Manila’s Monsoon Rains: Daily Lives In Photos

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Just a couple of customers in a local burger joint

 

In a country that encounters around 20 tropical cyclones in a year–the Philippines is no stranger to heavy rainfall. In fact, an article published by Sophie Brown for Time Magazine (November 2013), they tagged the Philippines as “the most storm-exposed country on Earth”. This is especially true during the months of July and August.

 

What makes for a gloomy weather is also a perfect excuse to head out for a change of scenery to the usual blue clouds and overexposed shots during the summer. While we have to acknowledge how the heavy rainfall affects most of Filipinos living below the poverty line, it’s also the best time to see how everyone goes about their daily lives.

 

With almost everyone staying indoors, the once crowded streets during the weekends are now left with a handful of people clutching their umbrellas. Wearing boots and shopping bag in tow, some head to the wet market to get a bag of fresh produce. Local street food vendors have to contend with fewer customers–but still continuing through the night. One scene I won’t forget though is an old man lugging around his old bag and umbrella. Noticing how he’s having a hard time, a young man extended his hand to help him cross the street–something I don’t usually see every day. Standing across the street with a camera helps you appreciate little things that people do. One that you’d normally brush off if you’re in a hurry. If there’s anything that the rain does–it’s making time seem to run slower.

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Still manning the traffic—and hopefully they get the hazzard pay they deserve for doing this.

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Just one of the many sidecar drivers who are busy during this time of the year

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Still continuing on despite the rain

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Feeling cold and taking a rest in front of a store

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Wet market

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

A balut vendor waiting for customers on the side of the road

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Rains and strong winds

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

A barbecue vendor still grilling away

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Rolling it up

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Preparing his delivery

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Waiting for green

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

To one of the guys who makes a killing in this weather.

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Sidecar driver

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

While waiting for more passengers

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

As they wait

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

A fruit vendor taking a break

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

More fitting for the cold weather–Pares

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Waiting for passengers

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Just talking while waiting for the rain to stop

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Boots on

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Heading out when the rain stopped briefly

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Jeepney barker

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Waiting for a vacant jeepney

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

While waiting to cross

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Wet streets

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Still selling that sweet corn

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Manning the traffic

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

 

Manila's Monsoon Rains: In Photos

Just fixing his last few scoops

 

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