I’d like to dedicate this post to everyone affected by Typhoon BOPHA/Pablo. I was scared to the bone when I heard that there would be a monstrous thunderstorm traveling at 210kph coming for the Philippines, with strength similar to that of Typhoon Mike/”Ruping” back in the 90′s. Cebu lost electricity and water for a month after that 90′s storm hit, on top of all the casualties and devastations in the city. I have a terrible fear for thunderstorms, and it’s developed and become more disturbing in the past few years, so this was a really big deal to me. Weather forecasts and news channels announced that Cebu would be under Signal #2, and that the storm would hit at 6-8 in the evening, so we did all necessary precautions and stayed indoors for the rest of the day. God must have heard me and the crazy fear twisting in my stomach because thankfully, despite all warnings and preparations, the storm never reached our city. We had a few doses of heavy rain but it was gone within minutes and it never came back. However, this isn’t the case for the other parts of Visayas and Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro was smack center in the eye of the storm, causing mass evacuations, broken bridges and overflowing rivers. The river by the Tubod Bridge of Iligan City had murky water rising to the top. Banana plantations were wiped out in Compostella Valley, and (as of writing) 80 people were reported dead because of landslides and other calamities brought about by Pablo. There are still so many things to pray and work together for. But as usual, the Philippine spirit is strong and we will stand united in the face of these adversities, help each other and come out triumphant. I hope these photos above help inspire us to fight for clear skies- new beginnings and faith in God and each other to help rebuild this beautiful world.