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In a serendipitous moment of sheer brilliance, PAGASA finally musters the courage to declare something only the dead didn’t know:

“The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) yesterday officially declared the onset of the rainy season in the western section of the Philippines, which includes the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Metro Manila and Western Visayas.”

More: PAGASA: Rainy season is here

On a totally related note, it’s funny how the the phrase “as unpredictable as the weather” doesn’t ring true anymore, especially in light of how predictable the weather has been the past two months. For one, it’s never been easier to predict when it’ll rain: surely in the afternoon, it will. This phenomenon might clearly spell out the forthcoming irrelevance of weathermen, but it also stresses one of the most fundamental concepts of modern existence: dealing with a world on the verge of a disastrous climate change. But while it is true that climate change poses a bleaker picture of things to come, it still morphs nonetheless into a hip catchphrase for both the cool and the politically ambitious. In RP’s most recent celebration of a little funny movement called Earth Hour, for example, Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo, host of Studio 23’s News Central, proclaims, “Filipinos are finally aware of global warming.” Either the girl is hallucinating or just has a low neuron count who happens to earn a keep reading the idiot board, nobody knows, but one things is for sure: impoverished Filipinos are not the ones who should be force-fed concepts on human-induced climate change, but rather citizens of gas-guzzling nations whose greenhouse gas emission per capita sucks everybody into a world of harsher, most times deadly, and ever more predictable weather. Maybe Ria should take a breather and drown herself in the afternoon rain?


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