September 30, 2010


Since we just marked the first anniversary of the Ondoy storm, let me remind everyone of the devastation that a strong typhoon can cause and how we can all be reduced to nothing in the face of Mother Earth's lashings. 

I know a lot of family and friends whose cars got submerged in water. 

In a situation like this, people flee, even if there's no place to run, no place to hide.

See what I mean?

Scene from another typhoon, Basyang. This crane fell off just outside our village.

A billboard structure crashed near our place as well.

I get paranoid and mortally fearful for myself and my family each time a storm hits the Philippines. Ondoy hit all of us on a personal level because of the many stories of devastation that directly hit home. We were lucky to have been spared but not my closest relatives and some friends. 

Sadly, a year after Ondoy, the government seems to be still unprepared for a storm of this magnitude. The drainage system is still clogged, the creeks are still littered with illegal settlers, the highways still littered with unwieldy billboard structures. There is no flood control system, no rescue operations to speak of. 

Tears. We might as well start flooding Malacanang with our tears. 


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