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THE WORD: “WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD BUT LOSES HIS SOUL?”

WE are now facing disasters of so many kinds in real time!

THE most recent was the powerful earthquake that rocked the Visayas and some parts of Mindanao.

It happened at about 8am last Tuesday (Oct. 15). It’s magnitude was recorded at 7.2 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was traced in the Island of Bohol in the Visayas.

REMEMBER when an earthquake with an intensity of 7.8 hit Mindanao more than 3 decades ago?
That 1976 Mindanao killer quake resulted to thousands of lives lost, many others missing, and the destruction or damage to properties was really that massive— surely worth billions.

The city of Zamboanga was among the key cities of the South hit hardest by that huge temblor.
I was a true witness to it, as I vividly recalled myself not letting go my tight grip on the stepladder of our house while the quake continually shook strong for about a minute.     

AFTER it halted, I came to realize it was such an earthshaking story I supposed not to miss, despite being a greenhorn in radio then.
IT was the month of August, about early dawn when the breaking news about the quake was heard all over the radio stations that you happened to tune in.

There was no TV station to talk about in mi ciudad de Zamboanga then. And, the more when speaking of those internets that we have right now.

All were glued to their radio sets to catch the news that early morning, as most folks were jolted from their sleep when the huge quake arrived and caught them unwarily.

BUT, you know what? Except, perhaps, for a few, most of our buildings here withstood its brunt.

Barely, you could see structures in shambles or leaning skewed like what we see now on our television sets or in our internets in their aftermaths.

NOW, it can be said when vouched by no less than our City Engr. Luis Vicente Despalo as always when interviewed by  our inquisitive media here that our local buildings are safe & sound as they’re supposedly ‘quake-proof.’

Boks, my ever loyal sidekick, however, butted in fast( in the  lingo):
“Pero’ pencing, hinde’ water-proof, cay el SP building gane’ puerte el tulu’.”
Ese pah!

BY JUN FELICIANO




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