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Pasko Ng Pagkabuhay 2016

This year’s Holy Week made me see Marikina as a Modern City with an old soul.

Since staycation is my thing this lent, i tried my best to participate in the Catholic Celebrations in our town, Marikina. Yes town, because i still feel the provincial vibe in every corner of the City. It’s pretty much suburban here, being in the outskirts of the National Capital Region. But other than its geographical location, Marikina is home to the oldest catholic families in the country, with one of the century old churches in the Philippines, leading their faith. The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, AKA Santuario Y Parroquia del Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados; in its Spanish Era Days and Dambana at Parokya ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon in Filipino. (Teddy Locsin Jr. wont approve of the last.)

Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
Our Lady of the Abandoned Church

I had shared the Good Friday Procession. Now this is what I got from the Salubong, the morning mass, where Mary meets her son Jesus after He resurrects from the dead. It started at around 3:30 in the morning, followed by a stage play where the Images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary meet with the participation of angels as performed by the local kids.

A mass then followed where the Tres Marias, three of the most beautiful devout catholics joined in their gorgeous terno. The priest then blessed all the participants, followed by the blessing of the saints to be paraded around the community for the last time this season.

Thanks to the devout Catholic families that keep Marikina’s tradition of faith, this “Prusisyon” in Marikina remains to be one of the most participated an praised, keeping the soul of the city for the next generations to live with.

Here are the “Santo” that went around for the “Prusisyon” this Pasko ng Pagkabuhay.


Ang Prusisyon ng Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Marikina

Huling Hapunan Last Supper
Huling Hapunan/Last Supper ang isa sa ipinagmamalaking showcase ng prusisyon dahil dito makikita sa isang karo si Jesus at ang kanyang labindalawang apostol.

Ang Prusisyon ng OLA, o ng Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church sa San Roque Marikina CIty ang isa sa pinakaaabangang highlight ng Semana Santa dahil sa napakaraming santong ipinaparada ng simbahan sa nasasakupan nito.

Elementary ako noong una akong nakanood ng mga ganito. May mga pagkakataon pa nga noon na umilaw kami, o sumama sa parada na may dalang kandila. Pagandahan pa yata kami sa paglalagay ng pansalo sa mga luha ng kandila. Minsan, yung cup na binutas, pero madalas, karton na ginupit na bilog at binutasan lang para suksukan ng kandila. Matapos naman ang parada, may pakain ang may-ari ng mga more than life-size na santo. Unahan na rin kami sa pagkuha ng mga bulaklak na ginamit para gayakan ang mga karo. Iyung mga bulaklak na iyon naman ang ilalagay namin sa altar namin sa bahay.

Our Lady Of The Abandoned Procession Good Friday (1)
Naghahanda na ang mga sakristan at mga lalaking manggagawa ng simbahan para sa pag-uumpisa ng prusisyon ng Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Marikina.

Nito ngang Good Friday ng 2016 mahigit 70 ang nakasakay sa pinalamutiang mga karo at umikot sa Calumpang, San Roque, Sta Elena at Sto Nino. Alas Cinco kami umalis ng bahay dahil sabi, 6pm daw ang start. Pero 5:30 pa lang, umaalis na ang mga Karo sa Simbahan. Binaybay namin kung saan ang simula, at umabot kami sa pagbaba ng tulay ng Marikina. Doon nga naghihintay ang mga tao sa pagsapit ng Alasais para magsimula na..

Umusad ang prusisyon at gumalaw na ang mga nagtutulak ng karo. May kanya-kanyang dasal ng rosaryo ang iba. May mga wireless mic na at hindi na maingay ang mga generator ng nagpapailaw sa parada. Madami na ang nabago dahil sa teknolohiya.

Madami ang mga taong  umilaw sa mga santo. Pero mas marami ang mga taong nanonood na lang at kumukuha ng pictures ng parada. Isa na kami sa mga may dalang camera. O dalawa kami, kaya’t may mga kuha ditong mula sa Sony Xperia at sa IPhone. Narito ang mga nakuhaan namin. I’m proud to say na wala kaming na-miss.




