Saturday, February 20, 2010

Oh No, It's El Nino Again, Sigh! (Please Pray For The Philippines)








It was just over four months ago when the Philippines was devastated by major typhoons (specifically Ondoy and Pepeng) that caused so many loss of lives to thousands of people and billions of pesos in terms of loss and destruction to agricultural crops and infrastructures. The Philippines has not yet fully recovered from these nightmares of disasters when here it comes again, the fear of the dreaded El Nino rearing its fearsome head all over the Philippines. As it is, February should have been the transition month in the Philippines where the last cold winds of the thawing ices in Siberia are blown all over the country. It should not have been summer yet but we are already experiencing the start of a severe dry spell that could cause widespread drought all the way to June and July. Water levels in all dams, canals and rivers all over the Philippines are drying out. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of what should have been lush agricultural lands are cracking up and drying out as a result of the severe dry spell. Fish kills due to excessive heat are already being felt in some areas in the Philippines. Power supplies are dwindling and the authorities are now talking of two hour twice a day rotating brownouts reminiscent of the days of President Cory Aquino. Yesterday, our area had a glimpse of these brownouts when we suffered an unscheduled 6 and 1/2 hours of power interruption. To all those suffering from extreme cold weather in the US, Canada and Europe, send your snows here in the Philippines, lol. We are now sweltering in the extreme heat and scarcity of water. Better still, please pray for the Philippines and the Filipinos (again).


Tags: Philippines, Filipinos, El Nino, Drought, Loss of Crops, Fish Kill, Scarcity of Water, Long Queues on Water Supplies, Dry Spell, Rotating Brownouts, Excessive Heat, Prayers For The Philippines, Prayer For The Filipinos

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Current Events/Philippines/Filipinos

26 comments:

Mama Ko said...

I experience this life Sir mel when I spend a vacation at my granparents in my father side at Negros. they have to fall in line for water. I heard from my sister they don't have electricity there right now, must be very hard. I pray for you, your family and my family and all thefilipinos to overcome all this obstacles in life. What can we do, our country is located in a tropical area. We still are lucky coz even if its El nino we still have friends and family to hang out and laugh with and forget about the misery of the day. If only i could deliver all this snow and ice we have here Sir Mel, naipadala ko na balde, baldeng snow. How ironic life is huh, diyan elnino dito snow storm, pwedi sana 50-50 para fair share hehe.

Hope you guys are fine, just head on to to your SM, Ayala, mall of asia and spaend the day there. take care and god bless

bingkee said...

I always pray for my countrymen and my motherland.

meretrisha said...

that's right brother mel. let's lift everything to God. he'll help us get through any kind of situation.

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

lets pray na lang na hindi masobrahan ang dulot..tiyak mamahal na naman ang bigas..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Alam mo, kaming naiwan dito sa Pinas ay sanay na sa lahat nang iyan. Siguro, the Lord has toughened us for these kinds of events. Hindi naman ako naglilitanya para kaawaan kami. Ang hinihingi ko lang Shy ay panalangin sa ating mga kababayan. Saka ko na ii explain sa mga susunod kong post. Personally apektado kami dahil kung kailan pa napakainit eh nasira yung motor namin sa tubig kaya eto, nagsasalok kami sa poso, waaaaah, lol. Nasa Bulacan kami Shy at ang pinakamalapit na pasyalan dito ay SM Marilao pero bihira rin kami pumasyal duon dahil ang pera ay kasyang kasya lamang at ayokong gumastos para sa unnecessary things. Mula nang umalis si misis papuntang States ay naging sobrang praktikal na ako. Simple lang naman ang buhay namin at hindi na kailangang mag malling pa. Ang kinakatakot namin ay nagi start pa lang ang summer (February) eh ganito na ang epekto nang El Nino, pano pa sa mga susunod na buwan hanggang sa magtag ulan na naman at tamaan na naman kami nang grabeng mga bagyo. Hindi tuloy namin malaman kung ano ang ipapanalangin, umulan ba o umaraw, hehehe, lol. Parang tyubibo (ferris wheel) nang disaster ang ating bansa. Para bang pinaiikot lang sa isang malaking roleta ang kapalaran nang ating bansa. Pero ano man ang mangyari, kapit pa rin tayo sa Panginoon. Siya lamang at hindi mga politiko ang tunay na makakatulong sa atin. Sige padala mo na yung tone toneladang yelo diyan pati na yung masisiba mong piranha dahil nagkaka fish kill na din dito, lol. Salamat kaibigan sa panalangin mo sa amin. Exchange prayers tayo, lol. Salamat sa dalaw. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bingkee,
Thanks for your prayers. We need them more than any material help from our kababayans abroad. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Meretrisha,
I feel that prayers, more than anything else, will help our country and our countrymen. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arvin,
Tutuo ang sinabi mo. Baka naman pwedeng makapag compose ka nang isang tula para sa ating inang bayan na laging sinasalanta nang kalikasan. Salamat sa dalaw. Pagpalain ka nang Diyos sa tuwina.

