Mount Pinatubo 1991 eruption Philippines
October 25, 2011 by staff
U.S. troops were in “R & R” (rest and recreation) from the time of the Vietnam War was over U.S. military base in Clark flooded the streets of the city of Los Angeles for a while.
But Pinatubo spoiled all the fun, burying the city and much of Central Luzon tons of ash and lahars. Experts said it was the largest volcanic eruption in modern history. Pinatubo also drove the Americans, who were at that time besieged by a growing clamor leaving Clark.
In September 1991, the Philippine Senate in a historic move, voted against the extension of the US-RP Agreement military bases, to terminate the tenure of the U.S. in all its military bases in the country, including Clark and Subic.
More than a year in the eruption of Pinatubo in October 1992, Angeles was still a devastated city, with many of its wealthy citizens and the elimination leaving their homes at very low prices. October was the month of celebration Angeles, but still darkness enveloped the city.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, roller occasional rock ‘n he was still in a bind as well. Getting to the city back on its feet, after the “double whammy” caused by the volcano and the sudden void left by the Americans (though Pamintuan was an anti-base activist himself), was a challenge faced .
The idea hit him like a stone in the head. He snapped his friends later: “Let’s rock n ‘!”
Tigtigan, Terakado keng Dalan (singing and dancing in the streets) was born.
The idea was to bring back the element that characterizes the City of Angels Fun.
Pamintuan, together with his chief of staff and partner in the fight against Alex Cauguiran grassroots movement, convinced the owners of commercial establishments that were affected by the volcano, mainly restaurants and bars, to open a store, and carry tables and chairs out along MacArthur Highway all night singing and dancing to literally wake up the city and its citizens to get out and conquer the darkness with the rock n ‘roll.
He also spoke with his band and other musicians in the city to put their acts again in various parts of the MacArthur Highway.
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