Essay: After the floods and above the clouds, a golden view

BASCO, BATANES – Days after the onslaught of Typhoons ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng’, I am here in the ‘Land of Winds’ upon the kind invitation of the Batanes Mountaineers and their president and most generous host William Antonio and with the support of SEAIR. The powerful Dornier aircraft dispelled any doubts that our flight would be delayed, and we cruised steadily amid the improving weather in Luzon. By the time we landed in Basco, the weather was beautiful.

The sights along the way, however, were saddening. Rivers were swollen and muddy, with the sea absorbing mud and silt. From the sky, one can can see the extent of damage that Typhoons ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng’ had wrought. Just yesterday I posted about Mt. Pulag and other Cordillera mountains being inaccessible due to landslides that have disrupted transportation.

There was however, one uplifting sight I saw along the way. As our plane flew past the Cordillera mountains, I happened to look from the window, and lo and beyond: Mt. Pulag! Our dear Mt. Pulag – its summit giving off a golden, radiant glow, ever majestic. The roads to Pulag may be closed, but the mountain itself is there, enduring and ever-beautiful, a testament to the strong Filipino spirit that will see us through whatever adversity we face.

Quickly I grabbed my camera and captured the splendid sight – the first time I saw Pulag from above. After the floods and above the clouds, I have faith that a golden view awaits all of us.

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14 years 7 months ago

Sir Gid, grabe yung mga landslides dito sa Cordillera. Nung fun climb namin sa Cabuyao last Oct. 10 more than 10 landslides ang nadaanan namin on the way to the jumpoff point kahit sa mismong trail. Lalo na nung pauwi kami, on the road to home alone mga 15+ na yung landslides na nadaanan namin. Boulders of all sizes ang nakita namin, nakakalungkot kasi yung mga residents ng area e hirap na hirap lalo na dun sa mga populated areas na maraming magsasaka. Kahit yung gasoline supply ng generator ng radar kailangan bitbitin ng mga porters para lang mapaandar yung radar. Makikita mo talaga yung impact na iniwan ng bagyo sa nearby communities. Dagdag pa dun sir e andaming kalat sa Cabuyao na iniwan ng mga turistang nagcamp dun. Nakakahiya, to think na dating burial grounds yung kweba dun sa Cabuyao. Anayways sir salamat sa site nyo, daming benefits sa pagbabasa ng mga blog entries at mga articles na ginawa nyo. More power sir, sana makasama namin kayo sa climbs namin dito sa Cordilleras balang araw.

14 years 7 months ago

sir, what's the brown thing at the summit of mt pulag? never been there actually, but shouldn't it be all green as a mountain is suppose to be?