples and groups of friends gather in front of the ‘Love’ installation at Mehan Garden Park in Manila days before Valentine’s. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

A couple spends Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021, on the rooftop of SM Molino in Cavite City where a small space was decked with colorful umbrellas for guests to enjoy. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard patrol waters around Taal Volcano in Batangas province on Feb. 19, 2021, prohibiting fishermen to go near the island. At the time the photo was taken, Taal was on Alert Level 1 status. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)


Las Piñas City Hall staff light up candles displayed in 60+ pattern in honor Earth Hour, an annual event that promotes energy consumption and environmental awareness by encouraging people around the world to turn off the lights in their homes and offices. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)
A bicycle rider carries palm fronds in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Quezon City on March 28, 2021. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

San Juan City Hall staff prepare food packs to be distributed to residents of the city during the imposition of stricter lockdown measures in areas under the so-called National Capital Region-Plus or NCR+ bubble. (Photo by Mark Balmores)


Medical frontliners, people aged 18 to 59 years old, people with comorbidities, and senior citizens receive their first vaccine dose of Sinovac at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Manila on April 8, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

A Muslim performs a Dhuhr or a midday prayer inside the Golden Mosque in Globo de Oro, Quiapo, Manila. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

A lady expresses her happiness after getting vegetables from the Maginhawa community pantry at Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. (Photo by Noel Pabalate)


A gardener in a sea of sunflowers in bloom at the Palazzo Verde in Daang Reyna, Las Piñas City on May 19, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

A group of women take a selfie after morning prayers at the Blue Mosque in Taguig City in celebration of Eid’l Fitr or the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan on May 13, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

The Medical City together with its Red Coat Ambassadors and staff celebrate Health Care Workers Day on May 7, 2021, in Pasig City. (Photo by Kevin Tristan Espiritu)


Personnel from the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine rehearse a flag-raising ceremony in front of the historic house in Kawit, Cavite where the Philippine flag was first raised. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)


Tourists flock to Burnham Park in Baguio City in June to enjoy its natural surroundings and outdoor activities like biking and boating. (Photo by Zaldy Comanda)

Honor guards stand watch over the urn containing the ashes of former President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III during his wake at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Manny Llanes)


Hannah Arnold receives the Binibining Pilipinas International title at the coronation night for Binibining Pilipinas 2021, held at the Araneta Colosseum in Quezon City on July 11, 2021. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

Candidates for Miss World Philippines 2021 pose for a photo during a press presentation at Okada Manila on July 15, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

A kid turns back to smile as Muslims pray at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila on in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, which President Rodrigo Duterte declared as a regular nationwide holiday on July 20, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 26, 2021. Also in the photo are Senate President Tito Sotto and House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. (Photo by Mark Balmores)


The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), which will connect Cebu City and the town of Cordova in Mactan, is seen almost complete. (Photo by Juan Carlo de Vela)

Olympic boxing silver medalists Carlo Paalam (second from left) and Nesthy Petecio (second from right), and bronze medalist Eumir Marcial (right) proudly show the medals they won at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Aug. 9, 2021. At left is woman flyweight boxer Irish Magno. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)


A kid looks on as vehicles try to navigate a portion of Kalaw St. in Ermita, Manila flooded due rainfall brought by Typhoon ‘Jolina’ on Sept. 8, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

One of the two brand new trains from South Korea is laid on the tracks of the newly constructed Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Sept. 11, 2021. (Photo by Mark Balmores)

Grade 3 teacher Rowena Peñaloza tests her gadgets as part of preparations for her online class with her students from the Melencio M. Castelo Elementary School in Payatas, Quezon City on Sept.12, 2021. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

Olympic Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz takes a photo of a blown-up version of the Philippine Postal Corporation’s (Philpost) “Filipino Pride,” featuring commemorative stamps that depict the winning moments of Diaz and her fellow Team Pilipinas Olympic medalists Nesthy A. Petecio, Olympic Silver Medalist, Eumir D.S. Marcial, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Olympic Silver Medalist Carlo C. Paalam, on Sept.18, 2021. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) seize 181 kilos of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P1.2 billion during a joint sting operation at a house in Molino 3, Bacoor, Cavite. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)


Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso file his certificate of candidacy (COC) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City on Oct. 4, 2021. Mayor Isko is among those running for presidency in the 2022 elections, alongside his running mate Dr. Willie Ong. (Manila Bulletin)

Sen. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go files his certificate of candidacy (COC) for Vice President accompanied by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the second day of filing at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City on Oct. 2, 2021. (Manila Bulletin)

Vice President Leni Robredo files her certificate of candidacy (COC) for President at the Philippine Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City on Oct. 7, 2021. (Manila Bulletin)

Former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. files his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president at the Philippine Sofitel Plaza in Pasay City on Oct. 6, 2021. (Manila Bulletin)

Sen. Manny Pacquiao files his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Philippine Sofitel Plaza in Pasay City on Oct. 1, 2021. (Manila Bulletin) 

Parents and their kids dress up in costumes as part of a Halloween trick-or-treat event in Paco, Manila on Oct. 31, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has put in place stricter health protocols for observance by visitors to the Manila Bay’s Dolomite beach. (Photo by Noel Pabalate)


In commemoration of the eighth year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, clean energy advocates and church groups led by Power for People Coalition (P4P) light candles in front of a floral arrangement spelling out 6,000+, the number of lives lost from the disaster, at the altar of Our Lady of Remedies Parish in Malate, Manila on Nov. 8, 2021. (Photo by Noel B. Pabalate)

People flock to the Christmas lighting installation at the Azuela Cove in Davao City. (Photo by Keith Bacongco)


Hundreds flock outside the Bamboo Organ Church in Las Pinas City on the first night of Simbang Gabi on Dec. 16, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

Manila Ocean Park’s AquaSanta was happy to welcome back guests during a meet-and-greet on Dec.16, 2021. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

Passengers bound to Bacolod, Cagayan, and Iloilo wait at the gate of the North Port Terminal in Zaragosa North Harbor in Manila on Dec. 31, 2021. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

Residents of Sitio Macasin, Barangay Pajo, Lapu Lapu City welcome 2022 in their makeshift tents after their houses were destroyed along the Mactan Channel by Typhoon Odette. (Photo by Juan Carlo de Vela)