I took these pictures of Roxas Boulevard this morning in the aftermath of typhoon Pedring. Prior to this, I drove to work on the evening of the 27th on this same long strip of the road totally devoid of lights. Quite scary.
I hope the hard task of reconstruction begins soon. I feel sad because Roxas Boulevard, in my opinion, is the most beautiful part of Manila. I probably feel biased because I drive to work here everyday and the view of Manila Bay, amid the tree-lined boulevard, is totally superb.
What happened with Pedring was totally unimaginable. As Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim said, even century-old trees were toppled down.
This is a sample of the seawall that collapsed due to a “storm surge” that sent tsunami-like waves into the main road
But life goes on as usual in these parts. I just hope that when Roxas Boulevard is ready to get back into shape again, it will shine more vibrantly as a beautiful piece of this big city.
Ask the Manila city government now how you can donate relief goods for the various evacuation centers. Our displaced countrymen needs your help.