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BIRTHDAY AND CHRISTMAS ALL IN ONE PARTY

It’s the start of another work week to a brand spanking new decade. Happy new decade!

A cool party I had the pleasure of covering in the latter weeks of December. Yes, no vacation and almost all work (in between the holiday food parties, of course). And I have only just started to edit and process a few thousand photos from events this past month. Not to mention a few back log of photo books that need the final touch. 2010 is getting off to a good busy start!

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After the devastation of typhoon Ondoy last September the Philippines is on it’s toes again waiting for the imminent erruption of Mayon volcano. In between, there was almost an unending wale of fire engine sirens across Metro Manila. There is no official head count on the sirens but 4 of the major fires that happened this December were caught on pixels from the watch tower.

Unfortunately, December isn’t even over yet. There are still New Years eve fireworks that are itching to light up the night sky.

MacDy_0001 Malabon Fire 12/2009

December 4, 2009 fire leaves 291 families homeless in Valenzuela City. Each family expected to receive Pph5,000 financial assistance from the local government.

MacDy_0002 Quiapo Blaze

Decmeber 12, 2009, fire lasted 6 hours that started Thursday afternoon in Quiapo, Manila, leaving families homeless.

MacDy_0003 New Manila Fire

December 15, 2009, at 6 pm a blaze broke in a shantytown near house number 20 11th Street, New Manila, Quezon City. Close to 100 families were affected by the fire which is a few meters away from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine along Broadway Street.

MacDy_0001 Dec 22 Pasay/Makati Blaze

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Firefighters in the Philippine cities of Makati and Pasay put out a blaze that gutted 700 houses and left more than 3,000 families homeless, officials said.

UPDATE: JANUARY 03, 2010

Mayon volcano did not erupt as expected by The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and alert level has dropped from 4 to 3. Citizens of Legaspi City can now go back to their homes after spending almost the entire holiday season in evacuation centers.

But the agency, in a bulletin issued Saturday, said the lowering of the alert level “should not be interpreted that the unrest of the volcano has ceased. Alert Level 4 means a hazardous eruption is possible in days. Alert Level 3 means a hazardous eruption is possible in weeks.” – Enquirer.net

IMMINENT ERUPTION: MAYON VOLCANO

I, like many other Filipinos, have been following the news on the imminent eruption of Mayon volcano in Legazpi city. It is very unfortunate that another disaster is about to ruin the festive season. This incident reminds me of the Tsunami in December 26, 2004 that hit the coast of Indonesia. Of which, some compared it to the devastation caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Heroshima that ended WWII. Lets hope that Mayon will not wreck such havoc.

Photographs posted on this particular post were not captured by moi. Their respective copyright are mentioned with the accompanying photo.

Evacuees cook their meals amidst lava cascading down the slopes of the Mayon volcano in Legazpi city, Albay province, at dawn Thursday Dec.17, 2009, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. Security forces will forcibly evacuate thousands of residents reluctant to leave their farms near the smoldering volcano in the Philippines despite fears of a major eruption, officials said. (AP Photo/Dan Amaranto)

Lava continues to cascade down the slopes of Mayon volcano as viewed from Legazpi city in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines, Sunday evening Dec. 20, 2009. Government volcanollogists raised the five-level alert of Mayon volcano to 4 following increased activity of the country’s most active volcano. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country’s most active volcano became restive a week ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Soldiers prevent residents from venturing into the 8-kilometer-danger zone after government volcanol-logists raised the five-level alert of Mayon volcano activity to 4 after the country’s most active volcano showed increasing restiveness Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country’s most active volcano became restive a week ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippines Volcano December 2009Residents who were forcibly evacuated from the slopes of the restive Mayon volcano queue up for their daily ration as they are housed in a public school at Bacacay township, Albay province, about 500 kilometers (313 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. Tens of thousands of residents living around the slopes of Mayon volcano were evacuated to safer grounds after the country’s most active volcano spewed ash and continuing lava flow for six days now. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippines Volcano December 2009Evacuees, who were forced to evacuate from the continued restiveness of Mayon volcano, cook their meals at their temporary shelter at a public school in Bacacay township, Albay province, about 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country’s most active volcano became restive a week ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

From Yahoo News-AFP/Charism Sayat

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REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

capt.photo_1261366816687-1-0Fact file on the Mayon volcano in the Philippines, which could erupt within days according to the government volcanologists. Several thousand villagers in the firing line of the Philippines’ rumbling Mount Mayon volcano risk forcible evacuation unless they leave the danger zone, officials said Monday.(AFP/null)

capt.photo_1261200991286-2-0Graphic showing a cutaway view of a volcano. Seismologists indicate that the 2,460 metre (8,070 feet) Mayon volcano in the Philippines is preparing for a major eruption. (AFP Graphic)

The season is upon us. As I write this post it is exactly 19 days, 3 hours and 43 minutes til Christmas day. Wishing you all a safe and traffic free gift shopping season.

I have been post processing a few thousand photos from recent events-if you’ve noticed a lull in blog posting. But I will be posting more in the coming weeks as I take breaks in between processing sessions.

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