|What a way to start 2018! If it wasn’t enough to witness the chorus of firecrackers and fireworks on New Year’s Eve, our local volcano, Mount Mayon, couldn’t stay out of the act. On January 13 it began emitting abnormally large amounts of smoke and ash blanketing several towns east of the mountain. Since then Mayon has remained irritable, blasting up pyroclastic materials and new plumes of ash sometimes 3 – 4 times a day and up to 5 km in altitude. The ash at times was so thick that it brought visibility to zero in the middle of the day. Last week plane flights were canceled, schools were suspended and over 90,000 residents evacuated from a 9 km radius surrounding the grumbling mountain.
But aside from Mayon’s eruptions, there have been other explosive blessings that God has released in Tiwala Kids and Communities this first month of 2018. Here are the highlights for this month:
Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers Outreach
On January 13, the day of Mayon’s first eruption, the staff of Tiwala Kids & Communities were all busy with the outreach sponsored by a group of mechanical engineers who wanted to share their blessings to 50 children in Victory Village. It was an inspiring afternoon for the kids as they listened to the engineers’ stories of how they worked hard in order to finish their studies. The guests also facilitated the games and gift-giving, and encouraged the kids to study hard and give back too to their communities someday. Everyone was having such a great time during the party that no one even noticed that Mayon was spewing ash plumes as high as 2,500 meters in the background. It was only on the way home that the staff and kids realized what was happening.