MANILA, Philippines – We’ve got some of this week’s memorable images, from the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, in this edition of the Rappler Photo wRap.
The week started with the Golden Globe Awards, the opening salvo of this year’s awards season in Hollywood. Movie and TV stars flocked to the Beverly Hills Hilton Sunday, January 13 (Monday, January 14 in Manila) to get buzzed from champagne, and to create buzz.
There were a lot of red carpet and ballroom moments, broadcast live around the world, that were snapped by the press and the celebrities themselves. But one photo stood out: The two winners of the Best Actress awards – Anne Hathaway for Movie Musical/Comedy and Claire Danes for TV Drama – having a chat backstage, clutching their trophies. What could they be talking about?
The next photo takes us to New York City’s subways, where hundreds of people participated in the annual “No Pants Day,” a global “movement” that sees people walk in public without their trousers.
What started out as a prank in New York City back in 2002 is now a fun(ny) annual event in more than 60 cities around the world. The goal is to get commuters dress in their normal daily get-up minus the pants, and keep a straight face as they ride public transportation. Here’s a photo that sums up how one should participate: shamelessly.
Now we go to India, where millions of Hindu pilgrims converge for the Kumbh Mela festival, the world’s largest festival. The festival started Monday, with almost 100 million faithful flocking to the town of Allahabad to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges River.
This grand festival happens only every 12 years, and, as the Agence France-Presse puts it, a “colorful spectacle that offers a rare glimpse of the dizzying variety of Indian spiritualism.” This photo captures pilgrims making an early morning dip into what they consider sacred waters.
In the next photo, we go to the Philippines, where a US minesweeper ran aground the famed Tubbataha Reef. This photo provided by the Philippine government shows the predicament of the USS Guardian, currently still marooned on one of the protected area’s major atolls.
With the election season heating up in the Philippines, it’s no wonder many politicians are making the rounds. But this photo is rare these days: two bitter rivals side by side at an event. Incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and his rival, former president Joseph Estrada, are seen in this photo taken during a fun run sponsored by La Consolacion College on Sunday, January 20. For a brief moment, the two men running for the capital city’s top post are seen in a jovial mood, something we Filipino voters don’t usually see.
From something that’s sort of a fresh breeze in Philippine politics, let’s move to something that’s literally choking millions: the smog surrounding the Beijing metropolitan area in China. For days now, residents of the metropolis and its surrounding areas are being forced to stay in their homes due to a deadly smog hanging in the air.
This photo captures the plight of Beijing’s smog-weary residents, as they try to get through the day.
And that’s this week’s Photo wRap. Did we miss any great photo from last week? Let us know by posting a comment below. – Rappler.com