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Landslide in Cebu Wipes Out 30 Homes, Traps Dozens of People Beneath the Rubble

Residents in the City of Naga in southern Cebu, Philippines, were about to start their day on Thursday morning, September 20, when a rumbling in the mountains just above their homes filled them with fear.

Seconds later, the mountain came crashing down and filled the village with huge boulders and clayish soil. Several homes were wiped out and dozens of residents were trapped beneath the rubble.

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Residents who escaped the landslide scrambled to dig their family and relatives out but many of the homes were covered by rocks and soil several meters deep. There were those who were able to text and call their relatives, telling them to hurry up and save them from beneath the rubble but just minutes later, they were no longer answering their phones.

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Many perished after getting crushed by the boulders but others who were protected by the frames of their own houses were lost due to suffocation.

Actual footage of landslide on Thursday morning, September 20, in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu.

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Heavy equipment were quickly brought to the site as the residents and local government officials scrambled to save the trapped residents. But because the ground was unsteady and rescuers feared that the mountain might still move and send more rocks to the location, not all volunteers were accepted on site to ensure everyone’s safety.

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As of press time, over 2 dozen bodies have been recovered and about a dozen survivors saved but dozens remain trapped beneath the rubble and rescuers needed N95 face masks because the area has started to stink due to the decomposing bodies.

Residents are blaming a nearby cement plant for its mining activities in the limestone-rich area but Apo Cement Corporation denies the claim, saying that they are positive that no mining activities had been performed at the affected villages.

Maniago: May mining rights kami pero walang quarrying operation doon

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Others are also slamming the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 7 for declaring the area ‘safe’ just days before the incident, saying that the cracks found by the residents had occurred naturally.

Weeks before the incident, local resident Jay Lapitan posted several videos and photos of the huge cracks filmed near his home in Brgy. Tina-an.

Hello po sa inyong lahat . Itong video na ito ay kuha dito mismo sa lugar namin sa Tagaytay 2 , Tina-an, City of Naga , Cebu. May mahabang bitak ng lupa. Mahigit sa 20 na pamilya ang nakatira dito. Sa mga makakakita po ng video na ito , paki share nalang po. Ang gusto lang po namin ay masuri ng maayos ang lugar. Nababahala kasi kaming lahat dito baka gumuho ang lupa. Halos isang buwan na ang itinagal nito at lalo pang lumaki ang bitak sanhi rin ng palaging pag ulan.PLEASE SHARE!THANK YOU

Posted by Jay Lapitan on Saturday, September 15, 2018

On the day before the incident, he sought help from Facebook friends if they knew a place they can rent someplace else in the city as he feared for his family’s life. Just 24 hours later, he was among those injured in the incident! Thankfully, as he fell into a hole, his elder brother managed to save him and he was rushed to the hospital where he is now recuperating.

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Frustrated Citizen Puts Plants in Potholes, Jokes About ‘Eco-Friendly’ Road

Have you noticed that there are so many places in the Philippines with roads that look good and sturdy, yet these are destroyed and rebuilt? What’s sad is that there are so many muddy roads that need to be cemented yet the cemented ones are getting destroyed!

Citizen Puts Plants in Potholes

In the Philippines, you will find a lot of cemented roads that have little holes that were actually drilled by government contractors! If you happen to pass by a road that has those holes, then you will realize that the rest of the road is usually sturdy and cemented but the little holes are a sign that this street is up for demolition.

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But a lot of Filipinos also know through firsthand experience that there are so many other roads in their locality that need to be cemented yet these seemingly alright roads are being destroyed.

Moreover, having those holes drilled does not also mean that the street will be redone soon. There are many times when it still takes years before the purposely damaged road gets reconstructed. Tsk. Tsk.

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Glenn Cui Infante from Quezon City happened to be among the people who had seen too many of these little holes in the road. Since the holes are truly an eyesore, the frustrated citizen decided to take action by making the place pretty and ‘eco-friendly’.

Because the government might not be rebuilding that road anytime soon, Infante decided to put plants inside the little holes. The results are hilarious but also an eye-opener to the government officials, not just in his city but across the Philippines.

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Tinubuan na lang ng damo dipa tapos haha,” one netizen observed.

Mukhang ayos pa yang kalsada pero binutas butas na. Ganyan na talaga dumiskarte ang DPWH/LGU(Engineering Dept.) Mula pa noon,” one netizen commented.

Sumobra naman pagiging plantitos mo hahaha,” another netizen joked.

Eco-friendly Roads

There are many ways to make eco-friendly roads. A lot of places plant greenery at the sides and make sure to maintain the plants. Many plant trees at the roadside. The materials used for the road can also be modified to include eco-friendly options, but this is subject to consultation with experts to ensure that the streets remain sturdy.

