Saturday, October 3, 2009

Laguna de Bay level apt to break 90-year record

The water level in Laguna de Bay is set to break its 90-year record, threatening to submerge more areas in Metro Manila and several nearby provinces in flood waters, a government official said Thursday. Edgar Manda, head of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), said that as of Thursday night, the lake is almost 14 meters deep - half a meter away from the bay’s highest recorded level of 14.5 meters measured in 1919.

He said the water level in the bay could further rise once typhoon "Pepeng" makes landfall on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The LLDA chief said tropical storm “Ondoy" (international name: Ketsana), which pummeled Metro Manila and nearby provinces last Saturday, contributed to the “anomalous" rise in the bay’s water level.

He said the increase should not have taken place for at least 10 years.

“Anomalous dahil dapat umabot pa ito ng 10 years. Nag-accelerate because of climate change at aggravated ni ‘Ondoy’," he said.

“Ondoy" brought 341 millimeters of rainfall in the country in a span of six hours last Saturday and flooded huge portions of Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon).

Manda said residents living near Laguna de Bay, especially those affected by the floods caused by “Ondoy," are advised to relocate immediately.

“Delikado ito in a sense that those living around 12.5 meter elevation and the next layer, papasukin na sila," he said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said “Pepeng" had gained strength and is now packing maximum winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 230 kph.

The typhoon, carrying what Pagasa called "disastrous" winds, was spotted 440 kilometers (km) east of Catarman, Northern Samar and was forecast to move west northwest at 24 kph.

Heavy rains are expected in the Bicol Region and Eastern Luzon starting Thursday night, according to Pagasa chief Nathaniel Cruz. - GMANews.TV.

A little boy sings to his baby sister.....

A Boy Singing to his little sister.....

You are My Sunshine, My only Sunshine'
(Be prepared to get watery eyes!)

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.

They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy.

He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her. The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active member of the Panther Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute.. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.

Would a C-section be required? Finally, after a long struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition.

With a siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St.. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville , Tennessee.

The days inched by.. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there is very little hope.... Be prepared for the worst.

Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby but now they found themselves having to plan for a funeral.

Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. I want to sing to her, he kept saying.

Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over.

Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care...

Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not. If he didn't see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket.

The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed,

'Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed.'

The mother rose up strong in Karen,and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. 'He is not leaving until he sings to his sister' she stated. Then Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside.

He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live.

After a moment, he began to sing in the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:

'You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray.' Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. The pulse rate began to calm down and become steady. 'Keep on singing, Michael,' encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.

'You never know, dear, how much I love you,please don't take my sunshine away.'

As Michael sang to his sister, the baby's ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr. 'Keep on singing, sweetheart.'

'The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms'.

Michael's little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. 'Keep on singing, Michael.' Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed.

'You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.. Please don't take my sunshine away.'

The next day...the very next day the little girl was well enough to go home.

Woman's Day Magazine called it The Miracle of a Brother's Song.

The medical staff just called it a miracle.

Karen called it a miracle of God's love.



Life is good.

Have a Wonderful Day!

In God We Trust!

'The evidence of God's presence far outweighs the proof of His absence.'

Prayer to all our brothers and sister

Our Father in Heaven,
we humbly pray to you as a nation.
We plead to Your merciful heart that
You may look upon us with compassion.
We pray for our brothers who have
lost their lives today..
Receive them in Your Heavenly kingdom.
We pray for those who are lost
and those trying to get home to their family.
Make their way easy.
We pray for those who have lost their homes.
Give them comfort.
We pray for those who are still exposed
to the bad conditions and awaiting help.
Give them strength.
Everything we do for our unfortunate brethren,
we offer to You and Your Glory.
All this we pray in the most holy Name of Jesus.