Photo wRap: #PabloPH, Pacquiao, and the Pope

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The devastation of typhoon Pablo, Pacquiao's defeat, and a tweeting Pope in this week's Photo wRap

MANILA, Philippines – The past two weeks has been full of big news stories – from typhoon Pablo (Bopha) to the defeat of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and the Philippine Azkals, to the controversial RH bill, and the sad school shootings in the US.

Here are some popular photos from the past days.


Arguably, the biggest story of the past weeks is typhoon Pablo. No words can describe the devastation the typhoon brought to the country, particularly in Mindanao.

Here are some of the photos that sum up the devastation the latest typhoon brought in December.

In this slideshow are the first photos from the disaster zone, by Karlos Manlupig.“>” allowFullScreen=”true” flashvars=”offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Frappler%2Fsets%2F72157632175805716%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Frappler%2Fsets%2F72157632175805716%2F&set_id=72157632175805716&jump_to=” width=”100%” height=”300″>

WASHED OUT. An aerial view of Boston, Davao Oriental. Photo by Assistant Secretary Ray Marfil

DESPERATE FOR AID. Victims of devastating Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) jostle for position as they beg for relief food being distributed by members of a private company in New Bataan in Compostela Valley province on December 9, 2012, five days after the storm hit the southern Philippines. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

Sports heartbreaks

In the sporting world, the country faced two major heartbreaks: Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, and the Philippine Azkals’ defeat against Singapore.

On December 8, Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao suffered one of the biggest losses of his life after he was knocked out by arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez in 6 rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to punctuate what has been an epic rivalry between the two.

A few days after the stunning loss in boxing, the country again experienced heartbreak when the Philippine Azkals were defeated by the Singapore Lions 1-0 in the Suzuki Cup, dashing hopes of another historic run in the international tourney for the Filipino footballers.

Hip Church 

The week also saw several photos showing some of the most influential men in religion doing things you would not normally think they would do.

He’s one of the most powerful men in the Roman Catholic Church in the country – but he can still ride one of the most basic modes of transportation around.

A photo of Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made the rounds on social media in the past week. In it, Tagle is shown riding a pedicab on his way to an event.

Many commented on how this photo sums up the new Cardinal’s down-to-Earth attitude – a factor that has endeared him to many.

Another photo showing a Catholic church leader: Pope Benedict XVI sending his first-ever tweet.


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