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Typhoon Lando Hits the Philippines on Sunday morning

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Update from PAGASA as of 12mn Monday 19 Oct 2015:

Signal No. 3: Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Abra.

Signal No. 2: Pangasinan, Zambales, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Apayao and Tarlac

Signal No. 1: Metro Manila, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands and Batanes.

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Typhoon Lando is now a super typhoon and is expected to hit the provinces of Aurora, Isabela and Quezon, where rainfall amount has moved from heavy to intense within a 650 km diameter of the typhoon. Lando is expected to make landfall by Sunday morning. When it does, storm surge may reach three (3) meters in Aurora province, including its neighboring provinces, while height of open sea waves may reach more than 14 meters. The center of Lando is expected to have winds of up to 175 kph and gustiness of 210 kph.

By Sunday afternoon, Lando will be in the vicinity of Nagtipunan, Quirino province.

By Monday afternoon, Lando will be in the vicinity of Lubuagan, Kalinga.

By Tuesday afternoon, Lando will be 20 km northwest of Aparri, Cagayan.

By Wednesday afternoon, Lando will be 70 km south of Baso, Batanes.

By Thursday afternoon, Lando will be 130 km northeast, above Basco, Batanes.

By Sunday morning, SIGNAL NUMBER 4 is up in Aurora province. This means very heavy damage to high-risk structures and considerable damage to structures of light materials. Medium-built houses may be unroofed with some collapsed walls and damages to doors and windows. Billboards will be blown away as well as large trees may be broken, downed or uprooted. For agriculture, there will be total damage to banana plantations, extensive damage to coconut plantations, and severe losses in rice and corn plantations.

By Sunday mid-morning, SIGNAL NUMBER 3 is up in Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Ifugao and Northern Quezon provinces, including Polillo Islands. Heavy damage to high-risk structures is expected while majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed, including some warehouses and bodega-type structures also being unroofed. Big trees may be broken, downed or uprooted, most banana plantations destroyed, coconut trees tilted or downed, while rice and corn plantations will suffer heavy losses. Widespread electrical and communications service disruption is expected.

By Sunday afternoon, SIGNAL NUMBER 2 will be up over the provinces of Metro Manila, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands, Benguet, Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, the rest of Quezon and Camarines Norte. This means high-risk structures may experience light to moderate damage like makeshift shanties and old, dilapitated schoolhouses. A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially damaged or unroofed, old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown away, old, wooden electrical posts tilted or downed, poorly constructed billboards damaged, some trees may be downed, broken or tilted, and considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees will be blown away.

By Sunday evening, SIGNAL NUMBER 1 will be up over the provinces of Batanes, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island, northern Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes. There will be very light damage to high-risk and makeshift structures in exposed communities. Trees of various types will be tilted and downed, and twigs of small trees may be broken.

Source: Severe Weather Bulletin No. 11, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Weather Division, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Republic of the Philippines.

Image from PAGASA.

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Free Public WiFi Hotspots in Metro Manila Activated

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will begin the pilot testing of its P1.4 billion “Free WiFi in Public Places” project this July 2015. Originally planned to be a limited service up to 256 kbps speeds, this limit will now be removed allowing speeds that cater to streaming video sites like YouTube.

The six areas that will commence the pilot test are:

  • Rizal Park, Manila
  • Quezon City Hall, Quezon City
  • Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
  • Philippine Coconut Authority (Philcoa), Quezon City
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) office, East Avenue, Quezon City
  • Social Security System (SSS) office, East Avenue, Quezon City

The next free WiFi hotspots planned for activation will be in the area of Pasig City and Mandaluyong City.

Read more from source: Philstar.com.

Title photo from wikimedia.org.

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Chasing Ice at the Science Film Festival

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MiniPhilippines.com was lucky to get the last invite from new media colleague Azrael for the premier film showing of “Chasing Ice,” a film that showed the tricky assignment of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog on the melting glaciers of the Arctic region. This National Geographic project was to capture images that help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. But instead of showing graphs, charts and statistics, Bolog’s time-lapse photographs clearly proved what the scientists and environmentalists have been saying all along — that mountains of ice have been disappearing at a breathtaking and alarming rate. For the first time, you can watch “Global Warming” on film rather than read it. Chasing Ice has won several awards, including from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival.

The film showing was done yesterday evening at the Alliance Française de Manille in Makati City, organized by the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of the United States of America, with the participation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). A crowd of new media bloggers representing Azrael’s Merryland, Juan Manila Express, Work@Home Pinas and RogueWriter, to name a few, and teachers and other guests were treated to wine, juices and a variety of food before everyone was ushered to the auditorium of the French cultural center. The director of the Goethe Institut, Dr. Petra Raymond, spoke about the film and the entire Science Film Festival (click this link for more information) that will take place between yesterday, November 4, until November 29, 2013. Films will be shown at the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Manila Ocean Park, Museo Pambata, Philippine Science Centrum, Quezon City Science Interactive Center, Ablan Foundation, the U.S. Embassy Manila, SM City Baguio, SM City Clark, SM City Lanang in Davao, NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center and inside the Department Of Science Technology’s Science Explorer Bus that will be toured in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Desiree Gestiada of Manila Ocean Park and Ivan Roblas from the Department of Science and Technology both hosted the evening’s preliminaries of introductions and speeches from the representatives of three organizations sponsoring the film showing.

Thirty films from 18 countries were selected by a Film Selection Jury composed of luminaries in the field of science and technology, culture, biodiversity and media. The films are divided in categories such as Family Edutainment, Ecology and Environment, Natural Science, Life Science & Technology, and Culture and History. The festival has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, meanwhile becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach with 130,000 visitors in 2010, 240,000 in 2011 and 370,000 visitors in 2012.

The theme of the festival this year 2013 is “Energy and Sustainability.” It looks at what solutions science and technology can offer in safeguarding the resources and benefits of the present for future generations and why civilization might be facing its greatest collective challenge in history this century.

The Science Film Festival 2013, being held internationally from October 7 – December 15, 2013, takes place in Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestine, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

For more information, you can visit the Science Film Festival 2013 website of the Goethe Institut. You may also “Like” their Facebook Page and view the photos and posts about the festival, or message the organization for more information.

Photos by @raffypekson via MniPhilippines.com

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