September 26, 2009, Saturday, we went to NAIA Terminal 3 at 9 am to fetch my mother who’s arriving from Kalibo, Aklan. On our way to the airport around 8 am, it was already raining hard and some roads going to the airport were starting to get flooded but still passable. At 10:27 am, Cebu Pacific flight 5J 332 arrived and minutes later, we’re all ready to go home to Caloocan. From NAIA Terminal 3, we will go to Airport Road, Domestic Road, MIA Road and Macapagal Avenue to get to Caloocan. It’s 11 am when we left the airport and the situation inside is still peaceful.
Outside, it was raining very hard and visibility when driving is difficult. But still we were able to manage despite the heavy rains up until Andrews Avenue corner Airport Road, that’s where the situation gets ugly. The cars and trucks already turned off their engines and some were parked at the nearest gas station because the flood in Domestic Road corner Airport Road is waist-deep and not passable.
After being stucked in the road for 3 hours, Jeff decided to go back to T3, eat lunch since we’re already hungry and wait for a few hours till flood subsided. Little did we know that we’re going to stay a little longer and the situation in Metro Manila is worse than expected.
At the food court of the airport, lots of stranded passengers were there waiting for their cancelled flights and also to eat lunch. All chairs were taken and some people just sat on the floor to eat. Some food chains like Jollibee and Yellow Cab were already closed because food were already sold out. Long lines at other stores such as Dimsum n Dumplings, Kopi Roti, Mister Donut and Mini Stop, people were buying food and mineral water.
Since it’s still raining outside and text messages from friends told us that it’s still flooded around Metro Manila, we decided to sleep at the airport and wait for the floods to subside and the rain to stop. Well, that’s also the plan of other passengers who are also at the airport at that time. We began to look for a nice place, or should I say “floor” to sleep on since all chairs were taken. Some opted to stay near the electricity outlets so that they can charge their phones or laptops. Some stayed behind the stairs, as for us, we slept at the departure area where its quieter. The airport management, knowing that there will be plenty of people who will be staying for the night, distributed cardboard boxes to protect from the super cold floors.
But this guy sought comfort from his hammock….
At 3:30 am the next day, flights were seem to be back to normal and so we decided to go home as well. Fortunately, floods subsided in the areas of Airport Road, Domestic Road, MIA Road, Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Blvd., road in the Port area and C3 Road here in Caloocan. Checking the news from plurks and Inquirer, I was shocked with the havoc this typhoon Ondoy has caused. Metro Manila was declared in a state of calamity and relief and rescue operations for the victims are ongoing. Please help in any way you can, you can donate at various organizations like ABS-CBN, Kapuso, Red Cross for food, medicines, clothes and cash.