Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez has worn a hazmat suit more than a vestment this past month.
His parish in the populous Caloocan area of the Philippine capital Manila has been eerily quiet in the six weeks since the government put half of the country's population on a strict lockdown to try to curb coronavirus infections.
Many ask for food and face masks. But there are communities who ask only for spiritual blessings — for the dead, for their ashes, for the sick, or even the streets.
To Vasquez, the coronavirus pandemic is more than a fight against a disease.
"It's a spiritual battle," he said.
"And we need to hold on to our faith to survive this."
PHOTO EDITING MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; TEXT EDITING Martin Pettyand Christian Schmollinger; LAYOUT JULIA DALRYMPLE