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Doomsday watch launched in Surigao

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SURIGAO CITY—A countdown has been launched here in the run-up to the Dec. 21 “doomsday” prophecy—the day when the end of the world is supposed to come.

Local historian Fernando A. Almeda on Wednesday said he had organized “end-of-the-world” group discussions but stressed his aim was not to sow panic.

“We want to foster critical thinking, to encourage discussions from a diverse set of beliefs and persuasions,” Almeda said. “This way, we can liberate our minds from superstition and parochialism.”

Predictions that the end of the world will come on Dec. 21, 2012, can be traced to theories suggesting that a cataclysmic event will occur on that date. The date is said to mark the end of the ancient Mayan calendar.

The Maya people were part of an ancient civilization. The Maya empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century.

Historians have dismissed the prediction, saying the event merely signaled the end of a time cycle and the beginning of a new epoch in the now extinct Mayan civilization.

World to end at 7 p.m.

Almeda runs a private museum, the Museo Nan Surigao, where he has gathered his small staff to start the countdown. The countdown began in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Located along the city boulevard, the museum houses World War II artifacts, as well as a collection of precious stones and minerals found in the Caraga region.

Almeda said the museum would now serve as the “End of the World” headquarters, “where intellectual exchanges on the end of the world will take place.”

He said he picked this day as the launch date because “we are eight hours ahead of the rest of the world.”

“The Mayans have predicted the end of their calendar (interpreted as the ‘End of the World’) 11 a.m (GMT), or Dec. 21, 2012, or 7 p.m. (local time) 2012,” the retired government employee posted on Facebook.

Nothing new

Almeda said he planned to invite members from Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands, as well as religious and professional groups, to discuss their views on the end of the world.

A historian who has authored several books on the history of Surigao province, Almeda said doomsday scenarios were nothing new to local residents, a number of whom are members of cultish groups that typically flourish in island municipalities.

One such group existed in the 1920s on Bucas Grande Islands near the surfing mecca of Siargao.

“The cult leader, Sinon Lagbas, ordered his members to plant massive amounts of abaca so that the ropes that can be produced from the plant can prevent the world from tilting from its axis,” Almeda said, adding this was the first recorded end-of-the-world scenario in the province.

To prove he was not taking the Mayan prophecy seriously, Almeda said he would also organize a postdoomsday forum where different groups would discuss ways to “save the world from the real dangers wrought by destructive human activities.”

“If the world comes to an end, it will happen because of illegal mining, illegal logging and other abuses to our Mother Nature,” he said.

Illegal mining and illegal logging activities have been blamed for the huge death toll that Typhoon “Pablo” recently inflicted on Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur.

Experts around the world have debunked the doomsday myth—hence there is no need to build giant arks to escape from the terrible floods. Though the Mayas made prophecies, they looked at events in the near future and these were related to day-to-day concerns like rain, droughts or harvests, they said.


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Tags: doomsday , Fernando A. Almeda , Mayan Calendar , Prophecy , Surigao City


  • farmerpo

    CountDown sa Kalokohan. Bakett nasa PDI? Banner pa? 

  • noelpdavid

    GREEDY, POWER HUNGRY NATIONS WILL END THE WORLD. WWIII IT WILL BE. NUCLEAR AND OTHER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. NOTHING CAN BE MORE REALISTIC THAN THIS.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MV4JC4DEGZJQKBIJMWEZ4KOKRE Arnel

      It already happened in Sodom and Gomorrah.  The sulphur represents nuclear bombs and missiles exploding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

    So many predictions come and go and the earth is still the same.  However its just good to be prepared.  Live a normal life trusting and believing God that He is always in control.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJDHYTRF4O2EQF26RPUNC5NPUY Riza

    I wish some group or civilization would predict the end of stupidity.

  • rodben

    Ang tanging sisisra ng Mundo ay tao at kapwa planeta..pagnangyari yon kawawa na naman yong mga kaluluwa ng mga mahihirap na Pinoy, di tiyak kong sa Impierno or heaven mapupunta, pero yong mga nakakaraming Politiko at mga matataas na tungkulin sa Gobyerno tiyak mga kaluluwa nila mayroon ng kalalagyan..

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Actually,  this Sinon Lagbas was on to something in the 1920s.  Just think about it.  If the planet somehow lost its beat dancing round the sun and begun either drifting off to the great void,  or worst, diving into the solar furnace, we needed something to pull us back.  What better place than the moon?  We tie ropes round it, pull read hard, and we are back to orbit. I swear this idea might land me a Nobel prize!

    This Doomsday Watch is really a novel idea.  But it’s just a waste of time.  Everybody knows the world isn’t ending on Dec.21, 2012.   It’s on August 14, 2014!  Or, two years after my birthday this year (in the Middle East, where I’ve been celebrating it for many, many years without booze),  for by that time I’d be home in the Philippines, that gives me enough time to catch up on my drinking.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Nice parody there, bro! >: D

    • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

      I believe they misinterpreted the End of the World prediction by Dec 21,  2012 it should have been many more years from now the date rather is: Dec 21, 21 21 where technology shall be further enhance there will be flying vehicles/cars are but ordinary scene at all advance countries in the world? Private commercial Airplanes traveling at very high speed faster than sound and can land/take off anywhere. Everyone are using supper computers, works are automated, structures will be build underwater, underground, aboveground, roads will be skyways, going outerspace is just ordinary day to day activities. That’s the time the world will end as it has been written for Human intelligence has gone too far, far beyond what GOD’s had allowed far beyond the dangerous  limits!

  • tonyoks

    well, for those who perished during “Pablos” short reign of terror, end of the world na para sa kanila yun…confirmed po yun at predicted with 100% accurracy pa…

    wag naman sanang maulitan pa…

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    IT IS JUST A SCAMS DOOMSDAY IN DEC 21, 2012…..

    KEEP FAITH TO GOD……

    KESA MAGPAPANIWALA KA SA GANYAN………..

    GOD AND JESUS AND MOTHER MARY LIGHTS AND MIRACLE, LIGHTS AND BLESS YOU ALL….

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000362227230 James Calumpag

    i hope it will happen.



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