The cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo happened on June 15, 1991. This disaster caused widespread destruction on agriculture, properties and lives, more than 700 people died from the eruption mostly from collapsing roofs and diseases that emerged from evacuation sites. Today it is considered to be the second most destructive eruption in recent history. This is a tragedy that reminded us how nature can claim lives in one single event.
Mt. Pinatubo is situated on the tri-point boundary of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga provinces. The volcano is situated on a densely populated area surrounded by rich tropical vegetation with thriving communities in the valleys with around 10,000 in population. The joint efforts of scientists from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) made timely evacuation possible minimizing the loss of lives as much as possible because of their precise prediction regarding the time of eruption.
Today Mt. Pinatubo boasts a beautiful lake and communities still thrive on its footing. The volcanic ashes that claim lives and destroyed properties now formed ridges and dunes worthy of admiration. This place made me reflect that how tragic life can be there is still hope ahead and no matter how ugly the roads are the beauty of nature will always win.
The Outreach to the Aeta Community
Before the day ends we visited an Aeta community in Tarukan to give school supplies and slippers for the children courtesy of Dupé PH and an ample supply of medicine for the Barangay Hall. This outreach program taught me the true meaning of resilience; it is not barely surviving but to thrive no matter how hard life hit you, to stand up to live and be alive. Overall this day was well spent and I gained more than what I am able to give.