10 Reasons Why it Floods in Manila

10 Reasons Why It Floods in Manila.

It’s the rainy season once again and we face the yearly problem of flooding in Metro Manila. I keep getting calls from broadcast media asking for interviews about the problem, its historical origins and urban redevelopment solutions. Giving these interviews I feel like a broken record enumerating the reasons for floods in the metropolis, so I figure it would be good just to list them once and for all. This list may not contain all the reasons but these, in my opinion, are the major ones:

  1. It floods because it rains. The rains and the typhoons that bring them have increased in magnitude. Yes, it’s Climate Change. To deny this is futile. It’s here now and makes all historical flood levels well, history. The paths of typhoons have also become unpredictable (not that we have enough weather men to predict them—many of our good ones have left for better-paying jobs overseas). Typhoons now cross parts of the archipelago that did not use to have them regularly and so people are caught unprepared. Despite these changes in patterns, Metro Manila still gets dumped with rain, especially since its total area, and population in this area, is equivalent or larger than most provinces and many regions in the country.
  2. It floods because of population and urbanization. Metro Manila has a population of 12 million and counting. Urbanization, specifically urban sprawl is a manifestation of all these millions living together and needing houses, buildings, roads, parking lots and infrastructure. All these cover ground that used to be open and which used to be able to absorb much of the storm water that fell on the metropolis. In our lifetimes we’ve seen fringes of the metropolis gobbled up and transformed from cogon and rice fields to thousands of subdivisions, hundreds of shops and malls, hectares of paved-over parking lots, dozens of business districts. All this hard covering serves to channel all the storm water much faster into an already inadequate drainage system designed decades ago when the reality was much more open land and much less rain. The open ground before served to mitigate the volume of rain that flowed into these drains, esteros and our rivers. We also had more plant cover and trees in the metropolis to help sop up all this water. Our previously open parks are now covered too with all manner of government buildings or basketball courts and parking lots.
  3. It floods because the rain comes down from denuded uplands. Metro Manila floods come from elevated surrounding regions, all the way up to the Sierra Madres. There, we have lost almost all of our original forest cover from illegal logging. All this forest cover lost makes millions of hectares of upland a bald watershed that flows freely into the metropolis. This situation is repeated around almost all major urban areas in the country. The source is upstream and this is where solutions should start, although it is among the longest-term solutions. We need to recover our forest cover to reduce the amount of rain that floods our low-level metropolis.
  4. 4. Metro Manila is not only low but it is sinking. Ground water extraction due to deep wells is causing major areas of the metropolis to sink. The north section of CAMANAVA and the southern cities from Pasay onwards have sunk from a foot to over a meter and this has made those areas more vulnerable to floods and storm surges. Scientists have pointed to the fact that this flattening has increased the reach of storm surges from the seaside to as much as twenty kilometers inland. So we get it from both ends in a perfect storm—from the mountains and from the sea. The ground is also sinking due to the weight of all that concrete, buildings and infrastructure mentioned in reason no. 2 above.
  5. It floods because we have less drainage than before. Reports have it that we have lost almost half of our metropolitan esteros and canals. We used to have over forty kilometers of them and now we only have about twenty. Many have been lost to development, disappearing without a trace (now it regularly floods where they used to be of course).
  6. It floods because many of those esteros, canals and waterways of our metropolis we have left are chock-full of informal settlers. Because there are no alternatives for low-income mass housing, desperate people settle in desperate areas. These settlements have little by way of solid waste management and sewers. All these go to the waterways, filling many of them so solid that dogs can cross over them. And we wonder why it floods. Many of these drainage ways and easements were identified in the several master plans made for Manila and Quezon City. Planners over half a century ago had allocated as much as 50 meters of space on either side of these but greed set in and these easements disappeared and what little was left are now our favelas teeming with millions.
  7. It floods because the main flood control system started in the 70s was never completed. The Manggahan floodway was only one half of the picture. It was meant to channel floodwater into Laguna de Bai. The lake was meant only as a holding area and the excess water was to have been flushed from there to Manila Bay via the Paranaque spillway. That spillway was never built. To build it now would cause trillions and urban sprawl has seen its path covered with more millions of people and thousands of structures.
  8. It floods because what little left of our drains and flood control infrastructure is ill-maintained. Reaching many of them is a problem because of informal settlements. Overlapping jurisdictions of local and national agencies conspire to dissipate responsibility and funding for this vital task of ensuring our drains are unclogged and free. It’s just like homeowners not cleaning their gutters of debris before a rainy season. When the typhoons come the gutters overflow.
  9. It floods because urban development is un-planned and unfettered. Mega-developments that see clusters of 30-40 story towers on retail podiums surrounded by hectares of parking cause havoc in districts planned with drainage infrastructure meant for low-density development. Because there is a lack of planning context (actually a lack of any planning at all) all drainage, road and traffic infrastructure is useless to carry the additional load—that’s why most flooded areas are also traffic-clogged.
  10. The final reason it floods in this short list (and there are many other reasons) is politics. Metro Manila is made up of 16 cities and one town (Pateros). Floods do not respect political boundaries and will flow from one city to the next yet we continue to address flooding (as well as all other urban problems) within the confines of individual LGUs. It does not make sense. Politics also conspires to keep informal settlers where they are because they represent votes. The overlapping jurisdictions is also exacerbated by another layer—that of national government and yet a third layer on top of these, that of the MMDA. The ultimate fourth layer of discord is the fact that the source of floods is beyond the political jurisdiction of Metro Manila and in the hands of the provinces around it. Any sustainable solution to flooding must be at this regional context and the assumption that, within the metropolis, governance is rationalized to address this one big problem as one effort, not the uncoordinated effort of seventeen government units, the MMDA and national agencies. Politics has divided and conquered us …and it is also drowning us in yearly and constant floods.

