“Milenyo”: Shorty and Quicky but Deadly! Manila in a State of Calamity.

Three-day diary of power blackout:

28 September 2006:

Classes were suspended in all levels in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas and Rizal Provinces in anticipation of typhoon “Milenyo” (international name: “Xangsane”). We were suppose to pick John at Clark Airport at 4 p.m. but he had to book another flight home and arrived 9 p.m. at the NAIA instead (Thx for the pasalubongs!). I was also suppose to watch game-two of the UAAP Finals at the Araneta. Neither materialized because of Milenyo. There was power blackout, no internet, no ‘globe’ and all we had was AM Radio! Waaaaah!

Inspite of it all, I got something for the day: Milenyo’s fury! Take a look:

[Watch the same video on ‘blip.tv’ in my old site, HERE.]

At night, on our way to NAIA, we had quick snacks at McDonalds Macapagal Ave. and the “golden arches” signeage caught my lens – the damage was due to Milenyo. On our way home, we passed by EDSA and we saw two huge billboards (one in Magallanes, another in Estrella) that fell and caused damages to properties and life.

mcdo

billboard%20estrella

29 September 2006:

Classes in all levels and government offices in Metro Manila are still suspended for clearing operations. The weather is back to normal. If not for the wrath caused by the typhoon, and the power blackout(still) in 80% of Metro Manila, there was never any. I could have blogged as early as the night of the 28th, but because there was no power and internet, I waited until today. Here is a shot taken at EDSA-Annapolis at 3:00 p.m. It’s back to normal:

edsa copy

30 September 2006:

There is still no electric power in my area, to think that it’s in Malacanang Compound. Two days after Milenyo, many have been said about fallen billboards, rising death toll, increasing value of properties damaged. Milenyo was something foreseen, true, (applause to PAGASA, this time!) but it can never be prevented. It was nature’s force and we can’t do so much about it. Look at the brighter side. Every day after Milenyo is a brand new start. Here are images of the sunrise two days after, with a view of Pasig River and Makati Skyline taken from Nagtahan Bridge in Pandacan, Manila, between 5:30 a.m. to 5:40 a.m. For whatever its worth, I am posting the images I took here:

sunrise two

sunrise one

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Off Topic: Update on Ilocano’s at Pinoy Dream Academy

Geoff Taylor from Cagayan Valley was the second to be expelled from the Academy last Saturday. That leaves four other Ilocano’s in contention to be the first ultimate pinoy dreamer! See related story here.

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7 Responses to “Milenyo”: Shorty and Quicky but Deadly! Manila in a State of Calamity.

  1. Constantine says:

    Bong: Nde (pa) naman, hehe. Thx for the kind words there. Btw,thanks for linking this entry, at last, I’ve satisfied your taste, sana, hehe!

  2. bong says:

    cons, you’re not thinking of doing videos for a living naman no?! great stuff you got there! keep ’em coming!

  3. Constantine says:

    JFI: Haha! Back to abnormal ha! Grabe talaga. No electricity, pawala-wala signal ng “globe,” offline and BPI! Basically no life for three days!!!

  4. jfi says:

    back to abnormal na naman ang buhay sa Manila. Kaninang madaling araw lang kami nagkaroon ng kuryente dito sa Taguig.

    Grabe sa tagalko na sa Maynila ngayon lang ako naka experience ng ganito. 3 days of survival without water and power. Walang ATM na mapagkunan ng pera.

  5. Constantine says:

    Sistah: That’s exactly what I wanted to convey in this entry 🙂

    Jonjon: Nge! Natuwa naman ako sa comment mo. Sana totoo 🙂

  6. isang kang milenyo! astig ang vlog..welcome to the club of video bloggers…hehe..

    salamat sa posting mo.

    jon

  7. sistah says:

    I watched the video over and over as i can not believe its been over 20 years that I personall y experience the warath of a typhoon. One can experience the anger of nature and the damages it causes-lives,etc.But yet,look at the next day,the sun still shines!What a life..

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