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Doomsday group converge on hill in Surigao for end of the world

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SURIGAO CITY—Over the past several months, followers of a cult said to be led by a little-known movie actor have been converging on a hill in preparation for the beginning of what they believe will be doomsday.

Calling itself H-World, the group says Dec. 21 marks the beginning of the “Great Darkness” and the coming of the “Divine Government.” It coincides with the much-talked-about date Mayans had supposedly prophesied would be the end of the world.

“It’s the day when darkness begins to reign, when the hearts of men lose hope,” said Berano Tamayo, 60, of the self-styled quasi-military and quasi-religious organization purportedly headed by Royette Padilla, brother of local filmdom’s popular bad boy  Robin Padilla.

“The physical world would not be completely destroyed as it is, but there will be calamities and a new world order will emerge after the Great Darkness,” he said.

The settlement on the hill overlooking the Lipata Port offers natural protection against deluge and other natural disasters, Tamayo said.

Around 500 members of the group started arriving in the area in July. Most of them are from the towns of Socorro on Bucas Grande Island and Loreto on Dinagat Island.

To eke out a living, men plant vegetables and other crops while mothers raise chickens and pigs. A health committee tends to sickly children, while another team takes care of the settlement’s security.

Tamayo said a spartan way of life would save them from the coming “cleansing” of the sinners.

Norman Niez, 33, said he had to travel from his hometown of Trento in Agusan del Sur to join the group after hearing about the Dec. 21 prophecy. He brought his wife with him, believing that the hill would shelter them from calamities.

Various cults that preach doomsday thrive in Surigao del Norte, mostly on Bucas Grande and Dinagat.

Local historian Fernando A. Almeda Jr. said cults and religious sects should not be viewed with disdain.

“They’re not alone in believing that the world will eventually come to an end,” said Almeda, who earlier launched a doomsday countdown at his private museum here.

“Christians are called millenarians because we believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, as stated in the Book of Revelations,” he explained.

These prophecies should be taken with an “open mind,” he said. “We should engage and have meaningful discussions about this phenomenon and develop our minds and outlook from these shared experiences.”


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NLO2AAP3EKVA2H3FI2AM2KTGAA Jay

    Is the End of the World going to be Philippine time or U.S.standard time.The world has different time zones.

    • Mamang Pulis

      pilipino taym

      • INQ415

        so ibig sabihin LATE ang End of the World ;)

      • vince_bugaboo

        ibig sabihin, delayed?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        natawa naman ako dito, don’t worry mga pre’ baka nga masagip pa ang pinas sa doomsday.. hehehe buti sana kung late lang, eh kung hindi sumipot? eh di save na ang pinas?

    • tukmoldinako

      ha ha ha ha okay ito, Mayan ang nag predict e di delayed ito ng 16 hours eh may pilipino taym pa na -1 , isali mo yung manana habit, di isang araw ang diperensya ha ha ha ha ha
      pwedeng ibalita sa mga taga surigao na 22 pa mangyayari dahil sa time diference lol

    • Qwxyz

      parang domino effect yan bro. mauna dito sa Far East mauna kasi na mag Dec. 21, paikot yan pakanluran hanggang sa Micronesian countries sa Pacific Ocean, kaya ngayon na pumunta na sa Hawaii o sa Guam dahil sila duon ang mahuhuling tamaan, makalibre ka pa ng isang araw, sayang din kung bagong kasal ka pa lang.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NLO2AAP3EKVA2H3FI2AM2KTGAA Jay

        Pag naniwala ka sa End of the world na yan..Dude u need a hobby.Darating pa din ang Dec 22,2012 …at Xmas Dec 25,2012..

  • Mamang Pulis

    buhay pa pala ang H World ni royette…

    si rustom—ng X-men ang sasagip sa kanila na mga nabuang.

  • acquiatmanaough

    WALA KAYONG KADALA DALA SA KABULAANAN NG GRUPONG YAN, MARAMI AT HINDI LANG 2 BESE PUMAPALPAK SA MALING PREDICTION NA SUMASAGISAG NA ISANG BULAAN ANG GANYANG GRUPO AT HINDI TUNAY NA SA DIYOS. ANG TUNAY NA SA DIYOS AY HINDI PUMAPALPAK SA GANYAN BAGAY. KAYA MGA NALOKO NA MIEMBRO AY MAG ISIP ISIP NA KAYO AT KAYO RIN ANG KAWAWA SA INYONG MGA SARILING KINABUKASAN KUNG HINDI PA RIN KAYO LALAYO SA GANYANG PAMUNUAN. HINDI SA NILALAIT KAYO PERO ISIPIN NYO NAMAN KUNG PATULOY KAYONG MADADALA SA GANYANG KABULAANAN NA WALANG KONKRETONG PUNDASYON NG TUNAY NA SA LIWANAG.HINDI MAN LAMANG MARUNONG MAGBIGAY NG TAMANG NASUSULAT SA REBELASYON.

