Choosing To Endure

You had a long and exhausting day so a minute after you lay down on your bed, you immediately fell into a deep slumber. In the middle of the night, you heard your smoke alarm got off, but because you were so physically and mentally drained, you had a hard time distinguishing whether it was real or just part of an unfortunate dream.




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Mayon Watch: Ed Laguerta (Part 2 of a series)

When college sophomore Eduardo Pantua Laguerta quit his education in 1978, he did not expect to be employed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, then Commission on Volcanology (Comvol). He believes it was destiny that brought him to Phivolcs where he is now the senior science research specialist and resident volcanologist at the Mayon Volcano Observatory.

Laguerta is the oldest of five siblings. His parents, both of whom grew up in their relatives’ houses when they were orphaned, wanted them to finish their studies.




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Mayon Watch: Mariton Bornas (Part 1 of a series)

After being disillusioned by the rat race in her previous work at a company in the private sector in 1995, Ma. Antonia “Mariton” V. Bornas joined the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), where she is now the chief of Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division.

Bornas, who grew up in Makati City, did not initially plan to be a volcanologist. Her father was from Nabua town in Camarines Sur so she remembers visiting there as a child and seeing Mount Asog (sometimes called Mount Iriga), an active volcano in the Bicol volcanic chain.




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Bulan-bulan: Recovering from ‘Nina’

NOTE: This story was written last June 26, three weeks after the resumption of classes in the Bicol Region.

Classes have been going on for three weeks already in Libon, Albay, but a number of elementary and high school students are still trying to make do with the notebooks their parents can afford.

Last Christmas Day, Libon was one of the hard-hit towns after Bicol took a beating from ‘Nina’ (international name: Nock-ten), which was described by many as the strongest typhoon since 2006’s ‘Reming’ (international name: Durian). No one was reported dead after Nina, but it turned out that many sources of livelihood were profoundly stricken and are still affected by the disaster up until today.




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