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    Earthquake in Manila (and Superstitions of Filipinos)

    At around 12:26pm earlier today, Tutubi, while having lunch, felt the tables and chairs move and plants swaying due to an earthquake. He just "enjoyed" the dizzying sensation and soon after, his officemates narrated how the elevator shook during the temblor.

    Earthquakes are nauseating when you're working in one of the tallest buildings of Manila.

    The Inquirer issued a flash report of the incident as a magnitude 6 earthquake with epicenter of 195 kilometers northwest of Manila. It was felt more in the cities of Pasig, Makati and Manila particularly tenants of tall buildings. Operations of LRT and MRT halted momentarily due to the temblor.

    Regarding the subject of superstitions, a pregnant officemate of Tutubi went to the shower to have a bath simply because of the earthquake might affect her unborn child. This is similar to the claim of many people that many eggs will get spoiled (bugok) during an earthquake.

    How superstitious can Filipinos get!

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 7:07 PM,


    At Nov 27, 2007, 1:56:00 PM, Anonymous carlotta said...

    i felt it too. my office is on the 9th floor and at first i thought i was going to collapse or something coz it's really a dizzying sensation. na-enjoy mo talaga yun? :)

    At Nov 27, 2007, 2:07:00 PM, Blogger iRonnie said...

    i felt it too.

    At Nov 27, 2007, 7:14:00 PM, Anonymous biyahengpinoy said...

    im not sure if i should be glad that i was sleeping when it happened. di ko talaga alam. anyway, i hope that it is not a bad sign.

    anyway, im not sure if you've seen my sagada video but clickthecity is currently featuring. here is the direct link so you can see it:

    At Nov 27, 2007, 8:04:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    I guess superstision is a cultural thing.

    At Nov 28, 2007, 4:53:00 PM, Anonymous kyels said...

    In every culture there bound to be superstitions.

    I've felt tremor once when one of the neighboring countries had an earthquake; that was a few years ago and I think it was Indonesia.

    At Nov 28, 2007, 5:22:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    I didn't feel it. I was in QC at that time :D

    At Nov 28, 2007, 7:06:00 PM, Anonymous dragonfly philippines said...

    carlotta, enjoy with quotes hehe

    ironnie, malakas dito sa amin sa taas ba naman ng bldg

    biyahengpinoy, siguro parang umikot mata mo while sleeping. will check your video later

    pieterbie, yes. might also be unique here though

    kyels, the most powerful earthquake i felt was the July 1990 one. too much destruction back then

    dodong, siguro wala ka sa mataas na bldg

    At Nov 28, 2007, 8:53:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    Never heard of such superstitions but they sure sound silly :)

    Earthquakes are very scary esp when you are in tall buildings. I just hope these shocks no matter how small stop from happening because they tend to weaken building foundations.

    At Nov 29, 2007, 9:40:00 AM, Anonymous dodong flores said...

    Tama. Nasa ground level lang ako at that time. Besides, hindi yata umabot sa QC? I'm not sure...

    At Nov 30, 2007, 9:59:00 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

    I hope we never have to face a serious Earthquake here in the Philippines...
    We have already enough problems!

    At Dec 1, 2007, 8:46:00 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

    Too bad I didn't feel the Earthquake! The last time I experienced it was on July 16, 1990 (the killer quake at 7.7 intensity). I was at the 4th floor of FEU Building studying Economics.


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