Friday, July 16, 2010

Earthquake, Hail and Thunderstorm

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mrs. Filomena Andres, our Ilocano-American teacher in sixth grade, was illustrating the heart’s right and left ventricles when the classroom began to shake. Rocked, jolted and jerked up and down, we all rushed to the door, desperate to get out of that old colonial school building. The short corridor seemed very long and the wide doorway awfully narrow when hundreds of us simultaneously tried to squeeze our bodies out. Fleeing headlong in panic, we stumbled and rolled over that short flight of stairs, frightened out of our wits. Finally reaching open air, we looked around and asked ourselves, what are we supposed to do now? The tremors persisted, and as though it could not get any worse, a violent hail and thunderstorm ensued. Amidst those stunned and tearful faces, I found my younger sister, who had been waiting for me in the school ground when the quake began. The relief I felt when I saw her was beyond all my words to express.

Classes resumed after two months. In makeshift plywood classrooms, with the condemned school building looming over us, we came close to—but never quite achieved—normalcy. After twenty years, how that earthquake felt-and how I felt then--remains fresh in my memory.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

is the a sex hyperbole?

Angeli said...

sex never entered my mind as i was writing this.

kayni said...

coincidence that you're writing about the Baguio earthquake because the DC area just had a 3.6 earthquake at 5:04 AM today. i felt it and jolted me from my bed. i remembered the Baguio earthquake right away.

Loree said...

Wow what a memory. I am sure you can still remember it all like it was yesterday.

Angeli said...

where were you during that july 16 earthquake kayni? were you in baguio then?

yes, loree. it's something that will always remain with us. by the way, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. :)

unstranger said...

I have never felt an earthquake. I've seen the aftermath pictures of many, but never experienced one myself. Maybe someday, but hopefully just in passing.

witsandnuts said...

It has been ages, but we still recollect that July 16 quake. I was in gradeschool then, that was the day before my birthday and that afternoon (after class dismissal), too many students and teachers gathered near our old house (which was near the school)as the quake happened. Scary until now. I hope it won't happen again.

mordsith said...

I remembered that earthquake. I didn't know what was happening then. I actually thought a helicopter was landing on the school's roof. The students were panicking, but the teacher wouldn't let us out of the room. She wanted us to pray while the building was rocking. Hay.

jon said...

i remember this vividly, even the topic on the circulatory system... we were in the same classroom...

Angeli said...

Jon V.? is it you?
thanks for dropping by... :)

 
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