Tropical storm Amang made its first landfall at 3:00 PM yesterday. At 7:00 AM today, it was estimated at 60 kilometers north northeast of Sorsogon City or 25 kilometers southwest of Virac, Catanduanes packing winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 100 kilometers per hour. At a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, it moves in a northwest direction.
Public Storm Warning Signals are still up overs some areas of Luzon and Visayas.
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under the storm signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Occurrence of ocean waves that may reach 6.5 meters are still possible within the 350 kilometer-diameter of Amang.
Bicol Region and the provinces of Samar, Quezon and Aurora will experience stormy weather. Metro Manila, the rest of CALABARZON and the provinces of Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Bulacan, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque at Romblon will have rains with gusty winds. Western Visayas and the province of Leyte will be cloudy with light to moderate rains.
The rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms while the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with light rains brought by the northeast monsoon or amihan.
Meanwhile, sea travel for fishing boats and other small seacraft is still risky on the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.
Papal Visit Day 4 Weather Forecast
At 10:00 AM today, the center of tropical storm “Amang” was estimated at 560 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour. If Amang continues to move westward at 15 kilometers per hour, it is expected to make landfall over Northern Samar tomorrow evening.
As Amang moves closer to Visayas, some areas were put under Public Storm Warning Signal Number 1.
Amang is expected to bring estimated rainfall ranging from 7.5 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 300-kilometer diameter. Those who are residing in low-lying and mountainous areas under these storm signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Occurrence of ocean waves that may reach up to 6.5 meters are also possible.
PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio explained that the presence of two high pressure areas are influencing the movement of the tropical storm. However, there is still a chance for it to re-curve only if the high pressure area in the upper right will give way. As of now, Amang has a slim chance of intensifying into a typhoon. Continuous monitoring will be done in the following hours.
For today, occasional rains with gusty winds will be experienced over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains are expected over Central Visayas and CARAGA. The rest of Visayas and Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains and possible thunderstorms.
Meanwhile due to the northeast monsoon or amihan, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera will have cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.
Due to the winds associated with the prevailing amihan and Amang, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Weather outlook for Papal Visit Days 3 and 4
Today is the 2nd day of Pope Francis in the Philippines. Based on his itinerary, tomorrow, January 17, he will travel from Manila to Tacloban to meet with Yolanda survivors. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, Tacloban will experience occasional rains with gusty winds.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis is expected to return back to Manila on January 18 to meet the youth and conduct a holy mass in Quirino Grandstand. Aurelio said we are expecting cloudy skies with light to moderate rains by Sunday.
We, Filipinos, are known for our strong faith and hospitality. As we unite in welcoming Pope Francis, dubbed as the people’s pope, let us know more about his enigmatic yet humble personality.
December 17, 1936 was when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His mother, Regina Maria Sivori, came from a Catholic family from Northwestern Italy. As a full-time mother, she bonded with Jorge over watching their favorite football team in the stadium, and listening to opera broadcasts via the phonograph or state radio. Until now, Jorge would reminisce the moments when her mother would explain the opera to him on Saturday afternoons.
Jorge and his father, Mario Jose Francisco Bergoglio, have a lot in common. Jorge’s sister, Maria Elena, said that aside from having pleasing personalities, they also shared a love for both the opera and tango. While the family played cards, they enjoyed watching their father play basketball at the local club. On Sundays, they would see their father working at home with his accounting books, while the house overflowed with classical music. Their family had no luxuries but they got everything that a happy life defined.
Just like every little kid, the young Jorge had a mischievous steak. During his elementary days, the nuns in his school recalled how he would incessantly jump up and down the stairs. There was also a time when his mother was called by the teacher due to his behaviour. When his mother asked him to apologize, Jorge admired her all the more for not tolerating his act.
As a sixth grader, he excelled in conduct, religion and the Gospel. He revealed that he felt his first calling during the sixth grade when he had a chance to speak with Fr. Martinez, who was known to be the famous “fisher” of vocations.
In his school, Ramos Mejia, there were “good night talks” that helped him build a solid foundation for his vocation. Jorge became a devotee of the Blessed Virgin from whom he learned about the love for purity.
