By Jessica Pag-iwayan
Photos by Ali Vicoy and Jansen Romero

It was an ordinary day, full of ordinary events, and ordinary people. Until this. 

Sunday, Jan. 12. It was supposed to be a laid-back weekend for people living in Batangas, and a restful day for tourists visiting Tagaytay until Taal Volcano decided to show its magnificent power.

In just a couple of hours, ash fall started to pour, turning the nearby municipalities into a desert-like state. Thousands of people evacuated their homes to save themselves from the wrath of the spewing volcanic ash and lava. And as if these are not yet enough, earthquakes started to hit the areas, damaging homes, livelihood, and public infrastructures.

Some of Manila Bulletin’s photographers and videographers are deployed in the affected areas of Batangas and Cavite to capture the current situation there and to show us what this catastrophe has done.

Here are some of their photos and videos, together with some images from the netizens.

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BROKEN HOME Series of earthquakes damage residential houses and public roads

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SAVING WHAT’S LEFT A man from Brgy. Sinisian in Lemery, Batangas, saves whatever he can from his house that was damaged due to tremors caused by the Taal volcano eruption.

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THEY ARE FAMILIES, TOO Animal owners save their pets that sometimes also serve as their business companions

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IT’S ALL GRAY Houses and public roads in the centrall town of Silang, Cavite are covered with thick volcanic ashes. It continues to spew ashes as of this morning, Jan. 14.

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Keep safe, everyone!

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