  • UrHONOR

    THERE’s no truth to the rumor …..na yong mga natalo sa RH bill ay nagsipuntahan na din doon para sumali sa grupo ng H-World.  Pero ayon sa huling ulat, hanggang ngayon DAW, hindi pa namamataan si Pabillo, Reyes, Arguelles, Cruz, at Bacani.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    “Over the past several months, followers of a cult said to be led by a little-known movie actor have been converging on a hill in preparation for the beginning of what they believe will be doomsday”….Tamang-tama yan mga kulto at para madali na kayo! Pagdating nyo sa tuktok ng hill or mountain,rarat-ratin naman kayo ng mga bala ng NPA! Mas mauuna kayo sa Doomsday na sinasabi nyo!.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CBBPG4SGSURB5V5A5BBQX4HF2Y Peter

    Surigao has the most number of cultist organization in this country, it shows they’re superstitious, ignoramus or a case of mental ailment, I’m a Surigaonon, and what a shame, a noted historian in our place believes in this highest form of stupidity.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    Is there a way to cleanse the dirty brain of Royette Padilla ,,tha brother of another sira -ulo Robin..

    • vince_bugaboo

      lobotomy. butasan mo yung bumbunan n’ya. lagyan mo ng suka at toyo yung utak n’ya then kutsarahin mo pagka-inom mo ng isang shot ng Carlos Primero. ayos ang doomsday.

  • julieboy

    Lets leave these people alone,respect their belief and just be considerate on their mental condition.At least they dont kill or still money,maybe from the followers but ok lang sila silalang naman.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2DAZWQGRABQ742P6J6XNTSLGJQ dark matter

      steal

    • Jerry Lynch

       They are from Dinagat, home of the PBMA and convicted murderer Ruben Ecleo Jr. so they ARE killing people and stealing money. They stole several thousand dollars from me.

    • tarikan

      Anong at least they don’t kill? Yung mga alipores ng PBMA nakipagbarilan sa pulis nung ina-aresto si rocker Ruben Ecleo. Maraming patay, pulis at PBMA soldiers. Si rocker Ruben, napatunayan ng korte na muderer ng asawa, ano ka? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHOO2MG76BSNSHWQIFFJRYYX7E fox

    masaya na naman mga grocery stores and malls….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJW2CHZBIO7YZ6MK3KVALX4VM4 Jhonny

    marami pa rin ang naloloko sa mga culto kagaya ng PBMA.  

  • turbogirl9

    TROUBLES

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000054207340 Mj Bercasio

    POTANG INA NYO!! DIYOS LANG MY ALAM NANG MANGYAYARI … POTA!

    • tarikan

      Kita nyo nagmumulto na si Mj B! Hindi nakapahintay ng Mayan doomsday. 

    • Ross

      seems you don’t have one

  • Isagani Gatmaitan

    I’d rather wait it out – December 21 here in the real world with the other “brother” of Robin Padilla… si Bebi G…

  • Justice Law

    UY ORAS NA MAKIPAG BET SA KANILA! MALAKING PERA YAN!

  • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

    Ibenta kaya nila ari-arian nila nang mura? Tutal patapos na din ang mundo. 

    • Ross

      cge cge… :) ibenta niyo ang lupain niyo sa amin

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2DAZWQGRABQ742P6J6XNTSLGJQ dark matter

    Bakit ba gustong-gusto nitong mga ito na magunaw ang mundo? Napakarami nang prophecy nitong nakaraan na puro palpak as expected.

    Let me give you a prophecy. Mauuna pa kayong mawala kaysa sa mundo.

  • Garo Ungaro

    We all live on borrowed time…the problem is when some go beyond it…It will always come but not on our on term?…enjoy the holidays… CHEERS!…

  • julymorning

    DAMI NA TALAGA ABNOY SA PINAS!!!