Feedback is welcome. Please email the writer at paulo.alcazaren@gmail.com.

Paulo Alcazaren
City Sense
June 2011

reposted from is facebook page

May Gaaaad, God, You Are So… God!

Kasi naman God, aminin mo, ang close na natin lately. Medyo clingy ka rin, ayaw mong hindi kita naaalala. Kaya naman ngayon, my god, kahit sa pagpara palang ng taxi, tinatawag na kita. Like, My God, sana naman, isakay ako ng taxi na ito hanggang Marikina at huwag naman sanang humingi ng dagdag ang driver, please!

Pero alam naman nating pragmatic lang ang relasyon natin, kailangan kita, ganyan. Hindi ko nga alam kung kailangan mo ako. Medyo one way ang communication natin. Mag-a-ask ako, tapos hindi ko naman alam kung anong plano mo. But that’s okay. Minsan naman kasi, ikaw ang nauuna, walang paalam, walang pagbabadya, walang hint. Like hala, buntis si Hasmin. Naka RH Bill kaya kami kaya naman anlaking tawa ko. Parang My God, hello there, joke ba ito? Iyun, nakatulog ako sa kakatawa. Totoo, alam mo yan god. At alam mo rin na Hasmin thought the same. But unlike me na tumawa, siya umiyak. Lagot ka, pinaiyak mo si Hasmin. Pero okay na naman siya. Pareho na kaming ngayong rumarapor sa iyo para gawing healthy ang second baby namin paglabas. Na sana sakto ang daliri, like ten sa kamay at ten sa paa, at sana kumpelto lahat and all, atsaka gawin mo siyang matalino at mabait at mayaman.

Hindi kasi simple ang scheduling mo sa pagbibigay sa amin kay codename U2. Tyempo talagang September siya lalabas ha, though I am not praying na manganak si Hasmin any earlier. Check na kami god sa mid to third week ng September. Kahit na Septemeber ang schedule nina Ondoy and Pepeng at ng mga bagyong nakikipagpalakasan ng powers with you, go na kami sa September. Okay na kaming mag maternity leave si Hasmin sa house ng kanyang parents, at least, walang threat ng pagbaha. Or meron din.

