Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Philippines is being battered by the monsoon since August 19 and it hasn't stopped as of this writing. I am sharing pictures of the devastation in Metro Manila. I will be posting other pictures that show the destruction in the nearby provinces in my next blog post.

The Marikina river at 18.1 meters above sea level. Forced evacuation of residents have been underway since yesterday
The Philippine National Red Cross and members of the National Disaster Coordinating Council rescuing a 2 month old baby from his flooded home.

My beloved Alma Mater, The University of Santo Tomas is submerged in floodwaters
The University of Santo Tomas' Arch of the Centuries stands witness to a flood it hasn't seen in centuries!

Despite the heavy downpour, a warehouse burns down in Makati City

A boy carries his dog on his back to safety, braving the thigh deep waters in Marikina.


A girl carries her dog in a bucket on her way to higher ground. The young boy in the background seems oblivious of the danger and flashes an innocent smile

An old man carries his buddy on his back, in chest deep flood water. We Filipinos love our pets!


Filipinos are not easily devastated. Standing in thigh deep flood which paralyzed the entire Metro, this man still manages to smile

With an empty water gallon tank stuffed inside his shirt, this man made himself a flotation device. Notice how deep the flood is. This street sign in Marikina is halfway submerged.

Any form of transportation would do! These women take a wooden cart ride through the flood to get to work.

Proof of the undaunted Filipino Spirit. A family evacuates and seeks shelter inside the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. They make do with the little space they would call "home" for the next few days. Smiles still show on their faces.


My Philippines seems to show the world that we are a race to reckon with. Storms come and go, floods subside. We pick up from where we left of and start anew.

From the hearts of my countrymen, we say..."Habagat ka lang, Pilipino kami." (You're just the monsoon, We're Filipinos.)

2 comments:

  1. "My Philippines seems to show the world that we are a race to reckon with. Storms come and go, floods subside. We pick up from where we left of and start anew." Very true. And calamities like these bring out the best in the Filipinos.

    Thanks for the visit in my blog. I really appreciate it. I will surely visit here more often when I could.

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  2. I have many friends from the Philippines and this terrible tragedy touched me and them too. I pray for a speedy recovery and no more natural disasters.
    Elizabeth

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