Friday, July 16, 2010

This Day In History


Today is the 20th anniversary of the 1990 Luzon earthquake, one of the few big moments in Philippine history where I know exactly where I was when it happened: out on the grounds of my elementary school, pumping water from the school poso for use in the toilet. Years later, the quake would be doubly significant for me because my adopted city was one of the areas hardest hit.

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  1. Me too, I remember exactly where I was. I was in third grade and my day was just starting (pang-hapon ako eh) and I remember looking up at these parang mattress things (can't describe it) hanging from the ceiling to help minimize sound and for the first time ever, they were swaying back and forth.

    then they sent us out into this open space in between all our classrooms.

    I was here in Manila, in Bene :p

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  2. In the early 2000s Squid, Kulot, and I (and maybe J) were in the Glorietta area when a quake hit. We saw the hanging lamps of a restaurant swinging. I wasn't smart enough to get scared; my first reaction was, "Coolness!"

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