Archive for the ‘Taal volcano’ Category

One thing that you can’t fault about the Filipinos is their ability to still smile and laugh amidst calamities  and natural disasters. And the Bayanihan spirit is still very much alive with the private sector fetching in even with meager resources. There is our Vice-President Leni Robredo who was the first one in this “out of this world” government to personally see the plight of the Taal survivors. But where is  Digong, they asked. Ah. busy lambasting the Catholic church in one of his speeches again yesterday with an audience of another religion. Let’s not go further, I don’t really want to talk about his slowness in addressing these gargantuan problems. He does not  want to allow other nations to help our shores so be it, let him be buried deep in mud.

I was watching some videos posted at Facebook and I literally laughed seeing those who were wearing nightgowns, police uniform, school uniforms and some men in the evacuation center wearing skirts and dresses. No doubt about it, they really appreciate all the help from our kababayans.  Maybe some donors would want to get rid of those items that they no longer need. Take note though, there are mountains of goods, food items, potable water, toiletries, linens, canned goods etc. being brought to those places where there are so many evacuees. Here are some photos I culled from the net.

That’s VP Leni at the relief operations in Sta. Teresita, Batangas

They’re game wearing those dresses

The BAYANIHAN spirit is still very much alive. These are volunteers repacking goods for distribution

That’s a school uniform

Latest reports say that Taal Volcano is still under alert level 4. There is still the possibility of future eruption.

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This photo was taken by a photographer who lives in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Calapan is about  118.8 kilometers away from the volcanic  eruption.

credit goes to Arden Pimentel Photography. Arden works at Calapan City Tourism.

The photo was captioned TAKBO (run in English). How do you find this picture? That’s Taal Volcano in the distance spewing ash while the children were busy running towards this phenomenon or running away from it.  I find the capture spectacular  but it also spells danger  to all. It gives me the goosebumps.

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My brother said he went out yesterday to buy surgical face masks but they are not available anymore. Nagka-ubusan na. People have become afraid of inhaling that toxic ash brought by the eruption of Taal volcano. I read an article saying that those are not really ashes but small microscopic particles of glass spewn by the mouth of the raging volcano. And when they get wet, they turn into lahar. A lahar is a violent type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris and water. The material flows down from a volcano, typically along a river valley.

I was able to obtain a Respirateur N95 surgical masks thru my son who works at JP Morgan Chase bank. They give them for free to all their employees. It has instructions on how to wear it.

I actually have several thick cloth and washable face masks which I bought from Miniso, a Japanese store at SM East Ortigas. Since I got sick ten years ago and since I underwent chemotherapy, my immunity has gone low. It is why I am so careful in catching colds since it usually takes a month or more before I get healed. Every time I go out alone and take a commute, I wear a face mask. Even in the marketplace, I also wear one. The pollution here in Metro Manila is bad.

We were lucky last night, the winds didn’t blow our way so the ash was so minimal.

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Now I am beginning to understand based on the various reports and readings that I’ve done since last night.

The lightning that those near the volcano have seen and experienced was really not a lightning from the sky but it comes from the mouth of the volcano. It is an electrical charge not caused by thunderstorms but discharged by the volcanic eruption. When fragmenting particles of volcanic ash collides, it generates static electricity.

These lightning occurrences tell us that a major eruption is most likely to happen, with lava and magma flow from the mouth of the volcano. So that means, we haven’t experienced the major eruption yet.  When it reaches alert level number 5, that’s the most destructive part of it all. And Taal volcano is showing continued signs of activity.

Please God, keep us from the worst thing that will happen. We pray for deliverance from the wrath of nature.

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Reposting these photos of Taal Lake and that inactive crater in one of  our trips in Batangas a few years ago.


Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s actually one of the scenic spots in the country.  We had an office excursion several years ago in one of the towns facing Taal. There were so many who were surfing, sailing and wakeboarding.

A closer view of the volcano before its eruption from wikakids.com

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We covered our car last night since it was newly washed a few hours before the Taal volcano eruption.

Early this morning, I went out to check my garden.  The garden set is full of ash. I have to water the plants pronto. I had to wear face mask when I went out of our garage to sweep the front of the house. My golly, even the street is thick with ash. I have to sweep the sidewalk  so it won’t enter the house when the  wind blows. The ash even if we don’t see it fall is detrimental to our health especially to those people with asthma.  Our windows are all closed

Look at these photos. They were taken in one of the towns affected by the eruption.

culled from Phil. Weather Systems/Earthquake Update


Even the plants were covered in mud.

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