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
Other 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!
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.
Thanks to this wall post on Facebook for allowing us to have a good grasp of the hilarious side in one of Senate’s most heated debate on the 14-year old RH Bill.
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!!!
The Filipino spirit is ingenious!!! He looks at every possibility to reach out and touch lives!!! via Facebook’s Outstanding Filipinos Worldwide (OFW) [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outstanding-Filipinos-Worldwide-OFW/206983402670997]
The Filipino Spirit is heroic! No amount of danger can stop a Filipino from caring for his fellowmen… via @abscbn
The Filipino Spirit is reassuring! Shown in this pic is a man with two kids on his shoulders crossing a flooded Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. via GMA NEWS [https://www.facebook.com/gmanews]
The Filipino Spirit is buoyant!! He knows how arduous the toil can be but he’s driven by the joy he gets from helping…. and touching people’s lives! via I Love Philippines!!! (Green Mango) [https://www.facebook.com/iheartPH888]
The Filipino spirit is compassionate!!! He sees himself as a fountain-source of inspiration from others to always look at the bright side of every endeavor… via
The Filipino spirit is altruistic… This is what kids can do just to help and save their best friend…. what more if an adult can lend a hand to save people’s lives… 🙂 via Choose Philippines
The Filipino spirit is unperturbed!!! He sees every challenge as an opportunity to be intrinsically jovial!
The Filipino spirit is always lighthearted come what may!!! Paddling through what is supposed to be a soccer field at the University of Santo Tomas, this team of rescuer never misses the fun while they help… (via Paul Quiambao) Featured in Choose Philippines Facebook Page [https://www.facebook.com/ChoosePhilippinesOfficial]
The Filipino Spirit is good-humored!!! Unruffled with the raging weather, an unidentified person walks around in a Spider-Man outfit in this shot by Tepan Espino
The Filipino spirit is easygoing!!! He sees odds as a break to be carefree, welcome and enjoy life’s surprises!!!
The Filipino spirit is carefree!!!
The Filipino Spirit is novel!!! He never succumbs to the tests confronting him.. He always finds way to emerge invincible! via I Can’t Stop Laughing [https://www.facebook.com/noicantstoplaughing]
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!
Should you wish to help the flood victims, PCIJ has a complete list of organizations actively helping out our kababayans. Please click HERE.