Pictures From Typhoon Ondoy

Share This Post: pics are worth a thousand words, and these pretty much say it all, with Renzie Baluyut.

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Here’s a collection of pics I found all over Facebook- special thanks to Jeremiah Reyes and Jr Lo for initiating the effort to compile all the pics they could and share it for all the world to see.  If you want get an idea of how things were going down in Metro Manila after these events were happening, check out my other post monitoring online chatter through my friends’ and colleagues’ activities on Facebook.

Please take note that I do not own these photos.  I merely share this to give you all an idea of how bad things were when Typhoon Ondoy /Ketsana hit Metro Manila on the day of 26 September 2009.  As mentioned, these pics were already compiled by Jeremiah Reyes and JR Lo.  If you own the pictures, please let me know, so I can give you proper credit, as well as a link on this post.

Satellite image of the storm: Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana was directly above Metro Manila, ready to drop all that rain down on an unsuspecting city.
A photo shared by Jam Mercado.  When the rains hit, ankle-deep floodwaters are a nuisance, but fairly manageable.  What people didnt know was that there was a lot more rain coming through, and the results would be disastrous.
A photo shared by Jam Mercado. When the rains hit, ankle-deep floodwaters are a nuisance, but fairly manageable. What people didn't know was that there was a lot more rain coming through, and the results would be disastrous.
Floodwaters starting to build up in Merville, a residential subidivision in Parañaque City.  Taken just before noon of the 26th.
Floodwaters starting to build up in Merville, a residential subidivision in Parañaque City. Taken just before noon of the 26th.
An underpass along Makati Avenue is all flooded up. Around noontime on Sept 26, in Makati City.
It doesnt usually flood up in the Central Business District of Makati.  So when you see something like an underpass flood up completely, you know somethings gone terribly wrong.
It doesn't usually flood up in the Central Business District of Makati. So when you see something like an underpass flood up completely, you know something's gone terribly wrong.
The corner of Buendia Avenue and the South Expressway usually floods up, yes, but not like this at all.  The water was quickly rising up to chest-level, and vehicles unfortunate enough to get stuck there just had to be abandoned.
The corner of Buendia Avenue and the South Expressway usually floods up, yes, but not like this at all. The water was quickly rising up to chest-level, and vehicles unfortunate enough to get stuck there just had to be abandoned.