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Dog Carrying Hollow Blocks in Mouth Goes Viral

Photos of a dog carrying hollow blocks in its mouth have gone viral, with netizens sharing their fears of getting bitten by such a fierce-looking dog. But it sure does look cute, huh?

Dog Goes Viral for Carrying Hollow Blocks

A lot of people fear dogs because these animals could bite them, especially the breeds that are known to be fierce. Many owners feel safer in homes with these kinds of dogs, particularly if these are just free to roam around the yard.

But one dog recently went viral after its owner shared photos of it carrying hollow blocks while appearing to be patrolling from the balcony.

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Juneth Bognot reposted the pictures on Facebook group DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES with the funny caption:

Bisita: “Nangangagat ba yang aso niyo?”

Ako: “Hindi. Nambabato lang.”

Netizens had a good laugh over the photos, saying that they are sure to avoid such a house if a dog like this is standing guard – and most especially one that carries a hollow blocks on patrol!

Kung ganyan makita ko sa daan. Baka hahanap na lng ako ng ibang daan lol,” one netizen commented.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

Pakipost po ang address nyo para iwasan na po ng sambayanang Filipino 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Hello there babies… you are still cute and adorable despite of hollow blocks. 😍” another joked.

Lagot ang mga magnanakaw o akyat-bahay, may bantay na kayang-kayang mangagat ng buong buto o kaya naman hulugan lang ng hollow blocks,” another pointed out.

Others were concerned over the dog, especially because the hollow blocks might hurt its mouth.

Bakit ganoon? Paano nasubo ng aso yung ganiyang kalaking hollow blocks? Baka naman gutom na gutom yung aso at hindi napapakain hahaha. O baka naman ang tingin niya sa hollow blocks ay malaking-malaking buto kasi halos pareho ng kulay at parehong matigas,” one netizen commented.

Indeed, dogs are man’s best friends and they also make the best guards at home! But we just hope this dog is alright and that no person will be hit by that big chunk of hollow blocks. Ouch.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

What are Hollow Blocks?

A hollow block is a type of concrete block used in construction to make boundary fences, walls, and other structures that use cement for building. Hollow concrete block saves time in building walls due to its large dimensions but also saves money due to the reduced volume of concrete needed to build the structure.

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White Castle Whiskey Trends with 2021 Calendar Featuring a Guy for the First Time

White Castle Whiskey is long known for it calendars featuring beautiful ladies. But the whiskey company surprised everyone after rolling out its 2021 calendar featuring a guy for the first time – Ninong Ry! Whoa.

Whiskey Brand Features Calendar Boy

Though White Castle Whiskey has been releasing calendars since 1969, all of the models were females – and they were often riding a white horse or posing next to one. Moreover, the calendars often feature one of the most popular stars of the year.

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Beautiful ladies like Peachie Veneracion (1978), Lorna Tolentino (1982), Carmi Martin (1984-1985), Roxanne Guinoo (2006-2007), RR Enriquez (2009-2011), and Aubrey Miles (2014) have graced the calendar as the year’s model. Sylvia Lichauco-de Leon was the brand’s first model.

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But the whiskey company appears to be rebranding its calendar image by featuring a guy for the first time: YouTuber Ryan Morales Reyes or more popularly known as ‘Ninong Ry’.

Balikan ang nakaraan, at kilalanin ang panibagong model ng White Castle Light. Hehe,” the brand wrote, sharing a series of photos featuring many of their previous calendar girls and showing their first-ever guy model.

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They added, “Syempre new era na tayo lods.

The funny vlogger also shared the calendar on his page, confirming that he’s really the whiskey brand’s new model.

Break the norm, mga brodie,” Ninong Ry wrote.

While there were quite a number of netizens who felt dismayed that the whiskey company changed its calendar from the pretty ladies to this guy, a lot were amused that the brand actually changed its calendar image now.

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For the first time, mukhang umiinom talaga ng whiskey and model,” one netizen pointed out.

Bat nawala po yung puting kabayo sa dulo #NasaanAngKabayo,” another netizen joked.

Who is Ninong Ry?

When White Castle Whiskey featured Ninong Ry, their first-ever male calendar model, in their 2021 calendar, a lot of people were wondering who he might be. Avid fans know, however, that this funny vlogger is someone who loves to use catchy and witty titles to his YouTube videos.

His videos have titles like “sinigang na liempo sa kamias para sa jowa mong maangas”, “paksiw na liempo para sa ex mong di kuntento”, “binagoongan pero maarte”, and “mabilis na pasta para s amabilis magsawa awts”. LOL.

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