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Just got back from shooting two days straight for a short documentary on Mount Pinatubo.
Although the people living in the towns most affected by ashfall, floods and lahar seem to have come back from the brink, you can still get a sense of the magnitude of the destruction wrought by one of the smallest 'mountains' in the country.
The mood in the towns and cities (like San Fernando, Bamban, Porac, Guagua, etcetera) is decidely upbeat and optimistic (as the people of Pampanga seem driven to put on a brave front in the face of almost insurmountable odds and even in the direst of circumstances).
Things are much much better. Angeles is bustling with commerce once again, minus the stripjoints and hordes of ugly American Naval base personnel that used to patronize them. Clark Airbase is a ghost town but looks better that way (there is a great place to eat Bulalo and sisig there). Porac looks so much better.
God, it is so hard trying to construct sentences for all the impressions I had taken in. I wish I could show you the video now (they are at First Video right now, I guess or is it at the Philippine Information Agency -- the government agency that tapped me to write the script for the documentary).
Tomorrow, I shall upload pictures and tell a few more stories.
Tonight, I am going to have my back massaged.