This too shall pass…

After almost two weeks of experiencing non-stop rain and cloudy skies, we were able to finally see the sun shine again this morning. I seldom go out on a sunny day because I’m not really a fan of the sun’s heat, but earlier this morning as I’m driving for work and I saw the sun beaming down in the metro, words can’t express how happy I am to see it shine again 🙂

Last Tuesday, August 7, 2012 the main NCR and nearby provinces has been extremely submerged by deep floods due to torrential rains brought by the southwest monsoon. As of now, it has reported that 49 people are dead and over 2.11 million Filipinos are homeless and 6 people are still missing.

Watching the news that morning, it really gives me a heavy heart. It brought back the awful memory of recent flood we have just experienced by Ondoy last 2009. The whole Philippine Archipelago are holding their breaths as most are holding on to their dear lives.

I have complied pictures of the recent flood all over the internet, social networks and blog sites and posted them here.

(The aerial view of Malabon City which is submerged by deep and deadly flood. Photo courtesy of Yahoo news)

(Homes and buildings submerged by flood ways in Bulacan, North of Phils. Photo courtesy of Yahoo news.)

(Residents rode a bangka to a safe place. Some rescuers used lifeboats to reach the other residents who were stuck in their homes. Photo courtesy of Yahoo news.)

(This photo shows the 2-storey-deep flood in San Mateo . The residents are waiting for their chance to be rescued on their rooftops.)

 (The LRT in Marcos Bridge Manila. The flood is almost 10ft high.)

(The people are being rescued using a bangka at Banawe, Quezon City.)

(The residents of E. Rodriguez are stranded in their rooftops as they await to be rescued.)

(This guy is pushing his bike side car along Tayuman and Abad Santos Avenue, Manila)

(This is taken in UERM, Manila as the cars parked beside the building are submerged in deep flood.)

(This photo shows the waist-high flood in Olongapo City, Zamboanga.)

(The underpass in Recto Avenue, Manila. Totally not passable by any vehicle and people.)

(A barangay in Marikina City, one of the main cities that has been extremely affected by the flood.)

(The water in Marikina River has reached almost 20 + ft. high)

(Another area that has been extremely affected is the Cavite. This is the surrounding streets of SM City Bacoor that has been submerged in deep flood.)

 (A village in San Mateo, Rizal. The water is waist-deep and increasing.)

 (A man carrying his pet as he head to the evacuation center in Las Pinas.)

(The streets and houses in Brngy. Malanday Marikina is totally submerged.)

(The people of Brngy. Tumana Marikina City can’t do anything but look at their lost homes as the rescuers continues their job.)

(The soccer field of University Of Santo Tomas which appears like a river due to the flood.)

(This is the underpass in Ayala, Makati)

(The SM Marikina’s basement parking lot is totally submerged with flood.)

(Residents are stranded in their home in Brngy. Roxas, Quezon City)

(The heavy rain has caused a landslide in Bayanihan St., Quezon City. 8 people including children, are buried within the mud.)

(A man rescuing a baby inside a basin…)

(The strong waves in Manila Bay.)

This is one hell of a tragedy that will forever haunt us. Whenever I was travelling from home to school/work before, I always curse the long drive/ride of almost 2hours to the main cities, but during calamities like this I can’t help but feel grateful that our place is not prone to floods unlike the other areas like Marikina, Pasig, Cavite and many more within Metro Manila. I live specifically in Fairview and Boundary of Novaliches and our area is high enough. I have friends who’s been badly affected by the flood and I feel sorry for them. Some are stranded for days inside their offices and homes. As of now, our parish is preparing relief goods for the affected people who are located in nearby evacuation centers in our place. Celebrities, politicians, elites, and normal people are all extending their help and prayers to all our kababayans who’ve been badly affected by this tragedy.

But one thing about Filipinos that I’m proud of, is that we are still able to smile and see the bright side in everything, and yes, even terrible flood 🙂

(Even though the flood is waist-high, these kids are unstoppable in playing DOTA in a local computer shop!)

(This photo is from a facebook page taken inside their home.)

(Its crazy how this man rides a jetski in the stretch of Manila street in the middle of flood! LOL)
(And this gay is enjoying himself because his dream as a mermaid finally came true! Esp. with complete props :))
 (‘She loves me, she loves me not.’ This guy seems to be daydreaming about his girl and relaxing under the cloudy skies :))
(It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines, flood won’t stop these kids in playing basketball)
(And these kids seems to be enjoying their free swim in the flood that serves as their resort hahaha)
(And of course, afternoon won’t be complete without drinking alcohol with your friends even in the flood :))
“somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted.”
― Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock

6 comments on “This too shall pass…

  1. Poor people and it’s always the ones that don’t have to much that are the victims – love the last photo .. in all this distress there is humor and that how people survives.

    • True. There’s this interview with one of the residents, he was asked why aren’t they evacuating yet? And he said if they go there’ll be nothing left for them but their house and the sad part was, it’s a tiny,tiny house… really heart-breaking.

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