SQUARE POINT: The wrath of nature PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 January 2012 14:02

BY Jack Edward Enriquez

Northern Mindanao particularly Cagayan de Oro City has slumped in deep sorrows and grief while the Christian world has started the traditional “Misa de Qallo” in all Catholic churches.

According to news reports, the torrential rains over the mountains of Bukidnon have brought tremendous volume of water into the Cagayan de Oro river causing a big flood at early dawn of Saturday. The overflowing water spilled all over the plains of 27 barangays as the newly awakened folks were eaught unaware not knowing what to do to save their lives. As of press time, more than 600 were confirmed dead mostly in a state of decomposition, many were reportedly missing and about 8,000 families were rescued and housed in evacuation centers. Dead bodies inside bags were piled along the highways and garbage sites since the funeral parlors can no longer accommodate all the bodies retrieved. No other means, but mass burial as the last recourse to avoid the occurrence of diseases or epidemics.

Waitings, weepings and lamentations were heard from grieving relatives among the thousands of evacuees.

While here in Zamboanga City, we sleep comfortably in our homes, get up early in the morning for the “Misa de Gallo”, attend a jubilant Christmas party, go shopping for the Noche Buena and enjoy the spirit of Christmas with our families.

But remember— Cagayan de Oro has never been flooded this way. There was no horrible disaster like this before as a result of a storm or typhoon. It’s reminiscent of what happened in Ormoc City sometime ago. The causes— forest denudation, mining, quarrying, housing project and other forms of destruction on our environment.

Try to reflect and search your conscience if you happen to be the subject of our notion or perception. We might be next in line to face the wrath of nature.
One morning after the “Misa de Gallo”, there was a meaningful song on the radio— “Man will live forevermore because of Christmas Day.” Then, the faces of the weeping survivors flashed in my mind.

By the way, let’s continue our efforts with more fervor to promote and preserve our beautiful Chavacano. Its historical value is so great that reminds us of the turbulent times under the Spanish rule. We’ve learned many bitter lessons as a conquered and colonized land of the Indios. Chavacano serves as an inspiration in our mission to build a marvelous Latin City of Asia.

For those who want to communicate with my friend who’s coming out with the first poetry book in Chavacano, we would like to inform you that he appreciates very much to get in touch with you through this column.