Pia said...

i've seen photos here and there of what's going on in the northern part of the philippines. but i couldn't really grasp its effect since early morning until about night time i'm in the office and it's air conditioned. but i did notice and felt how hot it is during the weekend when i have to go out for errands right about noon time. it's soooo hot and it's not even officially summer yet. scorching hot!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
We'll be experiencing one of the worst onslaught of El Nino. Imagine it's just February and yet we are already feeling the excessive heat wave and water levels are dwindling in all dams, irrigation canals, rivers and other water reservoirs. Thousands of hectares of agricultural lands are succumbing to severe drought and there are already cases of fish kills in Camarines Sur and elsewhere. Bush fires are also occurring in some parts of Bicol and Mindanao is already experiencing regular rotating brownouts. Soon we will have our own share of brownouts and limited water. Let us just all pray for the Philippines. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always,

Dhemz said...

oh my gosh....tag tuyot na naman jan sa pinas? last month lang eh ang lakas ng ulan...ngayon mainit na naman...waaaaaaaaaaa...nakakalito ang weather sa pinas ngayon....

sana ok lang po kau jan Kuya....let's just pray to God...and hope everything will be fine....

dito kasi sa US...the same lang yung weather...winter, spring, summer and fall....yon lang ang pattern...

anyway, daan me dito to say hello....sensya na po at ngayon lang me ulit nakadalaw....:)

HoneyBUZZin said...

It hasn't been raining here for the past two months. I am staying very near to the seaside...u can't imagine how warm it is...

krystyna said...

I'm so so sorry Mel...
I didn't know about this.
Really sorry...
My prayers, my thoughts and heart
are with you Mel, with your family and with All Philippines.

God bless!

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

tingnan ko kung makagawa ako ng tula ng tungkol sa ating bayan na laging sinasamantala ng kung ano,hehe..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Okay naman kami. Thanks for your concern for us. I really appreciate that. Pero alam mo naman sa Pinas, sanay na ang mga tao sa mga ganyan. Kung baga, batad na ang mga tao sa kalamidad, pangungurakot nang mga opisyal nang gobyerno, pananamantala nang kapwa sa kapwa. Ang kailangan talaga sa Pinas eh magbalik loob sa Diyos. Ang naging legacy kasi nang Marcos administration eh nawalan nang konsensiya ang nakararaming Filipino. Ang opisyales natin kapag inakusahan nang anomalya ay malakas pa ang loob na maghamon na patunayan yun at ihabla sila sa korte. Ang korte naman ay to the highest bidder. Hindi kataka taka na tayo'y nasa ilalim nang sumpa nang Diyos sa mga karumal dumal na bagay na ginagawa nang mga Pinoy hindi pa kasama duon ang idolatry. Salamat sa dalaw at komento. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Honeybuzzin,
Brace yourself for a hotter season as the summer sets in. The situation will go from bad to worse and since you are living near the sea, temperature in your area will be even hotter because of water vapor coming from the sea. Let us all just hope and pray that God spare us from all troubles. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
Thanks for your prayers and concern. As it is, Filipinos are already inured to this kind of problem. We have been beset by the scourge of El Nino from time to time and as in all cases of natural calamities, we survive them all. What I am really worried is the cause of all these. Although I expect negative backlash from my countrymen, I feel that like Haiti, all these calamities and disasters that befall the Philippines with regularity are the effects of God's displeasure with Filipinos. Anyway, I will have a future post regarding this subject matter. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arvin,
Alam mo na siguro na tinagurian tayong disaster capital of the world at hindi na nakakatuwa ang mga nangyayari. Sa tingin ko, kailangan na talagang magbago ang mga Pinoy sa mga nakagawian nito. Salamat kung makagawa ka nang isang tulang magbibigay inspirasyon sa mga Pinoy na bumangon sa kinasadlakan nitong burak. Salamat sa dalaw at komento. Pagpalain ka nang Diyos sa tuwina.

