Rains mar ‘Un­das’

But folks un­per­turbed by down­pours, swamp ceme­ter­ies

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Day-long till night time down­pours spawned by trop­i­cal de­pres­sion “Ramil” yes­ter­day marred the ob­ser­vance of All Saints’Day or “Un­das” here and in other towns across Pam­panga, but folks pay­ing re­spects to their de­parted re­mained un­per­turbed by the rains, as they swamped pub­lic ceme­ter­ies and pri­vate memo­rial parks to of­fer flow­ers and light can­dles.

A memo­rial park here was vir­tu­ally trans­formed into a sea of colour­ful um­brel­las in be­tween a jun­gle of tents and makeshift struc­tures to keep peo­ple from get­ting wet. In strate­gic ar­eas, au­thor­i­ties dou­bled-up emer­gency, health and se­cu­rity per­son­nel to se­cure ar­eas f con­ver­gence amidst the heavy dow npour s.

“We have to brave the rains. We ac­tu­ally read about it in the pa­pers that it is go­ing to be a wet All Saints’ Day so we pre­pared for this. We need to ob­serve Un­das now since we have to get back to work to­mor­row which is not a hol­i­day and our only

chance to do that is to­day, Novem­ber 1,” said Jef­frey Nacpil, who came with his kids in rain gear and big um­brel­las.

“Wala na­man tay­ong ma­g­awa dahil na­ture ito. Pero buti na lamang maa­gap ang me­dia sa pag-an­nounce na uu­lan ngayon. At least tama ang PagAsa fore­cast. Ang worry lamang namin itong mga bata baka magkasakit so maaga na lamang kam­ing uuwi,” Marissa Ma­ca­bali, a mother of four who flew in from Aus­tralia to of­fer flow­ers to her late hus­band.

In Apalit town, hun­dreds of peo­ple were still seen com­ing in var­i­ous ceme­ter­ies to light can­dles and of­fer flow­ers along­side pray­ers for their de­parted loved ones.

Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Peter Nu­com, sev­eral fam­i­lies did not mind the bad weather felt yes­ter­day as they have al­ready set up tents as early as Oc­to­ber 31.

He added that those who are in pri­vate ceme­ter­ies were usu­ally shel­tered in their fam­ily mau­soleums and were not af­fected by the rain show­ers.

“May mga tents na­man kasi sila na iti­natayo, ‘yung sa moso­leyo na­man parang ba­hay na ‘yan, hindi na nila ma­ma­malayan kaya dire-di­retso ang Un­das,” he said.

Nu­com said that the in­flux of peo­ple in ceme­ter­ies is still ex­pected un­til Novem­ber 2, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies who weren’t able to visit their de­parted loved ones yes­ter­day.

He said that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, to­gether with the lo­cal po­lice, will con­tinue to pro­vide as­sis­tance to pub­lic, es­pe­cially in the vicin­ity of ceme­ter­ies un­til to­day.

“Hang­gang Novem­ber 2 pa na­man ang hol­i­day so ex­pected na may mga tao pa bukas. May mga tao kasi na ayaw sum­abay sa maram­ing tao, tapos may pag-ulan pa ngayon. Ready na­man ang mga de­ployed per­son­nel namin,” he said.

In Masan­tol town where ceme­ter­ies are un­der­wa­ter, peo­ple took to “bayani­han” mode, putting sand­bags and putting up tem­po­rary bridges to al­low res­i­dents to get to their de­parted’s tombs.

The same sce­nario in many ceme­ter­ies, in­clud­ing in this city, where parts of the pub­lic re­string place are flooded.

Mayor Ed­win San­ti­ago how­ever said that in­ter­ven­tions are in place to keep those ob­serv­ing “Un­das” safe and se­cure.

Rainy All Souls’ Day

The state weather bureau PAGASA said that in­ter­mit­tent rains may con­tinue un­til Novem­ber 2, All Souls’Day as trop­i­cal de­pres­sion “Ramil” moves west to Coron, Palawan from Mas­bate.

At 5:00 am Wed­nes­day, the cen­ter of Ramil was es­ti­mated at 115 km West of Roxas City, Capiz. It is fore­cast to move west at 20 kph with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 45 kph near the cen­ter and gusti­ness of up to 70 kph.

It is fore­cast to be 245 km West of Coron, Palawan on Thurs­day, and 120 km North North­east of Pagasa Is­land, Palawan on Fri­day.

Trop­i­cal cy­clone warn­ing sig­nal (TCWS) No. 1 was raised in North­ern Palawan in­clud­ing Calamian Group of Is­lands (Lu­zon); Ak­lan and An­tique (Visayas). Also un­der TCWS #1 are Metro Manila, Bi­col re­gion, CAL­ABAR­ZON, rest of MI­MAROPA are ad­vised to be alerted against pos­si­ble flash­floods and land­slides.

PAGASA added that the es­ti­mated rain­fall amount is from mod­er­ate to oc­ca­sion­ally heavy rains within the 200 km di­am­e­ter of the trop­i­cal de­pres­sion.

The weather cen­tral ad­vised that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of North­ern Lu­zon and the eastern se­aboard of Cen­tral and South­ern Lu­zon. — With JTD

CER­E­MO­NIAL LIGHT UP. of Yule­tide sea­son in the city.—

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