the Tagaytay Tribune
Sojourn in The Philippines, 2019-2020
PHIVOLCS has noted increased tremor activity and steam/SO4 emission. Even the Filipina psychic, Mamau, predicted it would blow up on Pebrero 8! (linked somehow to the death of Kobe Bryant!). But we now know Mamau is no more certain than PHIVOLCS 😅 Regardless, it’s no way to live and we are not moving back.
It was a quiet week in Tagaytay. And rather somber.
It began and ended in Dasmariñas but we ventured mid-week to Tagaytay (Wind Residences) to assess the situation and remove our belongings.
The week also began and ended with visits to my dear young friend, Adette, the brilliant young paster of The Yahweh Church of Christ, now fighting for her life.
In our haste and optimism as we were urgently leaving Wind Residences, Carmen and I only packed for a week – three days for our evacuation, and our four days vacation in Singapore. We assumed this little Taal calamity would have returned to normal by the time we got back. Now that seems very unlikely.
As I reported at the tail end of Volume 11.1 of The TT, Taal Island Volcano began to let off some steam around 2:00 pm. I didn’t even notice anything happening outside until our building manager called to let us know there was nothing to be concerned about. Talaga!