Bizarre

In a strange turn of events at the height of last Tuesday’s perfect storm, the worst to hit Manila in three years, rescuers found themselves at the laughing end of the very people they expected to look up to them as their heroes and lifesavers. The flooded citizenry, laid out in perilous situations, most of them clinging on their roofs, not only refused to be rescued, but also jeered and made cracks at their saviors who were made up of local police, Coast Guards and volunteers.

The WHY: the folks just couldn’t leave their homes and valuables unattended. Come hell or high water.

Phot REUTERS/Erik De CastroIf it was The Great Flood and Noah were to build his ark last Tuesday in Manila, he would have the same frustrations he got ten thousand years ago.

Oh I Love You Roxas Boulevard, Please Don’t Go Away

Earlier in the middle of a Manila moonsoon surge yesterday, a photo by Mark Zambrano  of @gmanews created a not-so-short exchange of interesting tweets. You see, his appalling image of Roxas Boulevard being deluged by the waters of Manila Bay was re-posted by another newscaster without his permission, consent, or worse, without a credit.

Well,  actually, we can live with some people making off with some of our things sometimes. But in this case, let me tell you why — if I were in Mr. Zambrano’s shoes– there will be no allowing people to get away with this photo. Number one, this is a classic one. The occurrence, the angle. None has captured this unusual phenomenon (from an unlikely angle) as awesome as this. The guy from the other network must’ve been so awed and couldn’t resist keeping her hands off of it. Never mind the crisp, Instagram enhancements, the vehicles can rightfully give the look and feel of Mother Nature’s wrath.

Roxas Boulevard moonsoon surge. Photo by Mark Zambrano GMANews

Secondly, it’s simply not right to allow the fruit of one’s labor to be enjoyed by another especially if the latter is coming from, get this, a rival network station.

So much for the newsmen, now for the news. And I tell you, this is news! The sea is reclaiming back Roxas Boulevard!