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My {Maring + Habagat} Weekend

The past weekend has been quite interesting. Cavite, my hometown, was in the spotlight due to the heavy downpour that caused massive flooding to the majority of the province.

I took a day off last Friday to spend some time home since I wasn't able to the previous week. All Saturday morning, I was looking through photos of apartments for ~inspiration~. It started drizzling, raining then the angst of the heavens came down upon us and the pleasant start of the weekend turned into a bit of horror. Here's a rundown:

  • My new flats, finally! Hahaha!
  • Had lunch at the newly opened Army Navy at Bacoor. First time to try Carnitas Soft Tacos <3
  • Extremely bothered that the tricycle side mirror reflects the driver's crotch! Also, it started to rain.
  • Having my peace and quiet (aka lola moment) while answering a Word Search booklet. I love those things!
  • The rain poured non-stop for 15 hours. The flood reached our rooms and was almost knee deep inside the house. We went to my aunt's house to stay dry. This is my brother and my aunt's dog, Ein, sleeping. Hahaha!
  • Our house posing as a submarine.
  • Google-ing Chicken Joy at 4 in the morning. :(
  • Went back to our house to get supplies. Felt like I was in a scene of Walking Dead. Hahaha. Rummaging the house for supplies in pitch-darkness. LOL AT MY LIFE
  • ~Babae sa floodwater~
  • Einster/Einstein/Ein, my aunt's lovable pitbull (though his bark will be the death of my eardrums) 
  • The scene this morning. Yep, still underwater.
  • My aunt's baked goodies: Oatmeal raisin cookies! Smelled and tasted soooo good!

Floods aren't new to us since the area where our house was built is particularly prone to flooding. It's almost funny that throughout the entire subdivision, the corner street where we live gets submerged in nasty sewer water everytime there's continuous rain. Almost funny because when you think about it, it's not. We've been living there for 27 years and I can't count the number of times the floods had entered our house during the rainy season EVERY FREAKING YEAR. The local government made drainage repairs just last year (YES! JUST LAST YEAR!) after neverending promises election after election. But this was the first time that the flood reached that high that we had to leave the house. And on my way to Makati earlier, parts of Bacoor were still flooded (Sorrento up to Niog).

Oh well, resentment won't really help. Maring is just another notch in our typhoon bedpost. Hahaha!

Despite everything that's happened, I think we're still fortunate. Eventhough the flood at our house was at it's all-time high, other people had it worse. People in Kawit, Noveleta, Imus and other parts of Cavite had their houses completely submerged in water and had to stay at their rooftops and wait for rescue.

A lot of CaviteƱos still need help right now. If you have the resources and the time, here are some of the locations in Cavite where you could drop off food, clothing and medical supplies, or be a volunteer:
  • De La Salle University - Dasmarinas c/o SENTRO La Salle Contact: Alexander Losaria, 0905-438-913
  • Christ's Commission Fellowship - Cavite. Warehouse 1 and 2 Km 21 Aguinaldo Highway, Imus. Contact Bel Adan, 09276867542
  • Imus Cathedral (Our Lady of the Pillar Parish) also accepts volunteers for repacking in addition to donations. Keppel Bldg/Pandayan Hall, Imus Town Proper. Contact: Baby/Pillar at 09178464993.

Click this photo to get the complete list of Open Relief Donation Centers (as of 11:13PM, Wednesday, August 21) in the Greater Manila Area:

photo from Rappler.com