Mga Imbak na Marka: Philippines

The Bopha [gangnamstyle] can’t shake the Filipino spirit!

Woke up this morning and read this very alarming post from Choose Philippines FB page:

Weather Advisory: “Pablo” could be be the strongest typhoon in Mindanao’s history.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 knots (259 kilometers per hour), “Pablo” (international name Bopha) has reached supertyphoon status comparable to a Category 5 cyclone in the Western hemisphere, American meteorologists said Tuesday.

The tropical cyclone has rapidly intensified over the last 12 hours in the waters off the eastern Philippines, the US Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Watch Center (JTWC) said in its latest advisory.

Pablo, which also has gusts reaching 170 knots (314kph), will only weaken after it makes landfall in the southern Philippines and cuts a swath through Central Mindanao, the JTWC said.”The current intensity of 140 knots is based on congruent Dvorak estimates from PGTW (Guam Typhoon Warning Center), RJTD [Japan Meteorological Agency], and KNES, all of which support the recent rapid intensification and is additionally supported by a recent jump in the latest CIMMS satcon estimate of 141 knots,” the Hawaii-based weather task force said.Pablo’s track similar to Sendong’s
BophaOther foreign weather agencies and meteorologists have been tracking Pablo for days.Dr. Jeff Masters, co-founder of Michigan-based commercial weather forecasting service Weather Underground, said the typhoon is following a similar track to last year’s Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong), which hit Mindanao on December 16, 2011 and killed more than 1,200 people.”Bopha is potentially a catastrophic storm for Mindanao,” he said. “Mindanao rarely gets hit by typhoons, since the island is too close to the Equator, and the infrastructure of Mindanao is not prepared to handle heavy typhoon rains as well as the more typhoon-prone northern islands.”

“Washi was merely a tropical storm, and Bopha is likely to hit at Category 4 or 5 strength, making it the strongest typhoon ever recorded in Mindanao,” he warned in his blog.

“Bopha became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth’s rotation to get themselves spinning,” he said. (more on abs-cbnNEWS.com)

There is really a very alarming reason to overworry but I always believe that the Filipino Spirit cannot dance to the tune of Bopha…God bless the Philippines!

How much is the cost of “resting in peace” in the Philippines?

While it would be odd for us to look for a promo on coffins and funeral services that offers “Buy One Take One” or “3 for HundredSomething [Thousand, I should mean], a post on Rappler asks, “Exactly how much does it cost to die in the Philippines?”

From green coffins [recycled coffins] in Tondo to the luxurious solid bronze caskets similar to what singers Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were buried in, Rappler overemphasize the obvious: to be dead in the Philippines is costly. Well, as it caught my attention today and consider it as worth sharing as my post-Halloween entry for this blog, I suggest you should read the entire article here.

Celebrating the Filipino Spirit!

The world has seen how vulnerable we, Filipinos, are from nature’s depredation specially  in what appeared to be Ondoy’s sequel [in terms of scope, but hopefully not with the amount of damage incurred to both life and properties.] Images on tv and on the social media networking sites reveal an array of dramatic scenes, disquieting and mostly, uncomforting. I do not need to go into details of discussing how frustrating the plight of those people in the images are. The views are familiar… recurrent as they seem.

Nevertheless, let this blog post delve on giving celebration to what Filipino spirit is amid hardest trials  and most demanding challenges. Noteworthy, the world has seen at the same time how much [?] have we learned from the lessons  of Ondoy, thanks to social networking sites and thousands of caring Filipinos.

Moving  and pride-boosting, I am sharing  with you some of the pics I found on the Internet just to give you a touching glimpse of what Filipino spirit is!!!

A Japanese friend once told me how their gaman virtue heightened their perseverance to emerge almost undisturbed  by the dangers and the aftermath of earthquake/tsunami and the threats of nuclear radiation on March 2011.

Filipinos, I believe, have more unique way of overcoming dangers including the  unfolding  threats of the every day struggle with nature… with poverty…. the list goes on. In spite of  all these, the Filipino spirit reigns!

P.S.

Should you wish to help the flood victims, PCIJ has a complete list of organizations actively helping out our kababayans. Please click HERE.

Higit pa sa pula, puti at bughaw…

Limang araw bago ang pagdiriwang sa ika-114 na Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas, minabuti kong ibigay bilang takdang gawain sa aking mga mag-aaral na Grade 7 para sa Araling Panlipunan ang paggawa ng munting watawat na yari sa coupon bond at colored papers. Natuwa akong madami sa kanila ang alam kung ano ang hitsura ng pambansang watawat at pagkakaayos ng ilang mga simbolismo nito bagamat may mga iilang hindi alam o sigurado kung ilan lahat ang sinag ng araw at sulok ng mga  bituin. Isa sa muntik ng makaligtas sa aking paningin ay ang baliktad na pula at bughaw na bumabalot sa malaking bahagi ng watawat. Salamat na lang at naisipan akong tanungin ng isa kong makulit na anak kong may digmaan ba. Nais ko din sanang matawa sa hugis ng araw ng iilan sa ipinakita sa akin. Mayroong mukhang krus habang ang iilang mga bituin naman ay nag-anyong eroplano. Sa mismong araw ng pagdiriwang kung saan muling naimbitahan ang ilan sa aming magaaral na magtanghal ng doxology para sa palatuntunan na inorganisa ng lokal na pamahalaan, nanaig sa muli ang mga kulay ng watawat. Maging ang aming mga mag-aaral na lahat nakaputi ay may saliw din ng nasabing mga kulay bilang palamuti at pandagdag buhay. Pinakanagustuhan ko sa lahat ay ang pagsasadula ng mga mahahalagang yugto sa kasaysayan… ang pagbibigay buhay sa sigaw sa Balintawak, ang pagbaril kay Rizal sa Bagumbayan at higit sa lahat ay ang pagtahi ng watawat at pagwawagayway nito sa balkonahe ng munisipyo kahalintulad ng pangyayari noon sa bahay ni Hen. Aguinaldo sa Kawit, Cavite. Nakakapanindig balahibo ang bawat tagpo. May mga bahaging animo’y naluluha ako… Ang tanging alam ko lang ay masaya ako sa mga nasasaksihan kong maikli subalit makabuluhang pagtatanghal at higit sa lahat ipinagmamalaki ko na ako’y lahing Pilipino!   Nasa ibaba ang isang maikling animation na nahanap ko sa YouTube na nagpapaliwanag  kung bakit kaalinsabay  ng pakikipagsayaw ng watawat sa haplos ng hangin habang matayog na nakataas ay ang aking labis na galak at pagmamalaki sa mga kulay na naging kabahagi na ng aking pagkamamamayan… Narito din ang ilang mga tweets ng mga Pinoy netizens kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng ika-114 na Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Gamit ang hashtag na #proudtobepinoy sa Twitter, itinampok ng GMA Interactive ang ilang mga tweets sa isang photo mosaic na bumubuo sa isang watawat… Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan mga Kababayan… ______________ Iba pang post na may kaugnayan sa pagdiriwang na ito… * PROUD TO BE PINOY! (ipinost noong nakaraang taon, 05/28/11) * KATALINGKASAN (ipinost noong nakaraang taon, 06/12/11)