Having a chance to go in present or will go back to past is a pri
vilege, some might think that they will go back to their past to correct their mistakes that they have been made before, some will go to the future to control or correct the wrong decision that they will do in the future. But if I will be give
n a chance to have a time machine I will go and wa
tch the happenings before, during and after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
Who will think that this paradise once become a nightmare that brought traumatic
experiences to the people in Luzon?
In June 1991, the second largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century took place on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. In its wake 847 people lay dead, 184 injured, 23 missing, and more than 1 million people displaced. Hundreds of millions of dollars in private properties and infrastructure lay in ruins which would require tens of billions of pesos and several years to rebuild. For months, the ejected volcanic materials remained suspended in the atmosphere where the winds dispersed them to envelope the earth.
I want to see how Luzon looks like before the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo specifically my province Pampanga. Every time I passed by in Bacolor Pampanga the effect of Mt. Pinatubo still exists; you can see houses and infrastructures that still buried in lahar. I want to see the whole San Bartolome Church, I want to enter to the entrance door of the church the real and the original entrance door, because now their entrance door are just the windows. I want to see what is the job or cost of living of the people before, because now one of the cost of living of the people in Central Luzon is sand, which is made by the eruption. If there is one good thing that the eruption brought to the provinces of Central Luzon that is the “sand” which gave another way of living. We all know that Pampanga is a quarry center.
I want to see or help the people during the eruption, probably I want to bring some gadgets or things from the present time that I can use to save lives of the people. I know that in our time today there are so many things that we can use to help those people who are in that situation at that time. I also want to be there to watch how people survive that kind a tragedy. My aunt, cousins and grandmother told us what they did during that time. I’m only 3 months old at that time, what if they did not survive that am I still alive? They told me that they walk from Pampanga to Manila they also use “gareta” to bring our things they don’t know where to go at that time, all they know is that they just need to survive.
I want to see how people continue with their life after the tragedy. It is like Ondoy experience but worst than Ondoy, their houses were buried but in Ondoy when the water is gone their houses were still there. I want to see where did they go and where did they live after the eruption. Maybe I can bring some tent if I can go back in that time.
If we have the time machine to go back in time why not try to make a change or help the people who might need your help, maybe it can change the history but atleast you made something that is worthy. Or we can also learn to the experiences during that time, experience id the best teacher.