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Saturday, September 26, 2009

In Memory of a Storm

as i write, cousin dimple and her whole family have evacuated on the 2nd floor of their house, after a whole day's rain in manila has caused the old pasig river to overflow, overwhelming the streets of BLISS mandaluyong with floodwaters. in the news, 95% of pateros now is submerged and i heard that one starlet is spending night on top of a roof in marikina. i remember my experience way back in iloilo, in june 21 2008. to make sense of it, i blogged about the experience, advised people, among others, to flood-proof their homes or prepare for flooding sans the memory of it, and buy a heavy duty manel's leather bag. the last is not mandatory compared to the others. like any life changing event, everyone in manila will remember what they were doing, where they were, who they were with when Ondoy stopped over and poured his wrath one ordinary saturday in this metropolitan city. i hope that remembering will not soon lead to forgetting how much vulnerable filipinos are now to seemingly harmless natural events like rain (this storm runs only 85kph). may remembering progress more than planning, or worse, from a congressional or senate inquiry on the state of the 'environment', which is nothing more really than the state of our indifference.

Thanks to Mark of

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