Three years ago in September, classes from elementary up to college were suspended after hard-pouring rain accompanied by strong winds hit the northern regions of the Philippines.

The international community called the typhoon “Ketsana” but the Philippine weather bureau named it “Ondoy”. In no less than one second after Ketsana left us, another typhoon came leaving hundreds homeless and lifeless.

We heard over the radio that a new typhoon called “Pepeng” (Parma) entered our area. After receiving warnings from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) via local newscasts, the electricity went out.