Suddenly, it rains

It's 6 p.m. March 16, 2018.
It's not so hot and I would have been content with a semi hot afternoon at this time of a birthday summer and then it rains outside, here near Clark freeport, Pampanga, Philippines. Refreshing. This means another cool weather tonight as I've always prayed for.

Nice sidewalk in old Angeles City downtown

Finally, old Angeles City downtown looks at par internationally with its sidewalks that used to be one for obstacle trainees, is finally laid over with neat tiles and cleared of vendors. Credit Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

Good weather, but...

At this time of the year in past years, weather would already be almost intolerably hot. Now it's not, and one would think that this part of the world is now being affected by climate change, because early morning temperature is rather low and makes electric fans obsolete. So I have colds but I still would rather have this fine thing than summer that sears. I just have to make sure I will not run out of toilet paper for nose blowing. and pray that through the summer months, dawns would remain kind. Colds could be okay. Promise.

Angeles City's Nepo area now

It is said that the Nepo center in Angeles City during the era of the US Air Force base at Clark Field was largely empty land, except for a quad that was famous for stalls selling American goods from Clark. The Americans left Clark in 1991 because Pinatubo volcano was about to erupt. It was  a departure that was to be made permanent by the non approval of the PHL-US Military Bases Agreement by the Philippine Senate the following year, The Nepo Center was left like an orphan. over the years, as Clark was converted into an economic zone luring investors with tax privileges, Angeles survived, prospered and attracted big malls. Nepo owners had to contend and invested in good buildings in their center. Now the Nepo center is unrecognizable from its American era years. Just see the photos below.

Some photos of the Nepo commercial center in Angeles City.

ASEAN in the Philippines, 2017

ASEAN  task force
VS. “lightning strikes”

nov. 1,, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga-  The ASEAN Security Task Force will be on the watch out for “lightning strikes” among routes to be negotiated by the convoy to escort foreign leaders and delegates from the Clark International Airport (CIA) to their Manila destinations and vice versa for the ASEAN 50 summit on Nov. 13 to 15.

Pampanga police operations chief Superintendent Michael John Riego explained that “lighting strikes” refer to the flashing of protest signs and other such actions along the escort routes, which include the length of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

In a forum of the Capampangans in Media, Inc. (CAMI), Riego said those who engage in such lightning strikes could be arrested.

This, even as Riego said  neither the SCTEX nor the NLEX would be closed to other motorists during ASEAN convoys.  “NLEX people did not want it probably because there would be heavy losses, so what will be implemented is a stop-and-go scheme to give way to the convoys,” he said.

Riego said that heavy traffic caused by the recent dry runs for the ASEAN event had been primarily due to “miscommunication.” 
He said that gaps in the dry runs have already been patched up and that the stop-and-go scheme to be adopted would probably cause motorists a delay of only five to 10 minutes.
Riego also said Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda has been tasked to welcome at the CIA the foreign leaders and other delegates to the ASEAN summit.
“The heads of states would be flown from Clark airport to Manila destinations. The rest would be escorted in convoys by land,” he said, adding that the traffic interventions would be done only for the arrival and departure of the ASEAN guests.

Riego also noted that the CIA parking could accommodate a maximum of four huge 747 aircraft and that others would probably be parked at Villamor air base.

There are reports, however, that the heads of states to attend the ASEAN summit would land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, while the rest would be landing at Clark.


It has been quite sometime since my last post. The Philippines has been through almost a year of Pres. Duterte, through the thousands killed in his anti-illegal drugs war. On the positive side, my elderly parents have been with me since they abandoned American life in the US some three years ago.

It's a great blessing that I now serve my father at 90 and my mother at 94, both still relatively well despite dad's poor heart condition and surfacing Alzheiner's and my mom's episodes of dementia.

Thus this morning, I again got pleasure serving them neat Filipino breakfast. Not opulent as the photo shows, but somewhat unordinary for the rhythm and variety: puto at dinugan, suman, and lugaw. That's Filipino breakfast any Filipino elderly would like after waking up to a part of the day they often find hard to ascertain without asking me or the kids in the house.

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