    • tukmoldinako

      hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas maraming abnoy, yung balita sa Argentina, inaakyat ng mga tao ang bundok para magpakamatay dahil dito sa doomsday, lol

      well, hindi natin sila masisisi kung ganun talaga ang level nila.

      malamang , marami ring mabubuntis mamayang gabi, para humabol sa huling araw, hahahahaha, nga naman baka totoo at makatikim man lang ng langit.

  • UrHONOR

    KUNG yon ang gusto nilamng paniwalaan, let them be.  At least medyo matino-tino naman yan kaysa doon sa mga nagsasabi na yong mga patay ay mabubuhay!  Ilang libong taon nang paulit-ulit na sinasabi yan ng kung sino-sino at marami namang naniniwala…pweo hanggang ngayon wala pang napapabalitang patay na bumangon o nabuhay.  Mas lamang ang H-World dahil ang paniwala nila ay mamamatay na sila….wala namang taong hindi mamamatay….pero yong naghihintay na mabubuhay ang patay……..

    • demonYOU

       ikaw kasi magaling bumuhay ng patay na tarugo kahit matanda siguro pinainom mo ng bayagra! ang laki siguro ng budget mo araw-araw ka kasi nanghahala!

    • demonYOU

       Tamang tama pala ang alias natin ang alias mo para sa akin (I AM HONOR) at ang alias ko naman ay para sayo(DEMON YOU!)…..

    • tarikan

      And “virgin birth”? Merun ngang na-dig na Ossuary dun sa hometown ni Jesus Christ. Ang nakasulat sabi ng mga scholars ay “James, brother of Jesus son of Joseph”. Hindi ko lang alam kung si James ay older brother. But if he was, virgin birth is debunked. Tsaka ano na lang ang relatonship ni St. Joseph and St. Mary, platonic? Bakit hindi na lang aminin na hindi na virgin si St. Mary nung ipinanganak si Jesus Christ? Wala namang masama kung aminin ang totoo, di ba?

      • Ross

        ano kinalaman sa post na sinagot mo? di mo nga alam kong older brother siya debunk na agad? tapusin mo pagbasa ng komiks before mag post dito :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Buhay pa ba si Royette? Yung kanyang mga 7-star generals? Mas mataas pa daw ang H-World sa United Nations. Ka-chikahan daw nya lagi ang PM of Canada, presidents of US at France. tsk, tsk.

    • tarikan

      Gen. Royette, Bebe Bayaghari, Robin “Hadji” Padilla? It runs in the family.

      • PasswordFlame

        parang the good,the bad and the ugly.ang tanong kung sino yung good..jst kdng..

  • WTFMFP

    Bunch of idiots…

  • $37644997

    For as long as you beleive in the second coming of Jesus the christ,your heart is lock in not to accept any other opinions written or not written even with your open mind.It’s been way over two thousand years and Lord Jesus never showed a sign.Open up your hearts and minds and must understand that the Bible was not written 100 % accuracy.Jesus is not coming the second time around and if he is ,he’ll probably be crucified the second time.
    The universal language of God is a dream,try to pray and bring about a dream that a dream maker in Heaven will make you.

  • Jerry Lynch

    The people who have been arriving from Dinagat Province are either PBMA or
    rebels from PBMA who split from the Ecleo clan. They are all nutjobs. Dinagat is officially 98.5% PBMA and that cult is led by the fugitive convicted murderer Ruben Ecleo Jr. There you have an idea of the intelligence level and maturity the of people you are talking about.

  • kilawon(the return)

    maybe these wowowee people are preparing for  the second coming of “ECLEO” tsk

  • http://twitter.com/LokalBrownies vin reyes

    busit talaga mga “commentators” na to..hindi na lang pabayaan yung paniniwala ng iba..tsk! tsk! mga pilipino talaga karamihan pasaway din..pasalamat kayo kung hindi magka-tutoo..pero kung sakaling totoo nga mga paniniwala nila..pano na..mangangatyaw pa rin kaya kayo o baka isa na rin kayo sa mga natataranta di malaman ang gagawin..sabagay masaya yon..hehe

  • GreenStallion

    Haay… “Even the Son of God nor the angels in heaven doesn’t know the second coming of Christ, no one knows except God the Father” Isn’t this clear? 

  • catmanjohn

    Escapism at its finest desperation.

