In an otherwise ordinary day-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
SOMETHING out of the ordinary happened in parts of Cebu yesterday.
In the third district of Cebu, it rained ice in Pinamungajan, and lightning bolts pierced two persons to death in the neighboring city of Toledo.
Closer to Cebu City, in Olango and Mactan islands, a man turned a century on the strength of his libido, and a husband and wife were arrested for pimping their three children to cyber oglers.
The rain of ice pellets was not the first to have happened in Pinamungajan. A similar occurrence was reported in May last year and damaged houses made of light material.
More than a year after, it happened again, only this time the hail stones dropped in another part of Pinamungajan, a town that has enthralled visitors for reasons like ice rain and correct spelling (whether it's an H or a J). In both instances, the rain of hail stones came a day after the sun shone like a teenager in love.
A strange occurrence in a small town and even smaller barangay is always interpreted by the superstitious lot as an omen of the end of the world. Yesterday's rain in Pinamungajan was sudden and quick and its drops hurt.
Someone described an ice drop to be as big as a fist, and by the grace of God, it did not fall on anyone's head. People with debts to pay prayed for singko coins to fall from heaven. So all credit-mired out there may know, money is not a factor in condensation and precipitation.
The chances of being struck by lightning are higher than money falling from the skies.
And so it came to pass that on the same day that money did not fall in Pinamungajan, lightning struck a mother washing clothes in open air and a young man walking on the road in Toledo City.
Lighting, meteorologists say, does not strike twice in the same place. At 1:25 p.m. in Barangay Biga, a lightning struck a 24-year-old married man. Five minutes later in nearby Barangay Bawod, another lightning hit a 37-year-old mother of four.
Lightning bolts have replaced drugs in Toledo City.
But someone got high yesterday in Barangay Talima in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City.
Flaviano Ompad Sr. received P25,000 cash from Mayor Paz Radaza for reaching a milestone: He turned 100 years old.
To mark this centennial event, the mayor had the area of the street where Ompad's house is, closed on his birthday. Ompad has 24 children--16 from his wife, eight from two other women he had loved (status of all three unknown)--and 96 grandchildren and 216 great grandchildren.
At 100 years old, Ompad has a 60-year-old girlfriend. He eats utan bisaya and avoids fried food as the key to living almost eternally. Ever the macho guy, Ompad picks up a bucket and fetches water from the poso or artesian well. By the grace of heavens, he does not slip or stumble and so he will live till 200.
Ompad lives in an islet off Mactan and is unaware that he is living in an era of interconnectivity. He is traditional; he likes his woman close. And by his standards, 60 years old is young.
Across Olango, in Cordova town, young is a 16-year-old kid, or 10 or 11. Their parents find economic use of them by showing their undressed bodies to strangers they see on computer screens.
Authorities arrested a mother and a father in their house yesterday after someone told on them that they were engaging their children in cybersex. In Cordova, parents pimping their children online is no longer out of the ordinary.
So that was how the first Wednesday of September 2013 went in Cebu. Long live, Lolo Flaviano!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2013.