September 27, 2011. Exactly two years after typhoon Ondoy wreaked havoc with chart-topping rainfall, typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) struck the country.
It caused massive storm surges in the Luzon area, notably in Manila Bay, where tsunami-like waves crashed against the sea wall along Roxas Boulevard. The US Embassy was evacuated as a result, while seawater made its way into the lower level of the Sofitel Hotel. The rest of Luzon also experienced landslides, intense winds and heavy rainfall.
Eighty-three Filipinos were killed in Pedring‘s wrath, while more than $300 million in property were damaged in the typhoon’s wake. Three days later, typhoon Quiel made landfall in northern Luzon, causing floods and massive damages in the Cagayan Valley region.
Meanwhile, another “storm” brewed in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, as employees of the Philippine Airlines refused to work and went on strike, despite the heavy rains, to protest the imminent dismissal of over 2,600 workers. Thousands of passengers were stranded in NAIA, as 102 international and 70 domestic flights were cancelled by the airline. [Read the reports: Inquirer | Star]
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.