A Farmer’s Fading Hope for Humanity

NOTE: This story was written last April 30, 2017.

Sporting red puffy eyes, seven-month pregnant Annalyn Luna silently cried while she reminisced her last days with her children, Reden, 9, and Crislyn, 11, and 70-year-old mother Lolita Pepito who were killed in a crossfire between the Philippine Army and CPP-NPA last April 20 in Cawayan town in Masbate.

The mother of four who arrived from Cebu days after the incident was not able to see the bodies of the victims. The families and barangay officials were prohibited from getting close to the area of the incident until over a week which caused the foul smell of the decaying corpses.




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​#MayonWatch2018: Everything You Need To Know About Mayon’s Eruption

First, where is Mayon?
Mt. Mayon, the Philippines’ most active volcano, is in the province of Albay. The cities and towns that have jurisdiction over it are Legazpi City, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, Malilipot, and Sto. Domingo. It is about three hours away from Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon (also active), and Mt. Asog (also active) and Mt. Isarog (potentially active) in Camarines Sur.

What is happening?
Alert Level 4 has been raised over the volcano by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The highest alert level is 5. Alert Level 4 means there’s an imminent big eruption and minor eruptions may occur from time to time. That’s why we see a lot of ash columns emitted from the crater.




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