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The Month of Mourning

December 2004 seems the month of mourning for the known families here in the Philippines.

On December 14, 2004, Filipino were shocked by the news on the death of the Movie King and Filipino idol Fernando Poe Jr. Then on early Friday, December 17, 2004, the youngest child of Speaker De Venecia, Ma. Kristina Casimira de Venecia was killed by the strong fire which burned their mansion in Makati City. And now, December 18, 2004, the grandchild of the comedy King Dolphy, J. Carlo Quizon was shot dead by the unknown assailants.

Yoyong killed one

Typhoon "Yoyong" slamned the islands of Catanduanes with the speed of 185 kph and was heading for Quezon. By Thursday night "Yoyong will slam the flash floods and landslides affected area of Aurora. It is expected to cross Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union and Ilocos Sur. Its eye was expected to pass the storm-battered town of Real late Thursday.

According to the Red Cross, it killed atleast 1 person in Catanduanes and 1,500 people fled their homes and find shelter with the government centers.

On The Calamities

Last night, I was watching the documentary program of both GMA and ABS-CBN which featured the places hit by the disaster. Nakakaawa ang aking nakikita. There was a man caught by the flow of the flood. A rescue helicopter crashed down. Rescuer’s automobile pushed by the water into the river. And marami pa.

I was even touched by the story told by a woman about her experience during the landslide. She said, she was buried alive by the lands, but she was fortunate enough when water came and the lands which covered her washed away until she got the chance to ask for help.

While watching the television, I remember the days when I was stranded in Allen, Samar last May 2004 during a typhoon. We stayed there since Friday night and we were able to cross the sea from Allen to Matnog, Camarines Sur on Monday midnight. Napakahirap ng panahon na iyon, wherein halos hindi ako nakakain since, masyadong napakamahal ng mga foods doon.

This afternoon at 1:00 was actually my scheduled flight for Cebu by Cebu Pacific Airlines, but when I heard the news that all flights were suspended, I immediately went to a ticketing office and changed my schedule.

According to the people I have talked with, Metro Manila was already on its signal number 2 for Typhoon Yoyong. But the signs of a typhoon were not showing until at 5:00 this afternoon wherein winds started to strike.

After the typhoon ‘Winnie’ left at least 350 people dead by landslide and flashfloods, now we are again experiencing the strength of ‘Yoyong’ with the speed of 185 km/hr when it hit the lands of Catanduanes.

Due to this present calamity, the President has ordered a suspension of works in the government and classes of schools nationwide starting 12:00 noon. Airlines companies suspended its flights, MRT 3 halted its operation at 6:00 pm and the LRT lines 1 and 2 at 8:00 pm.

Typhoon Yoyong

Rescue operation at flash floods and landslides affected area brought by the typhoon "Winnie" will affected by the approaching typhoon "Yoyong".

Typhoon "Yoyong" (Nanmadol) was expected to hit Luzon on Thursday night. It has a speed of 160 kph over the Pacific Ocean and is expected to become a supertyphoon as it hit the land.

Philippines storm disaster: hundreds killed

A powerfull storm "winnie" hit Philippines killing more than 400 peoplea and 177 missing people.

November 31, Headlines

Here are some of the headlines on Typhoons

- Landslides kill over 300 by Philippine Star
- ‘Winnie’ Death Hit 300 by Manila Bulletin
- Aurora, Nueva Ecija Reel From Death, Devastation by Manila Bulletin
- 25 Confirmed Dead as Evacuation Center Collapses by INQ7
- ‘Yoyong’ Intensifies, Heads to Areas Devastated by ‘Winnie’ by INQ7
- ‘Winnie’ Leaves 348 Dead by Manila Bulletin
- Floods, Landslides Kill More Than 300 by ABS-CBN
- Signal No. 3 Up in Catanduanes as Megastorm Yoyong Nears by ABS-CBN
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