Jorge’s father asked him to work while studying. At a young age, he worked in a sock factory as a clean-up boy. Because his father also works at home, Jorge learned about accounting, which led him to an administrative job on his third year of secondary school. On his fourth year, he was enrolled in an industrial institute specializing in food chemistry.
It was in 1953 when he visited the parish church of San Jose de Flores. During his confession with Fr. Carlos Duarte Ibarra, Jorge felt a personal encounter the Lord—a surprising religious experience that changed his life.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new pope on March 13, 2013. He was considered to be a pope of many firsts as he was the first to take the name “Francis” after Saint Francis of Assisi, the first pope from the Americas, the first pope from the Society of Jesus, and the first ordained priest after Vatican II.
Being the pope for almost two years now, he has expressed his views on various social issues by encouraging the church to treat the homosexuals or LGBT community with respect and sensitivity. In an address delivered to the members of the Italian Catholic Doctors Association, he emphasized that life is sacred, therefore abortion and euthanasia should not be practiced for these are “sins against the creator”.
Another great sin, according to the pope, is the division among religions. The pope explained that despite our differences in our beliefs, we are called to unite. Recently on January 11 this year, Pope Francis baptized 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, where he told mothers that it is acceptable to breastfeed their children even inside the church. These are just some of the things that we will never forget about the pope.
Pope in PH
Fr. Lito Geanan of Baclayon Church in Bohol, one of the country’s oldest churches that was destroyed when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Visayas in 2013, shared his thoughts on why many Filipinos want to meet the pope.
“Pope Francis has the heart for the poor. We all know that majority or marami talaga sa mga Pilipino ay nasa kahirapan. Si Pope Francis ay malapit talaga sa mga tao. Isa pa, nagpapakita rin siya ng magandang example ng kahalagahan ng simbahan sa mga tao. ‘Yung Papal Visit ay nagtutugma sa primary concern ng Papa – ang mga tao.”
Because many devotees feel that he is a pope they can relate to, millions are looking forward to meet him in person during the Papal Visit, happening on January 15 to 19, 2015. Below is the Pope Francis’ itinerary:
The New Year signals a new chapter in our lives—the chance to be better, kinder, and healthier versions of ourselves. But this year, we at PanahonTV suggest digging a little deeper when it comes to making resolutions. Aside from personal improvement, let’s also aim to make this world a nicer place to live in—by forming habits that address issues such as Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, and Energy Conservation, among others.
1. Use reusable bottles for water. Plastic bottles, when not properly disposed, can cause multiple problems for the environment, such as clogging drainages. According to the EcoWaste Coalition, Metro Manila’s daily waste weighs in at an alarming 8,601 tons per day and is estimated to rise to 9,060 tons per day in 2015.
2. Bring a foldable canvas bag wherever you go. Instead of using plastic, you can put your purchases in it—and even sit on it in instances (an impromptu picnic, perhaps?) when you don’t want to dirty your clothes.
3. Have everyday-carry items that come in handy during emergencies.
4. Maximize sunlight to save on electricity. Read in natural light and use solar-powered gadgets.
5. Plant indigenous trees, which, experts say are more likely to be typhoon-resilient.
6. Reduce your carbon footprint by walking to nearby locations. This way, you don’t only help reduce carbon emission; you’re also on your way to preventing cardiovascular diseases. For more tips on going green, follow these simple tips.
7. Instead of driving, try biking like these people who do it for a living.
8. Carpool. Save the environment while making new friends!
9. Travel safe—whether you’re using public transport or your own vehicle. For destination ideas, we suggest taking a break in our star-studded beaches.
10. Finish your food. Pope Francis dishes out this wise advice, stating, “Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, the hungry!” Remember that millions are suffering from hunger worldwide.
12. Make your home resilient against typhoons, including the dreaded Storm Signal number 4!
13. Be fit. Now that the holidays are over, plan healthier meals that boost your immune system.
14. Sort your garbage. Better yet, make your own compost pit in your backyard.
15. Be a positive influence on others. Share your resolutions on your social networking page and spread the good vibes!