Sunday, 9 December 2012
This post is an account of life in Talakag when Uguiaban Bridge got washed away by Typhoon Pablo.
We have been expecting Typhoon Pablo as there was so much publicity about it in the papers, radio, TV and the internet. We thought we better prepare for it. We bought extra supplies (i.e. food, mineral water, gas, etc), in case we get trapped in the mountains for some time – like what happened during Typhoon Sendong last year.
And then it started. The rains came Monday night and turned to very heavy downpour by Tuesday, accompanied by strong winds. Bang on time as forecasted. We were concerned that with such amount of rainfall, there’s bound to be landslides somewhere.
By 3:00 pm, the rain stopped. People started to come out of their houses, checking for any damages. We came out onto the streets, as others in the neighbourhood, exchanging stories and experiences.
Then came the shocking news that Uguiaban Bridge has been washed away totally. We saw people’s OMG facial expression of disbelief! There was panic everywhere. Everyone started talking all at the same time. As they say “seeing is believing”. So off to Uguiaban we went to see the damage for ourselves. The whole bridge was gone, washed a few meters downstream and was now lying by the riverbank on the Cagayan de Oro side. The river was still swelling with force. The scene was worrisome. People and vehicles cannot get across anymore. We’re trapped!
Ah but the abandoned old bridge that was built in the late 1950s is still standing. Yeah, we were relieved. In fact, people were able to use it as a footbridge to get across that late afternoon. It’s not too bad after all. How wrong we were! The rain continued throughout the night and as a result, the strong current eroded the ground around the post of the old bridge on the Talakag side. By Wednesday morning, the gap has widened that the safety of the old bridge was now under threat. Oh no!
People were desperate to get across. So a makeshift linkbridge was laid for the day just to cover the gap. This comprised THREE round timber poles laid horizontally – imagine the very ones MORESCO uses for electric poles? You have to be really brave and desperate to get across the other side to walk on those. The faint hearted either crawled their way over, whilst others postponed their crossing to another day. The only consolation we had was that Bukidnon Governor Calingasan visited that day to check the situation and conferred with DPWH people to put in place what’s necessary.
Thursday was an experience! Yeah, I was getting desperate too that I went across to attend to some urgent business in the city – can’t be helped. Fortunately, the DPWH people worked overtime laying some steel platform on the old bridge. The only snag is that it’s a foot high, so we have to use timber planks (flat and wider this time) as a ramp. At least, they were more reliable than the THREE poles used the previous day. By the way, people on each side of the river have to take turns in crossing. And you also have to endure a kilometer hike from the van/jeepney drop-off point by the big Balite tree, walk to the bridge, get across the bridge, then walk on the other side to the van/jeepney pick-up point by the Langaon slip road. The whole Talakag to Cagayan trip actually took me 2 hours in total - this also included the waiting time for the vans/jeepneys which operated on “alas puno” schedule. If you have baggages, the porters were making a living charging 10 pesos per bag or 20 pesos per box. So price increase of goods, etc is inevitable.
Friday and Saturday activities were pretty much the same. DPWH people were working overtime on the steel ramps to make it passable for light vehicles.
Sunday is the big day. People in Talakag were able to see the the Pacquiao-Marquez rematch at the Plaza. This was made possible by Bukidnon 1st District Congressman Paras’ mobile facility which was among the first to get through. YES! The old bridge finally opened for light vehicles to go across. Passengers have to get out and into the vans/jeepneys and the trucks have to unload and load their cargoes at the foot of the bridge before crossing. It’s still inconvenient but hey, look on the bright side. There's a way out and we’re not stranded anymore!
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Monday, 3 December 2012
It’s definitely the twinkle of bright-coloured lights that sets the scene for Christmas. I’ve just taken these pictures tonight from the Talakag Plaza and the Talakag Central School.
This year’s Christmas lights theme around the Plaza is what I would describe as minimalist – but I like it. It’s simple, uncluttered and practical.
On the other hand, the Christmas lights display at the Central School is indeed some work of art. It should be! As for the very first time, teams of students from Bukidnon State University (Talakag Campus) are competing for prizes! Each team is assigned a tree to decorate with Christmas lights, glitters and any other material they fancy.
P.S. - I heard that Dole in San Isidro (just outside their gate) have their own Christmas lights display too,. I will add their pictures here later.