Very preggy Mommy Hush and I. Refugee with Euan sa House sa Palengke malapit sa set ng Bourne Legacy

Kasi naman god, nag-21 meters naman ang Marikina River nitong major habagat this August. Aminin mo, 2 meters na lang, Ondoy another na naman ito for Marikina. Pero of course, thankful kami na we survived that, May Gaaad, God, paka busy mo rin those days ha. I bet nangarag ka rin sa paghahanap ng off button ng “end of the world” and congratulations, napindot mo naman just in time. Though parang na-hatsing ka at may second wave.

Bahay namin yung medyo kakulay ng bahay ang gate. at iyun, kitang-kita naman mula sa picture nina Aling Nida na lubog ang gate naming floor to ceiling… fan.

Iyun naman, kasama ang pamilya naming sa mga panikero nung second wave ng baha just the next day. Bumaba na ang ilog. Kaya naman nilabas na naming ang mga sofa, lamesa, washing machine at iba pang naisalba para naman mahugasan na ang putik. E iyun, tumaas ulit ang baha, ba-bye furniture.

Well, ganito lang naman tayo, rapor-rapor, hihingi ako, tapos wait lang awhile. Minsan bibigay mo, minsan, hintay-hintay din. Basta, ang award ha, this August na yata iyun, akin na iyun. Na-claim ko na. Ibigay mo na ples. At thank you na rin. Hindi lang naman ito para sa akin kundi para sa sambayanang Pilipino. So God ha, daily ko na ito hinihingi sa iyo. At kine-claim ko na, hindi na ako nagte-take ng no for an answer. Nagte-take na lang ng note. Or notes. Ahahahaha!

Pero parang lagging may nakikipagsabayang  concern ditto sa award na ito. Yung tipong, kahit huwag na iyung award, pagalingin mo na lang ang tatay ko, and pababain ang bill sa hospital. Pero yung award na rin. Kaya mo namang isabay iyun sa health ni Daddy. Kasi naman talaga, hindi pa nga kami nakakabalik sa putik infested house, e na-stroke naman si Papa. May Gaaad naman God, you’re such a…God.

At aminin mo, na-best din ang dasal naming nun. Ratsada agad kami ni Mama sa motor niya para makarating sa St. Vincent Hospital, kasi naman, si Mama, walang cashing. At ang St. Vincent Hospital ay back to the movies of the seventies to nineties. Yung hindi mag-a-admit ng walang deposit. Thank you God at kakasweldo lang at ang limang libo, naghello at nagba-bye na lang sa BDO, then sa kamay ko. Hindi man lang naromansa ng wallet ko. Well, inisip ko na lang na private hospital naman kasi ito, kaya pinayagan ng gobyerno. Siguro sa mga Public/Government Hospital ay gagamutin muna ang pasyente bago singilin, which is makatao, mabuti, marangal, positibo at walang intensyong maging ganid na pamamaraan. Pero bakit ako magtitiwala sa isang government hospital na hindi pinupuntahan ng mga government officials kapag nagkasakit sila? Si GMA nga, namahala sa Pilipinas, pero sa abroad pa nangangarap magpagamot. Diba God, that’s not fair, and God, ikaw na ang bahala sa kanya and the likes.

So enough about that, isusulong ko ang bill na iyan kapag senador na ako. But for now, tuloy ang kwento sa aking tatay na si Jompong sa ospital ng St Vincent. There. Dahil nga na-stroke, kailangang malaman ang damages sa brain na naganap. My God, gusto ng mama ko na ipagpasaiyo na lang ang mga nangyayari dahil natatakot siya sa gastos nang marinig na kailangan ang CTScan. Pero may I ask naman si Nurse, iyun, tupayb lang naman daw. Well, God, ambait mo rin at na-timing sa sweldo ko ang situation. SO iyun, 2-5 lang pala, go na tayo mama. Then sabi ni Nurse, kailangan pong i-ambulansya. Okay naman ako. Then entra na naman si Nurse. 5 thousand po ang ambulansya. Ay Ate, nasaan ang CTScan, nasa Hong Kong? God, niloloko ba ako nito? Apparently not. Other than the 5k, kailangang bayaran ang nurse at doctor na sasama pati na rin ang oxygen tank. Wow.

