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Tourists in the Middle of Hiking in Taal Get Evacuated as Volcano Erupts

It started out as just another ordinary day for the people living in Taal as they took tourists on tours to the crater lake and other beautiful tourist spots on the volcanic island. But things would take a dangerous turn just a little after lunch time when steam started to come out from a vent.

Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube

As the smoky steam rose higher and got bigger, the locals knew this was not just an ordinary day – the volcano is erupting and everyone should be evacuated out of the island ASAP! So, the horses that were often used to take tourists on tours were soon used to take them out of the hiking spots as fast as possible.

Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube

Everyone knew that they had to leave the island as soon as possible. But a tourist managed to take a video of their hike and evacuation. This showed people what happened on the island right before the volcano erupted.

Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube

Michella Domenici shared a video of their hike on the island. Together with their guide, they hiked up the spot that offers one of the best vantage points of the crater lake. The crater lake looks beautiful but she noticed that there’s smoke coming from one spot. Since the smoke was small, it did not cause alarm yet, but this would soon change in just a matter of minutes.

Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube
Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube

As the smoke coming from that vent grew bigger, the locals told everyone to evacuate. The tourists found help in the guides who let them ride the horses to safety. Michella managed to take some videos of the tall smoke column rising from the vent as they moved to the wharf where the boats swiftly took them away from the island.

Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube

It was only when they were safely on the other side that the group breathed a sigh of relief. Looking back, they saw that the volcano has erupted, sending tons of volcanic material several kilometers up the sky! That was definitely a close call. Everyone is thankful that they made it out of the island. Thankfully, no casualties have been reported as of press time.

Photo credit: Michella Domenici / YouTube

Here’s the video:

BEFORE the TAAL ERUPTION

Na videohan pa nila bago sumabog ang TAAL..Buti nakaalis sila kagad bago sumabog…God is good!#reality #taaleruption2020Video from: Michella Domenici

Posted by Reality on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

What is Evacuation?

Evacuation is the urgent and immediate egress or escape of people from a certain area due to imminent danger or hazard to lives and property. This is often done during calamities.

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Heartbreaking Photos of Guard Just Eating Chips as Viand Breaks Hearts

Chips are considered as junk food with very low or zero nutritional value. And while many love to eat these as snacks, anyway, there are people who don’t have enough money to buy proper food that they use chips as viand.

Chips as Viand?

In photos shared by netizen Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes, a security guard could be seen eating chips for what appears to be lunch or dinner. Getanes had spotted the guard eating the chips and was surprised, considering that the guard often goes on ‘straight duty’. That means that the guard works for several shifts.

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook
Concerned, Getanes asked the guard why he is just eating chips as viand. The guard smiled and admitted that he did not have a lot of money because he is supporting a lot of people in Cotabato. Getanes pointed out that this is not right because the guard needs to have proper, nutritious food or he might get sick as he always goes on straight duty. But the guard admitted that he is used to this – and that means he’s been eating chips as viand for a long time! It breaks our hearts.

Wish for the Future

And while the guard is smiling, Getanes said that he understands his pain and what he is going through. The guard also told Getanes that he doesn’t mind and that he hopes when all the people he is supporting in Cotabato will complete their studies, he hopes he won’t be doing this anymore…

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook
Facebook page Soul I Adventures reposted the photos, urging the family of this guard to understand the sacrifices he is making for them and to not waste the opportunity he is giving them.

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook

Are Chips Healthy?

Most chips are not healthy, unless you choose unprocessed chips. Still, some nutritionists continue to warn people against chips that might be marketed as healthy; they advise people to read the label and check the ingredients.

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Resident Shares Post-Eruption Photos of Taal Volcano That’s Now on Alert Level 2

The scenic greens of Taal Volcano are gone after the eruption in January 2020. But the residents are hopeful that, in time, the volcano would look so beautiful and lush with greenery again. And while that is not likely going to happen very soon, the grey world that it has become after the eruption also holds its eerie beauty.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

Now that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has lowered the alert level status of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2, residents are going back to their homes. But they are advised to remain alert to the possibility of sudden eruptions. The volcanic island was also declared as a permanent danger zone. This means that no one will be allowed to live there again, for safety reasons.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

But many residents still came back to the island to get whatever they could save from their homes, all of which have been covered with thick ash. Many of the homes have collapsed from the weight of the ash on the roof.

Photos of the Lake

A resident recently shared photos of the volcano, weeks after the eruption.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

“Ang pag silip sa Mahal naming bulkan,” CJ Martinez posted on his Facebook account.

The desolate land covered with thick, grey ash looks like a setting from a sci-fi movie. The young man took photos of some craters, including one that was obviously the source of the recent eruption.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

Scenes from Another Planet?

Though the lake lost its water during the eruption, it appears that the lake is back. But without the plants around it, it looks a bit scary. The scenes captured by CJ look like these places are from another planet.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

There are yellow spots that appear to have sulfur deposits while an orange spot near the crater lake made netizens think this might be a small crater of magma.

Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook
Photo credit: CJ Martinez / Facebook

What is Magma?

Magma is a molten or semi-molten natural material from beneath the Earth’s surface. This magma can push through holes or cracks in the crust, causing a volcanic eruption.

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Kuwaiti Employer Defends Married Pinay Who Got Pregnant with Egyptian BF’s Baby

married Pinay

Getting pregnant out of wedlock is something that is never acceptable in Kuwait and other parts of the Middle East, but one kind employer defends her Pinay domestic helper from the angry mob who “made up stories” about her on social media.

After she got pregnant, however, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) identified as Gina was left by her Egyptian boyfriend who fled to his hometown in Egypt, never to be seen again. Too scared to tell her employers and more scared of her family, Gina chose to keep the pregnancy a secret.

married Pinay
Photo credit: OFW Community / Facebook

Baby in ICU

Her employers had no idea that she was pregnant. She probably had a small stomach, anyway, and it was hidden beneath her voluminous clothes. Days leading to her giving birth of the child, Gina ran away. She did not say where she went but when she came back to her employer’s house, she was already carrying the baby.

married Pinay
Photo credit: OFW Community / Facebook

What’s sad is that the baby had head injuries after she gave birth to it as it most likely fell on something hard – and there was no one to catch it. Poor kid.

Employer Defends Married Pinay

Instead of bringing her to the police station or the religious police, Gina’s kind employers rushed her to the hospital. They made sure that she and the baby are alright – and even cared for the child who is still in ICU over his injuries.

married Pinay
Photo credit: OFW Community / Facebook

The married Pinay drew criticism for having a boyfriend in Kuwait, particularly because she has a family back in the Philippines. There were people who made up stories about her employers being unkind to her, but her Madam would speak to the camera and defend the Pinay as well as themselves from the stories circulating on social media.

Here’s the video:

ANG KWENTO NI GINA OFW SA KUWAIT

Ang Kwento Ni Gina, OFW na Nanganak Sa Kuwait. Employer Niya Nagsalita Na.

Posted by OFW Community on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What is Religious Police?

In Islam, there is an additional body of authority called the religious police who are an official vice squad that enforces religious observance and public morality on behalf of national or regional authorities, based on its interpretation of sharia. They are known to be strict.

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