By Andrew Jonathan S. Bagaoisan
CASIGURAN, AURORA–The black sky gradually breaks into a swirl of orange and purple.
Pockets of smoke rise in the distance, from wood– debris or fallen branches –being burnt in piles throughout town.
All is awake–a new day for Aurora’s northern town of Casiguran, still reeling from the super typhoon it first welcomed to the Philippines early this week.
The days are now dry, the run-up to sundown again climbing to stinging hot–evidence of the upside-down turn of climate.
It’s a far cry from the hours of what the locals say was their worst and longest ordeal under a storm since they could remember.
They haven’t gone past the after-effects of it–eating breakfast in candlelight, settling for the radio during lunch instead of the usual noontime TV habit, and rushing home before darkness once again envelopes their power-less town.
But they’re thankful to have at least survived Lando.