Mabuti na lang God at you move in mysterious ways. Just like love. Or are you love? Because if so, are you blind? And if you’re blind, are you justice as well? Maybe in another world, but not in the Philippines. Para kasing walang hustisya para sa pasyente ang naganap na perahan. Kung hindi lang maparaan si Mama at nakakuha ng Ambulansyang libre, at isinama na lang naming ang pinsan kong doctor. At iyun naman, with you’re mysterious ways, hindi rin naming alam kung saan nahagilap ni Mama ang ambulance. Akshali, ansaya ko kasi makakasakay ako ng ambulance na hindi ako pasyente. I’m gonna experience that adrenaline rush kapag mabilis na itong tumatakbo at nagwawangwang. Baka mapa Diyos ko ako sa bilis.

Napa-Diyos ko naman ako. O di-ba God, from Taxi to ambulance, natatawag kita. Pero this time e My God, ambagal. Parang sinusunod nila ang speed limit sa Commonwealth. Pero okay naman, wala akong reklamo, mas may reklamo pa ang mga staff ng ambulance, na kasi kailngan nilang magmadali. Apparently, isa na lang ang ambulance na rumoronda sa buong Marikina. Tatlo daw dati, pero dahils aHabagat, nabaha ang dalawa. Kaya itong isa na lang ang nagagamit. So iyun God, tulungan mo naman ang Health Office ng Marikina. Sana may ma-touch ka na heart at tumulong sa Oplan Ambulance na ito.

ang sabi lang ng nanay ko, “Kapit-Bisig!” maraming salamat sa Be Careful With My Heart for being an inspiration to our family, especially my Mom.

Na-touch din naman kasi ako God sa result ng CTScan. Wala namang pumutok na ugat sa utak. At iyun, medaling makaka-recover si Daddy sabi ng Doctor. Pero God, ang recovery ni Daddy ay nakikipag-unahan sa bill. Wala namang problema, alam ko namang mayaman ako at kayak o itong bayaran. Hello, ang friendly ko kaya. Para saan pa God at binigyan mo ako ng maraming friends, kung hindi ko sila gagamitin. Haha, cheka lang, pero text ko na lang sa inyo ang bank account ko. Patak-patak na tayo in a while.

Talaga naman din kasing todo sa pagpatak ang metro sa Hospital. At tulad ng Taxi, God, bakit ganito? Ang St Vincent, may nalalaman pang Red Tag. Stop is the meaning of this? Kapag umabot na ng P25,000, kailangan ng magbayad dahil kung hindi, stop production ang gamot at laboratory ng pasyente.

Hala God, why are they doing this?

Syempre, ako, bayad na muna bago reklamo. May God, salamat at pinadalhan mo ako ng credit card na dalawang taon ko nang hindi ginagamit, dahil nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob na magtanong in a class A tono ng pananalita.

Ate, ano ba itong Red Tag na ito?

Explain si Ate. Iyun nga, kapag umabot ng 25K, kailangang i-settle nga or else.

So ibig sabihin, kung hindi ako nakabayad, hindi bibigyan ng gamot ang dad ko?

Bibigyan naman po, pero kailangan nap o ninyong bilhin ng cash ang gamot ditto sa pharmacy.

So kung wala po akong pambili, kunwari lang. Kunwari lang ha, alam naman ninyong meron, hindi mabibigyan ng gamot ang tatay ko?

Kasi po sir, may mga pasyente po na lumalaki ang bill, tapos iyun, makakalabas na na hindi nakakabayad.

Oh, so hindi nga mabibigyan ng gamot ang tatay ko? Kailan poi to na-implement?

Last year pa po?

Is this even legal?

Legal naman po?

Naman? So hindi kayo sure? Tipong, deeling rin ninyo in yourself na “hindi makatarungan” Well, sulat ko na lang ito sa blog ko, blogger kasi ako.