The Manila Peninsula Hotel at the corner of Makati Avenue, which doesnt usually flood up.  Nearby Greenbelt was also all flooded up at the time this picture was taken.
The Manila Peninsula Hotel at the corner of Makati Avenue, which doesn't usually flood up. Nearby Greenbelt was also all flooded up at the time this picture was taken.
Floodwaters in Manila, at the corner of Taft Avenue and Vito Cruz.
Floodwaters in Manila, at the corner of Taft Avenue and Vito Cruz.
A view of Taft Avenue, in the area of De La Salle University, from above.  What you dont see are the several levels of basement parking from all the nearby buildings all flooded up by the time this picture was taken.
A view of Taft Avenue, in the area of De La Salle University, from above. What you don't see are the several levels of basement parking from all the nearby buildings all flooded up by the time this picture was taken.
Floodwaters this high, as it turns out, was just the beginning.  Unfortunate souls in places like Marikina, Cainta and Pasig had their houses submerged entirely!
Floodwaters this high, as it turns out, was just the beginning. Unfortunate souls in places like Marikina, Cainta and Pasig had their houses submerged entirely!
Raging floodwaters poured right inside houses all over the city.  The lucky ones were able to get most of their stuff up to higher ground.  Needless to say, property damage all over the city was rather extensive.
Raging floodwaters poured right inside houses all over the city. The lucky ones were able to get most of their stuff up to higher ground. Needless to say, property damage all over the city was rather extensive.
All over the city, car owners woke up that morning to heavy rains that threatened to submerge their cars if they didnt move them quickly enough to higher ground.  This one was taken in Valle Verde II, a residential village in Pasig City.
All over the city, car owners woke up that morning to heavy rains that threatened to submerge their cars if they didn't move them quickly enough to higher ground. This one was taken in Valle Verde II, a residential village in Pasig City.
Flooding along C5, right in front of the SM Hypermart.  As you can see, the waters are deep enough for you to actually swim in.  My apartment is less than 10 minutes away from this place- I havent checked it yet at the time I saw this photo, but I know Id be dealing with massive water damage when I get home.
Flooding along C5, right in front of the SM Hypermart. As you can see, the waters are deep enough for you to actually swim in. My apartment is less than 10 minutes away from this place- I haven't checked it yet at the time I saw this photo, but I know I'd be dealing with massive water damage when I get home.
A Toyota Corolla caught completely submerged in the floods in the area of Araneta Avenue in QC.  Yes, the driver side window was open the entire time.
A Toyota Corolla caught completely submerged in the floods in the area of Araneta Avenue in QC. Yes, the driver side window was open the entire time.
The same Toyota Corolla, a few minutes later.  Cars submerged in floodwater were fairly common all over the city this whole day.
The same Toyota Corolla, a few minutes later. Cars submerged in floodwater were fairly common all over the city this whole day.
While flooding in the area of Araneta Avenue in Quezon City is generally expected because of the nearby creek, what was frighteningly unusual was that a scene like this was going on in places that dont normally flood up.
While flooding in the area of Araneta Avenue in Quezon City is generally expected because of the nearby creek, what was frighteningly unusual was that a scene like this was going on in places that don't normally flood up.
Thats a Honda CRV, submerged right in front of the gates of Xavier School in San Juan City.
That's a Honda CRV, submerged right in front of the gates of Xavier School in San Juan City.
Even as floodwaters come crashing down towards low-lying areas, you can see how the sheer volume of water makes roads and sidestreets virtually impassible, as vehicles get knocked aside and even swept away in that rush of floodwater.  This was taken in the area of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
Even as floodwaters come crashing down towards low-lying areas, you can see how the sheer volume of water makes roads and sidestreets virtually impassible, as vehicles get knocked aside and even swept away in that rush of floodwater. This was taken in the area of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
Katipunan Avenue, this time from above.  You can see that tangle of vehicles attempting to head out towards the areas of Marikina, Cainta and Pasig.  Motorists might not have been aware of it at the time, but the floodwaters in those areas were climbing at an alarming rate.
Katipunan Avenue, this time from above. You can see that tangle of vehicles attempting to head out towards the areas of Marikina, Cainta and Pasig. Motorists might not have been aware of it at the time, but the floodwaters in those areas were climbing at an alarming rate.
Rains were constantly pouring down all night.  As all the waters were pouring down into nearby creeks, canals and rivers, the banks started swelling up, spilling back all that water onto the surrounding areas.  Hard hit were Marikina, Cainta, and areas of Pasig, then the areas of Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila and Quezon City.  Just a few hours into the afternoon, the rest of the city was submerged in water.
Rains were constantly pouring down all night. As all the waters were pouring down into nearby creeks, canals and rivers, the banks started swelling up, spilling back all that water onto the surrounding areas. Hard hit were Marikina, Cainta, and areas of Pasig, then the areas of Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila and Quezon City. Just a few hours into the afternoon, the rest of the city was submerged in water.
The Fort Area in Taguig.  Never have I known this area to flood up.  First time it ever happened, if my memory serves me right.
The Fort Area in Taguig. Never have I known this area to flood up. First time it ever happened, if my memory serves me right.

Check out the news coverage on Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana on the BBC and CNN here.  Photos from all over the city can be found here on Yahoo News.

Read about my own personal Typhoon Ondoy /Ketsana here.

46 thoughts on “Pictures From Typhoon Ondoy

  1. please i want to know more about what happened in merville paranaque regarding typhoon ondoy, cause i have relatives in there but i dont know what happen to them now. pls. response

    1. Riza: I have friends and family who live in Merville. They’re OK as far as I know- but let me ask just to be sure. Let us know if you get in touch with them as well.

    2. Hello Riza.

      A friend of mine who lives in Mervlle said that the main road got flooded chest-high, and that was the first time she remembered that ever happening. In fact, she wasn’t able to go home on the night of the floods (the 26th), and her husband and son ended up sleeping in San Beda.

      The waters have subsided yesterday for the most part. A lot of cars got intensive water damage though. Otherwise, everything’s alright now.

      Hope this helps.

  2. We have never had an experience on that scale in the 5 decades of my life in this part of the world . For all the negitives stuff with hard to get along with prople , vain and conceited , politicians , trouble with marrages it seems palr in compareison with that.I guess we all have our crosss to bear, however I am glad mine is not a wet one…

  3. kdg54ca777: They said the last time a similar deluge like this happened in the Philippines some 42 years ago- years before I was born.

    It’s tough, but we all have to pick up the pieces and move on. And I agree, it’s all a matter of perspective as well. My apartment may have had minor property damage, but that’s nothing compared to what some of the other folks around here have gone through.

    Hey, thanks for stopping by.

  4. Remember how the AFP from Luzon disrupted the Eidl Fitr prayers
    and Celebration in Indanan town last September 20. 2009 in Sulu?
    It went on without saying literally ‘denying’ this people their
    right to worship the Almighty Allah.

