Typhoon Pablo awes Davao residents



DAVAO CITY, Philippines —For the first time in their lives, people in the coastal towns of Davao Oriental heard the sound of a typhoon, leaving some of them to compare it with the groan from an angry man.

“Even from the sound alone, it seemed like the wind wanted to eat us alive,” said Juvy Tanio, assistant of Mayor Michelle Rabat of Mati City in Davao Oriental, who said he was surprised to see the roofs of his neighbors’ houses gone and the trees toppled.

“Ana diay ang bagyo, no (So that’s what a typhoon is like),” said Tanio, who admitted it was his first time to experience it.

“Scary,” Patrick Ronolo, a college student at the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology described his first typhoon experience.

“Kusog jud ang hangin (the wind was really strong,” he said.

“Hadlok kaayo ang hangin, karun rami naka experience ani,” said Flordeliz Bantolinao, a teacher in Baculin National High School in Baganga, Davao Oriental, where typhoon Pablo has its landfall.

She said it was the first time she saw coconut trees falling down because of the strong winds.

Tanio said people were still grumbling in the afternoon of Monday, because it was “too hot,” it never felt like there was an upcoming typhoon. But it started to rain that night and the strong winds started at 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“When the wind started to groan at 3 a.m., nobody dared to speak,” Tanio said.

“Everyone was so quiet, we never heard that sound before. Grabe jud diay ang bagyo,” he added.

Even Vivencio Anislag, a resident of Tarragona town, who has been used to big waves and strong winds from years of living along the coast of Davao Oriental was surprised.

“I live near the shore, so I’m used to big waves and strong winds,” he said. “But this one is something different, lahi ra jud ang bagyo,” he said, awed.

Davao Oriental’s Tarragona town, which faces the Pacific Ocean, was among those badly battered when the typhoon made landfall Tuesday morning.   Close to 300 families evacuated, and a five-year-old child was killed when a tree fell on their house in sitio Madian, barangay Tubaon.

In Davao city, people were equally awed as it was the first time for them to see strong wind and rain battering houses.

Davao City’s investment come-on of being typhoon-free is no longer true, after the city saw 14 trees fall and an electric post toppled.

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  • Cruxofthematter

    Welcome to the end times.

  • macobex

    In a world under CLIMATE CHANGE,  there’s no longer ANY PLACE in the Philippines that will ever be typhoon-free. Accept this new reality.

  • Decimo

    Go to one of these two links to donate for Typhoon Bopha/Pablo http://www.gofundme.com/1md1s0 or http://amzn.com/w/3MRUJCOL976DL

  • buttones

    I suspect they ‘aint seen nothing yet…..

  • JunPyo123

    Kasing gulo ng bagyo ang paka sulat ng balitang ito. Marahil, in awe pa kasi yung writer. And nothing against the Bisaya language. I am referring to how the news was written.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539120939 Felai Puerto-Cabahug

      I was confused with the map. 95% of the article was about Davao Oriental, but the map pointed to Davao City. Hehehehe. NaPabloPH ata. :))

      • JunPyo123

        Right. Ewan ko ba sa Inquirer. Kung gaano ka-impressive (this is not my personal statement) ang printed form nila, total opposite ang online. Just imagine the way kung paano isinulat ang balitang ito. Very narrative, kulang na lang ginawan pa ng dialogue. 

      • Rollen

         That’s probably the address of the Inquirer Mindanao, Davao City.

    • Rollen

      The writer only wants you to feel what the survivors experienced and reactions about the disaster. The writer was not particular about the details of the incident. Honestly, I find it informative regarding the victim’s emotions and sufferings. Sometimes readers can picture how serious an incident is from the survivors point of view.

      • JunPyo123

        Yes pare, agree on that. Pero sa gaya nito na involved ang writing through journalism, may mga sinusunod tayong ‘writing styles’ or norms ika nga. One thing na pwede niyang ginawa is to avoid continuous 1st-hand statements ng mga survivors otherwise it would appear like an academic narration and not a spreadsheet article.

        But good to hear din that you find it informative. 

  • gdcox

    On researching  this , it turns out that the ‘no typhoon claim’ was false anyway. In 1970 a super typhoon went straight into the Davao Gulf .

     Did the huge advertising hoardings that typify Davao stay up ?

  • Rollen

    I was born in Lupon, Davao Oriental. I
    have not experienced or heard a very strong typhoon like this, Pablo.
    The 1970 typhoon did not pass Davao Oriental. It entered Davao Gulf,
    so it did not affect Davao Oriental that much. The world’s climate is
    definitely changing. Calamities are happening all over the world.
    Places that were not prone to these types of calamities like land
    slides, flooding and tsunamis, are now experiencing it. Its nothing
    new, the earth is constantly changing as usual but we are in the
    middle of the actual process this century. These changes will never
    end. Remember the land arrangement million years ago was very
    different than what it is now. We will just have to accept it and be
    prepared at all times.

    I feel for the victims and their
    families. We are praying for your health and fast recovery.

    Humans in general can always cope, this
    is the main reason we still exist while some species are already

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