  • joboni96

    ‘physical world would not be completely destroyed as it is, but there will be calamities’

    anong nagbago
    dati ng nangyayari yan

    buti na lang
    wala pang tao noon
    sa past earth calamities

    at buti rin siguro
    at the rate we are destroying earth
    due to our greed

    we will not be here to witness
    future cataclysmic events

    stay connected with god
    the only beacon we have
    in this unfathomable world

    but not through other persons
    out for selfish ends
    using god

    if you believe in this
    go help the least of god’s brethren
    everyday

    do not donate to me

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    “There’s a sucker born every minute” – (commonly credited to p.t. barnum)

  • tarikan

    Robin Padilla, ano na nangyari sa pamilya nyo? Royette claimed he was a general of the United Nations command or something then came Bebe Bayaghari, the former Rustom Padilla. Is this rally in the family? Punta ka na sa mga brothers mo sa Mindanao. Maásallahmah.

  • wofie

    kalahati lang daw ng mundo magugunaw yun parteng north lang lols

  • Ross

    may nag-tweet ng mayan, delayed muna daw… maybe next year :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    end of the world is a hoax, filipinos are generally easy to convince, without doubt. so is our voters also they are not educated whom to vote but they just follow the popular trapo candidates in which they give in return for the dole outs.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/67MNKU7JSBV35RO7ROKB6G64JI fishy_jojo

      keep your generalizations to yourself. ang sabi nga diyan sa balita ay limang daan lang ang kasapi nila.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

         I do not agree with you. if you read well it said that 500 started arriving in the area last july.

    • Karabukov

      Well, tomorrow we’ll know for sure if you’re right.

  • Paliwaweng

    napakarami pa ding normal ang kabaliwan sa atin. Kunsabagay, and mga obispo nga  sinabing kaya madaming namatay sa bagyong Pablo ay dahil ginusto ng dyos dahil sa pagsangayon ng gobyerno na maipasa ang RH Bill
    Mga doctor of divinity pa ang degree ng mga yan.
    Mga taga Surigao pa kaya?

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Get over it, dude. Your bill already won.

  • kismaytami

    Sana uminom sila sabay-sabay ng insecticide para mabawas-bawasan ang mga utu-uto sa Pilipinas, gayundin na mabawas-bawasan ang mga utu-utong botante.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CBBPG4SGSURB5V5A5BBQX4HF2Y Peter

    For the information of the reading public, members of PBMA all over the country are now converging in San Jose, Dinagat Province, as they believe it is the only place that will not be destroyed by the coming end of the world. The boulevard n Surigao City,where the wharf, is situated are full of people, passengers waiting for a motor launch to fetch them to the holy land of San Jose. Business here is booming as people here are stockpiling goods for the coming deluge. So, if you want to be saved, be a member of the PBMA then go to San Jose,and you’ll be spared by the coming ‘end of the world.’ And for your information, 99% of the Surigaonons are NOT members of this cult, its the people outside Surigao del Norte who are member-fanatics, accdg. to kismatami (see his post below) mga uto-utong botante.

  • Mike Henry French

    OMG…their brains are rotting

  • Karabukov

    I don’t want to be there when it happens.

    (to borrow from Woody Allen)

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    “We should engage and have meaningful discussions about this phenomenon and develop our minds and outlook from these shared experiences.”

    There’s no way that I’ll discuss the end of the world with loonies.

  • w33k3nd3r

    It’ll end in Filipino time– late; about a few more centuries late.

    • Karabukov

      Magdilang anghel ka nawa.

  • batangpaslit

    Signs of the End Times (Book of Matthew)

    24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
    3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
    4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
    9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
    15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
    22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
    26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
    29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
    “‘the sun will be darkened,and the moon will not give its light;the stars will fall from the sky,and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]
    30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
    32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

    The Day and Hour Unknown
    36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
    42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
    45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000534399946 Francis Andrada

    hahaha! kailangan nila rehab! LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    Pano pag di natuloy, magpapakamatay sila kagaya ng ginawa ng mga kultong Heaven’s Gate. Okay yan para mabawasan ng mga sira ulo sa mundo at ang populasyon ng Pilipinas.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    Mga Padilla brothers, puro may mga sira yata tuktok. Yung isa pinatay na ang pagkatao at pinalitan ng BB, yung isa naging Moro, at ito naman ulo ng kulto. Puro mga sira nga.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Calling movie producer’s: This could be a box office hit film. Suggested title: THE FOOLS on THE HILL.



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