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Pedring: The aftermath
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When we were kids, the typhoons and flooding usually came in June when school started. But weather has shifted, and now it comes in September and October. It even rains during Christmas. So it doesn’t make sense to move the start of the school year from June to Septemnber.
Typhoon Milenyo was on September 28, 2006
Typhoon Ondoy, September 26, 2009
Typhoon Pedring, September 27, 2011
So guys, make a mental note and don’t plan events and trips during these times.
Another thing, even though it’s very tempting to pig out during a storm, you must stop yourself from ordering delivery during typhoons, because the delivery boys become casualties. Yes, they die. You don’t want people to die just because you had a pizza craving do you?
Now here’s what happened in parts of Metro Manila today while we were cooped up at home (and please forgive me for swiping photos over the Internet. If this is your photo, please leave a comment below so I can credit and link you):

The US Embassy was flooded and will remain closed until September 28, 2011.

US Embassy
US embassy

Mall of Asia didn’t open due to severe damages (you can imagine what went on in there)

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Marikina River overflowed, view from Eastwood City

Marikina River

The aftermath of Aristocrat Restaurant in Malate, which had waters up to the Filipino waist (not an NBA player—but nevertheless, not cool) Photo: Carlos Celdran

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Sofitel Hotel severely flooded

spiral

The garden and pool are gone!! (so that foot bridge is a good place to stay if you’re stuck)

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza

The best buffet in town, Spiral, is ruined!!

Spiral

We shall come back when it’s fixed again! (before)

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Pity the staff, patients and their families at Philippine General Hospital

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Taft Avenue (Photo: Dandi Galvez)

Taft Avenue

Pedro Gil

Typhoon Pedring - Pedro Gil St.

Now watch this video of Manila Bay eating up Roxas Boulevard. It looks seriously apocalyptic. Click here.

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Twinkle

I believe a good portion of the Roxas Boulevard was a reclamation area? The extent of the damages is sad, but really, what can we do when the sea claims back what was rightfully hers? 🙁

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So much destruction! 🙁

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Less carbon emissions and less plastic littering!

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Guest

laging september natatapat ang malalakas na bagyo and lagi na din nagbibirthday ang sister ko ng walang kuryente at bumabaha sa amin. Sana next year wag na ulit to mangyari at mas lalo p tayong maging prepared

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I wonder if Snow White and her dwarfs made it out of Sofitel… 🙁

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CVS Reply:

meron?

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First Wives Club Reply:

Haha, no, just the figurines between the pool and the sea wall. My daughter looks for them whenever we’re there for Spirals.

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Guest

Member ka ba ng Puri Titiwang Presents? Because I saw these exact photos from that Yahoo! Group.

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Guest

So scary naman! 🙁 It was almost like Ondoy na nga.

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Anonymous

Sharing some pictures of the marikina river taken from the Eastwood side: Morning of sept 27: instagr.am/p/OVU5t Around lunchtime: instagr.am/p/OT8kh Around 4pm you can only see the 2nd floor of some houses. Almost all bungalows are underwater already: instagr.am/p/OWAiG We weren’t spared by the wrath of Pedring even though we’re living in a high rise. Winds were so strong I barely slept. Then our windows started leaking sooo bad because the winds were pushing the water through the cracks of the windows. We had to strip off our flooring cause the water seeped under the floor. But overall we still… Read more »

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Sofitel!!! I used to live near Taft Ave. Every year talaga babahain kami. Minsan, dahil sa mga open manholes, may naglalakad tapos biglang mawawala hahaha. Okay, that’s not funny now but we were kids back then and floods are an annual affair so we didn’t think much of it. Now that I’m a mommy, everything scares me. I live in a very tall building, near the top, in an apartment that’s encased by huge glass windows. Kahapon, the windows were shaking!!! Hubby and I were terrified. I told my son, Vito, “Let’s put our hands on the glass and pray… Read more »

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Ms. C, you’re right – weather patterns HAVE shifted. Now more than ever, we really need to upgrade PAGASA’s weather systems.  I’m glad that now they have Twitter. I managed to monitor them and text the updates to my sister in Manila because power was out almost everywhere.

The Philippines seems to be prone to almost every natural disaster there is (knock on wood) so kailangan ang mindset now is preparedness and not just merely survival.

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gus mako

Unfortunately for the Philippines (which is geographically located on the path of pacific typhoons) it is only the beginning. The world is heating up and the warmer pacific water means more moisture (due to evaporation) in the air. Higher moisture in the atmosphere means more precipitation (rain). Warmer waters also make for stronger and more frequent typhoons. In the future, a good part of metro Manila will be below water because the ice on both poles are melting rapidly thus raising the sea water level. I think in our lifetime we will see that the flood prune areas in the… Read more »

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Anonymous

Correct. Corruption kills.

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I wonder what happened to those people staying in Sofitel. 🙁 

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CVS Reply:

the guests have to move to other hotels

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Pedring has now made me more afraid of wind than rain. Ondoy didn’t have winds this strong, and the swirling winds of Pedring made me terrified to go out of the house. My officemate kept talking about Final Destination-type of scenarios. Does anyone have any news on Malate Church? It’s right by Aristocrat so I’m worried about how much flooding it got. The church is undergoing a big restoration project from what I remember, so it’s sad to think that all that work might have been just destroyed by the rain. 🙁 And PGH! OMG. Their patients are the poorest… Read more »

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We were warned by our manager not to come to work today. Our office is at the MoA complex. All I can say is: HOLY KAMOTE!!!!

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Anonymous

Hey! You got my Taft Avenue photo. Cool… I was on a packed bus for three and a half hours as we crawled along Taft. I can’t even begin to imagine what those poor stranded people must’ve felt having no choice but to wade across the floodwater just to go to work or get home.

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CVS Reply:

thanks Dandi! will credit. borrow ha? 🙂

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Oh my! Wala kaming cable. Power out din. So, didn’t have any idea what’s happening in other places until now!

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Donna

It doesn’t look too good. Sana walang casualties. Mag ingat lahat.

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CVS Reply:

16 dead as of now, says ANC

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Donna Reply:

That’s sad. 🙁 Sana di na madadagdagan pa.
Too late na but sana i-improve yung drainage system dyan to avoid flooding. The authorities concerned should have learned in the past but well, as we can see, same old, same old parin.

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