Gigmoto Catanduanes After Super Typhoon Dindo in 2004

Perhaps, many in Catanduanes could still vividly remember Category 5 super Typhoon Dindo (Typhoon Nida) when it slammed last May 17, 2004 at 165 mph (266 km/h), taking everyone by surprise. And here is another surprise, a video taken in Gigmoto right after the storm.

Like many, I thought that Typhoon Dindo was a mere tropical depression in the middle of summer. There was no manifestation that it was a powerful typhoon since there was no rain except winds. However, on the evening of May 16, everything became clear, the wind is so strong that when it hit the concrete walls, the whole house vibrates.

At around 11:00 AM, there was a lull and everyone went out thinking that it was over. Some locals then started repairing their damaged roofs and walls. But after an hour or two of calmness, the south monsoon hit back with much powerful winds. It was the first time I saw an empty gin bottle hovered few inches in the air for a few seconds.

The powerful typhoon triggered landslides, destroyed houses and capsized a ferry, killing at least 19 people and leaving hundreds homeless in the Philippines, officials said Wednesday as the storm blew toward Japan.

A one fine day in Gigmoto bay taken last September on the Feast of Pe├▒afrancia.