At 4am today, we arrived from a 22-hour drive from Manila. Not the longest trip (the longest was 24 hours 20 years ago when a river in Camarines Norte overflowed on the bridge), but definitely the worst!
It all started when we picked up of my father in Paranaque – traffic was building up in SLEX; upon checking Waze, heavy traffic could be seen in Bicutan, Alabang and Calamba interchanges. After picking up my dad, I decided to take the road less travelled – via Pililla-Cavinti-Luisana-Tayabas route. Everything went well until we were approx. 10km away from Gumaca. I think it took us an hour and a half to reach Gumaca, and nothing was different or any traffic incidents in Gumaca! I was confident I could still clear Andaya highway before sundown. Then we hit heavy traffic in Lopez – took us 2 hours to clear Lopez-Calauag area! I knew we will arrive at midnight.
I was still hopeful until we were 20km away from AH26 corner Andaya Highway in Sipocot – we were stuck for 3 hours! When we got through, I estimated 5km of traffic trail on the other end, mostly buses going up north.
And since it was almost midnight when we cleared Andaya highway, we were driving very slow because we had to stop from time to time to get a nap or have my dad drive while I take a nap.
I knew I will be taking the Daet route when I go back to Manila this week.
SORSOGON CITY — Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon unleashed some fury, spewing a dark gray ash column yesterday afternoon which blew over three municipalities of the province, regional disaster officials said.
SORSOGON CITY, August 15 (PIA) – The province of Sorsogon through the Office of the Provincial Agriculture will establish a Pili Orchard by the year 2020 covering a 30 hectares of land under the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).
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LEGAZPI CITY—The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 5 has noted some 3,145 passengers stranded in various ports in Bicol due to inclement weather brought by Tropical Depression “Carina.”
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, OCD 5 reported 2,314 passengers were stranded in Sorsogon while 678 were stranded in Albay. Camarines Sur has 37 while Catanduanes has 21 passengers stranded in its ports.
In Masbate, 95 were stranded in its ports as all flights going in and out of the province were cancelled by authorities.
The OCD 5 also said 234 rolling cargoes and 45 sea vessels were stranded in Bicol ports.