Tey said...

it's La nina here in Toronto. Not much snow compare to last year. It's not that cold also... It's scary to think about it. Thanks Mel

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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tey,
We are now seeing the worse effects of global warming. Just over four months ago, the Philippines was devastated by two very strong typhoons (Ondoy and Pepeng) that caused massive destruction to both lives and properties and now the reverse is happening. Extreme heat and dryness causing massive drought and scarcity of water have hit the Philippines. Are we cursed by God? Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

nako....korek po kau about sa politika ng pinas....na immune na ata ang mga tao sa pamumuno ng gobyerno eh.....kung san nalang kumakapit yung iba....you know para mabuhay....which is very sad..... :(

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Kaya nga dapat tayong manalangin sa Diyos na hipuin ang bawat Pinoy na maalis sa mga nakagawiang ginagawa na taliwas sa kalooban at utos nang Diyos. Salamat uli sa dalaw at komento. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

its been awhile Kuya Mel.. medyo busy sa kakapanood ng series..

anyway, about el nino, ironically i miss it.. i just miss the feeling of having sweats, ilang years na kasi ako di nagsusummer sa pinas and its really frustrating coz i couldn'T. Part of growing up and being grown up, you cant really do whatever you like and whenever you like.. Out of topic na yata ako.. I feel sad din kasi dami bad effects ng el nino.. di lang yata sa pinas.. hmm who's to blame? us din ba because we keep on destroying our mother nature? hmmm ... sana di lumalala ang el nino at wala naman masyadong maapektuhan =(

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie dear,
I can understand you, about your frustrations on not being able to visit the Philippines now for whatever reasons. Konting pasensiya lang because God will surely make a way so that you and Anzu can visit the Philippines. Alam kong namimiss mo ang Pinas, nababakas iyon sa komento mo. Kasi sa Pinas, it takes just a little money to enjoy and be happy. Pwedeng maglamyerda sa beaches o mag malling o kung can afford naman ay pwedeng mag stay sa mga comfortable hotels to beat the summer heat. Maski na anong masamang epekto nang El Nino ay hindi nito napipigil ang mga Pinoy na magenjoy sa buhay. Ganun siguro ang buhay Pinoy. Pinipintasan natin kung nasa Pinas tayo pero kapag malayo na tayo ay miss na miss din natin. Msg pray ka lang palagi kaibigan at magtiwala na inilagay ka nang Diyos diyan sa Japan for a purpose. Kung ano man iyon ay iyong alamin. I hope and pray that everything is okay with you and your family and you are all in the best of health. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

teJan said...

i remember once in my life, i experiences like this situation. waah! i can't imagine how we survived those days...but anyway.

lets just continue to pray then.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi teJan,
When you are in the Philippines, you can survive anything including calamities and disasters. We are a very resilient people and we come to the aid of those who are in need no matter whether we know them or not. It is just unfortunate that the true and noble character of Filipinos surface when there are natural calamities or disasters. That's where the world see the very best of the Filipinos. Yes, let us altogether pray for the Philippines and the Pinoys. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

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