2017: The Year in Photos

A visual glimpse at some of the personalities and events that shaped the nation in the past year.

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Photographs have found a newfound potency in the time of social media news feeds. They become our first contact in the stories that shape our collective consciousness — on a daily basis.

These images — dispatches from conflict areas, moments of triumphs, and small glimpses into the resilience of the human spirit — are concrete testament to our tumultuous journey as a nation. Here, a brief look into what happened in the last 12 months.


The year began with a glittering celebration of women in Miss Universe, hosted by the Philippines. Pia Wurtzbach passed her crown to Miss France Iris Mittenaere. Photo by JL JAVIER


The brotherhood Hijos del Nazareno facilitates the mounting of the image on the float and the wiping of towels. Despite security threats to the parade due to government troops’ successful kill of the leader of an ISIS-inspired terror group, around 1.1 million people have built up around the grandstand since 11 a.m., earlier in January. Photo by JL JAVIER


Joy Cabeñan, at 18 years old, is a mother of two children and sister to 21 siblings. By 2018, Filipino women may not be able to avail of contraceptives for themselves. Photo by JL JAVIER


"Bantayog" is a performance about our country's politics and history. Through it, the students of the theater group Dulaang Sipat Lawin, from the Philippine High School for the Arts, are taking classic martial law plays as inspiration, and making new works of their own. Photo by JL JAVIER


Ana Maria Rafael-Banaag, who grew up in the Mountain Province, is now Malacañang's Communications Assistant Secretary. She is one of the many women who, across the government, shows how they have risen to power. Photo by JL JAVIER


"Whatever the balance is, the end must be the common good,” says former DENR secretary Gina Lopez in an interview with CNN Philippines Life in May, after her post was rejected by the Commission on Appointments. “If balance means you balance it out with business interests and you sacrifice the common good, that’s not balancing. That’s a cop out." Photo by JL JAVIER


In June 10, Filipino artist Mauro “Malang” Santos died after a lingering illness. Two floors above West Gallery, run by Malang’s son Soler and his wife and fellow artist Mona, they built the “Malang Room,” which stands as a tangible testament to the great artist’s body of work. Photo by JL JAVIER


Members of Regina Iustitiae Sorority. Fraternities and sororities were put on the spotlight this year after the death Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III, a UST law freshman, allegedly from hazing injuries by the Aegis Juris Fraternity members. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF


Women weavers in Kiangan, Ifugao as their hands work threads through looms. Cultural appropriation and giving proper credit to Filipino indigenous weavers were subjects of debates on social media this year. Photo by ANNA BUENO


Unparalleled in making a business out of fashion, stylist Liz Uy has joined the fold of The Society New York, an agency that also manages Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima. She’s since been considered an international style star. Photo by BJ PASCUAL


While the underwater mission of putting a Philippine flag in the Philippine Rise was being carried out in June this year, a flag raising ceremony was observed to celebrate Independence Day aboard the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Davao del Sur. Photo by TAKESHI SHINOHARA


After President Rodrigo Duterte’s SONA, guests grab the opportunity to take a photo with the president. Photo by JL JAVIER


Rapper Abra starred in the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Best Picture winner “Respeto,” which tackles the memory of martial law and the current administration’s war on drugs. Photo by JL JAVIER


Made of 1,500 tons of prefabricated steel shipped from Belgium, the San Sebastian Basilica is a spiritual and cultural treasure — one that is in danger of crumbling due to corrosion. Steps in the restoration of the church are already underway. Photo by JL JAVIER


Actresses Max Collins, Angeli Bayani, and Iza Calzado talked about what it’s like to be an actress in Philippine cinema today. Collins is the star of Mike De Leon’s comeback film “Citizen Jake.” Bayani returned to Cannes Film Festival this year for Carlo Francisco Manatad’s short film “Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month,” which was selected for the International Film Critic’s week. She also won Best Actress in this year’s Cinemalaya for her role in “Bagahe.” Calzado starred in the psychological horror film “Bliss” directed by Jerrold Tarog. Photo by RALPH MENDOZA


The high security prison in Bilibid is home to 17,000 out of the 25,000 total population of the national penitentiary. More than 60 of them form the group of artists in Kulay, a program that encourages inmates to explore the arts. Photo by JL JAVIER


Sisters from the Society of St. Paul join the martial law anniversary protest in Luneta in September. Photo by JL JAVIER


PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa photographed behind the scenes during an interview with CNN Philippines chief correspondent Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan. Photo by JL JAVIER


All the women in the adult pavilion of National Center for Mental Health are in pink hospital dresses, all doing a myriad of things — showering, playing sungka, watching T.V., sleeping, conversing, staring at empty spaces. The passing of the mental health bill is one of the year’s biggest issues. Photo by JL JAVIER


A bullet hole-ridden home in Marawi, left in the wake of the conflict that began in May when the ISIS-inspired Maute Group took the city. In October, the city was liberated after Maute’s terror leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon were killed by government forces. Photo by REX REMITIO


A discussion of an anarchist group in Quezon City. The talks are heavy on turning their backs to consumerist practice, from exploring ways to start farming in their own backyard to employing themselves instead of submitting to a manager. These anarchists' ideology is about the belief that humans are wired to pursue the common good, regardless of an authority figure. Photo by JL JAVIER


The Higantes festival in Angono, Rizal has become an event that strengthens the creative economy of the town. In photo: Higante-maker Toti Argana with his masterpieces. Photo by JILSON TIU


A child photographed playing on one of the mausoleums in Manila North Cemetery. Photo by JL JAVIER


A child looks as her mother (off frame) takes her photograph in a community in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by HANNAH REYES MORALES


Chai Fonacier is one of this year’s breakout actresses after her acclaimed roles in “Patay na si Hesus,” “Nakauwi Na,” and “Respeto,” all released this year. Photo by JL JAVIER


President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the world leaders who attended the ASEAN gala dinner, including U.S. president Donald Trump, under a facade of a bahay na bato designed by Ito Kish. “[I thought of the bahay na bato] because it looks grand, it looks celebratory, and [it] represents who we are, from the Spanish era,” says Kish. Photo courtesy of ITO KISH

Joanna Ampil

West End performer Joanna Ampil won this year's MMFF Best Actress award for her role in the musical film "Ang Larawan." Photo by JL JAVIER