Iyun naman, medyo hindi ko na siya binigyan ng time maka-explain. Parang hindi naman niya magagawan ng paraan ang problema ko. Pero anlakas makapressure sa mga kausap ang salitang “blogger ako!”

Thank you God  for making me a blogger. Kahit iilan lang ang nakakabasa nito, kine-claim ko na blogger ako. And I know, you’ll help me spread my word. Though come to think of it, kung gusto mong kumalat ang words mo, dapat naging blogger ka na lang din. Cheka lang God. I love you po.

Iyun po God, medyo mahaba-haba na itong parang prayer na ito. Alam mo naman kasi na pag prayer mode natin, pag mga discussions natin sa gabi e hindi na ako umaabot sa page three, tulog na ako, at may nakakasingit pang ibang pantasya rated SPG in the process. E ito, page four na ako MS Word. Ipo-post ko pa ito sa blog. Thanks again God, at tulad nang lagi kong sabi sa iyo, ikaw na ang bahala. I’ve done my best, ikaw na sa rest. And I rest my case.

Gener: Paano pa Kung Naging Genest?

10:32 p.m., 29 July 2012

E yung mas malaki pa sa Pilipinas ang Bagyong Gener. Kaya naman pala habang ginagawa ko ito e naririnig ko ang bubong namin na kumakalampag again. Mabuti na lang at hindi ito USB, you can now safely remove.


Jam-jam lang tayo ha, or hindi na rin. Na lift na kasi ang yellow warning at ginawa nang green. Hindi ko alam kung ukol saan ito. Nawa’y makatulong ang larawang ito

Legend of PAGASA’s color-coded warning signals, which may be issued through Twitter, the media, and coordination with the local government:


Anyway, sa mga kababayan ko dito sa Marikina na nag-aalala sa taas ng Ilog… Marikina, e payapa pa naman po. 14.50 m pa lang ang ilog, which is half a meter away pa lang sa unang level ng pagkalarma. To check it for yourself, labas ka ng bahay at punta sa ilog with your payon gand flashlight. Or click ka na lang here

Marikina River Water Level

Para malaman ang kalagayan ng Bagyo, like hello Bagyo, How are you? Ganyan, ang call center to get to them is via PAG-ASA DOST with this number 433- ULAN (433-8526) ito ang kanilang 24 hour hotline na talagang todong nag-iinit tuwing umuulan. Alam na.

At ito ang ilang Emergency Hotlines na magagamit sa mga panahong ito. Or some other days, basta may emergency.

National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) hotlines: (02) 911-1406, (02) 912-2665, (02) 912-5668

Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol: 117 or send TXT PNP to 2920

Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR): (02) 729-5166, (02) 410-6254, (02) 431-8859, (02) 407-1230 

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) hotline: 7890 or 0918-8848484

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Metrobase hotline: 136

MMDA Flood Control: 882-4177, 882-0925

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH): (02) 304-3713

Red Cross hotline: 143, (02) 911-1876

North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) hotlines: (02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines: (0920) 96-SCTEX (72839)

Skyway System Hotline: (02) 776-7777, 0915-6256231, 0939-5006910 

South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) hotline: 0908-8807539

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hotline: (02) 433-8526

Philippine Coast Guard:  (02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, 0917-724-3682, 0917-PCG-DOTC

Local government units (partial)

Manila Traffic Hotline – 527-3087

Cainta Traffic Hotline – 646-0044, 655-7368 loc. 164

Las Piñas Traffic – 874-5756, 874-3957, 874-3927

Mandaluyong Hotline – 534-2993

Taguig Traffic – 838-4301 loc. 7112

Marikina STOC – 646-1651

Pasig Traffic – 643-0000, 724-5813

Makati Public Safety Dept – 844-3146, 819-3270

[Courtesy of: Gov.ph]

Iyun naman, inga-ingat tayo ngayong gabi. Hindi ko lang alam kung paano gagawin yun dahil natutulog naman tayo. Pero ang best ay magdasal at stay positive na lang.