Monday, 8 October 2012
Today, I visited the COMELEC Office of Talakag to obtain the names of candidates seeking election come May 2013:
Name of Candidate - Political Party
1. Macapayag, Nestor - Bukidnon Paglaum
2. Sulatan, Renato Roa - Aksyon Demokratiko
3. Tinoy, Rodnie Lupiahan - DPP
For Vice Mayor
1. Factura, Vergito Ociones - Bukidnon Paglaum
2. Sansanan, Rosenio Samontao - Aksyon Demokratiko
For Councilors (in alphabetical order)
1. Aguda Sr, Oscar Dacuycuy - Bukidnon Paglaum
2. Amatiaga, Aileen Balones - Independent
3. Asilan, Geonoro Luminda - Aksyon Demokratiko
4. Co, Dionecio Tambeling - Independent
5. Dalman, Sargenio Ganohon - Aksyon Demokratiko
6. Dayanan, Gerry Matulac - Bukidnon Paglaum
7. Gayonan, Susan Bustillo - Bukidnon Paglaum
8. Gomez, Fernando Andamon - Aksyon Demokratiko
9. Haguingan, Fidel Yacapin - Independent
10. Lladas, Raul Naveses - Aksyon Demokratiko
11. Macapayag, Ryan Noble - Bukidnon Paglaum
12. Madrigal, Lito Mapano - Aksyon Demokratiko
13. Mercado, Jonathan Caballero - Independent
14. Monje, Angelo Obod - Aksyon Demokratiko
15. Murillo, Reynaldo Yanez - Independent
16. Nanolan, Edgar Tiguman - Independent
17. Neri, Samuel Maandig - Independent
18. Noble Jr, Amado Zayas - Independent
19. Omriso, Aurelio Albano - Aksyon Demokratiko
20. Onda, Junna Molinas - Independent
21. Pacuno, Abdon Villanueva - Independent
22. Sabang, Yolanda Sotelo - Bukidnon Paglaum
23. Seno, Wilfredo Deveza - Bukidnon Paglaum
24. Sindalan, Delilah Orcajada - Aksyon Demokratiko
25. Sungkitan, Junice Baclay - Bukidnon Paglaum
26. Taqueban, Carlos de Castro - Bukidnon Paglaum
27. Tianzon, Romeo Blanco - Independent
For a list of candidates for various Bukidnon provincial seats, please check Bukidnon Online. For Talakagnons, the ones to watch out for are:
· 1st District Congressman Jess Paras who is seeking re-election.
· Vice Governor Zubiri who is keen to be Governor again.
· Fellow Talakagnon Allan Bigcas aka ALBIGS (the new politician on the block) who is running for Governor against Zubiri.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
It has been very quiet around Talakag since my last post in June and nothing much to write about really. However, today is different. There’s been a lot of activity around the town since the crack of dawn. Well, nothing beats writing a perfect comeback post that hits the ground (literally) running! I’m referring to the “Saint Joseph High School: First Fun Run”. See details below.
|Serious runners for the 5K|
|Jim on his way back to the Finish Line|
|Runners from the Yellow Team|
|Here comes the sun|
|Mt Kitanglad on the Horizon|
|Me and Portia smiling our way to the Finsh Line|
|Water and Bananas available at the Finish Line|
|Jim at the Finish Line|
|Me at the Finish Line|
|Leo at the Finish Line|
|Jim, Maya and the Doc next door|
|Leo and the two Allans|
|My dog Maya|
Thursday, 28 June 2012
|Roadwork in Progress|
|From Bethany facing Poblacion Talakag Direction|
|From Bethany facing Sto Nino Direction|
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
I’ve been very busy since the start of this year, what with:
- Returning from a UK trip
- Dahilayan Trip with SJHS Batch 74 Reunion
- Celebrating my birthday at La Gracia Resort
- Linggo ng Talakag Celebrations
- Trip to Malaybalay to see the Rodeo Show at the Kaamulan Festival
- Attending various Graduation Ceremonies around Talakag
- Coordinating the SJHS Batch 75 Reunion at La Gracia Resort
- Another trip back to the UK to attend my son’s wedding
Finally, I’m back . . . . . and getting used to my usual routine.
I really missed keeping this Blog updated - my last post was March! Now I’m looking forward to uploading a backlog of photos and stories to share. Better late than never. Cheers!
Monday, 19 March 2012
It’s that time of the year again and the Linggo Ng Talakag preparations are all set. The usual funfare are in place and the motocross race tracks have been graded.
The Colourful Buntings and Festival Banners are up. The Exhibitor's Stalls are in position. The Food Stalls are open for business. The Ukay-ukay Stalls are in place. Popcorn and Cotton Candy Carts are dotted all around the Plaza and so with the Angry Bird Balloons.
Friday, 16 March 2012
It has been 3 months since Sendong struck Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Bukidnon and left devastation along its path. Our very own Talakag got cut-off from CDO due to several landslides. I counted 8 landslides in total between this stretch of road. Lorries carrying agricultural products got stuck. Jeepneys and vans carrying passengers couldn't get through. People, who found it necessary to travel, had to walk in knee-deep mud for half a kilometer in some areas just to get over the other side. It took 10 days to make the roads barely passable again for vehicles.