    God didn’t wait till the next month to penalize the People who
    were responsible for that. His wrath is overwhelming and don’t
    make him angry. That day was for the faithful to say their thanks
    to Allah. Who are you to distract that ‘contract’ will the Almighty?

    Defense Secretary ‘Gibo’ Teodoro, The NDCC Chairman, Believe in God
    for ‘Giba’ is the most destructive of all. Besides, there you can’t
    defend on God’s WRATH.

    1. This is the most stupid comment I have read, adding an insult to the pain our countrymen gone through.

      Whatever happened here was never God’s will, he won’t take revenge to those who are innocent.

      The God we are all praying at is just the same. How can you think Allah is different from our God? how come you muslims have a grudge at us christians but we don’t.

    1. Hello Jen. These aren’t my pics, but pics shared by so many people on Facebook, we have no idea who they are anymore, unless a caption specifically says so.

      Share and share alike: please credit Jeremiah Reyes and JR Lo for having compiled the pics in the first place.

      Cheers!

  5. Update as of September 28, 2:00PM:

    According to Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina, you can text the names of missing persons to the relief and rescue command posts located in Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal. Needless to say, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig and Cainta are the four areas badly hit by Typhoon Ondoy /Ketsana.

    For Marikina: coordinate with Mon Santiago at +63920.9389914
    For Quezon City: coordinate with Teresa Amarillo at +63921.6555262
    For Pasig City: send text to +63918.9356318;
    For Cainta: +63917.5606241.

  6. sad pictures…yet very informative, very alarming…but that’s the reality…

    for some it’s over…

    some can move on little by little…

    some start all over again…

    but to many…it’s again the begining…

    begining to start all over again…

    how and when still unclear

    we can extend help in so many ways…

    it’s nice to know, there are so many people ready to lend a helping hands

    Inspite of what happened, let’s not loose hope…

    Sun will shine again…

    But is a part of our existence…?

    Or maybe it’s the fruit of what we planted…?

    What we need to do is Pray and trust HIM, for it is the only powerful way,

    GOD’s heart is not a stone…HE will listen always…because HE loves us so much

    hope that force of nature will help us to realize the importance of taking good care of our fragile earth…

    earth can never be duplicated, can never be pirated…

    let’s bear in our minds and in our hearts…

    we only have one earth…

  7. i have relatives in a subdivision in Pasig, near Ever Gotesco Mall (Ciudad Grande Subdivision). I would like to know the current situation there? Please respond, Thanks & Godspeed

    1. Hello Thel.

      I hope you’ve already been able to get in touch with your relatives in Ciudad Grande.

      A friend of mine on Facebook shared this update yesterday (she shared it on Sept 28 at 1:26pm):

      I’m not sure where these areas are but my family lives in Ciudad Grande, near Ever Gotesco, Ortigas Ext in Pasig. So far, roads are passable and my siblings were able to go home and see my parents safe and sound. I hope that info helps.

  8. to concerned citizens, please ask the appropriate authorities to look as well the area of pasig (in particular pag-ibig homes and those villages nearby like villa alegre, cristina homes etc)..they still don’t have electricity and the flood is still up to waist level :(

  9. tigilan na kc pamumutol ng kahoy sa gubat..mga nakaupo di na magpapalaki ng bulsa…di na isip ng gobyerno na mag lagay ng pumping station sa boung metro manila o di kayay floodway system…

  10. Is there any information about Celeridad St. near Tramo, in Pasay? There were report of areas not passable like brgy 180, 185, 187. I don’t know if they are anywhere close Zamora Elementary School.

    1. Hello Ron.

      The pictures I used here are not mine, as I’ve also taken them from Facebook. At the height of the flooding, all these pics were passed around so much, we’ve lost track of the original owners at some point.

      So go right ahead and use them, and mention that you got them from this blog. I hope to find the owners of the original pics some day, and give them proper credit as well.

      Cheers.

    1. Yes, the flooding brought out the best, as well as the worst in us all. A lot of good people helped out, not just in the rescue and relief efforts, but also in spreading the word, helping clean up, and getting others involved in all the volunteer work that was going on.

  11. I felt sad about the pictures you posted.
    Sobrang ang daming affected. :(
    by the way, can i ask your permission to use some of your photos?
    i’ll credit you for that. thanks a lot. God bless you. :)

    1. Hello there.

      As I have mentioned to Ron earlier on in this post, the pictures I used here are not mine, as I’ve also taken them from Facebook. At the height of the flooding, all these pics were passed around so much, we’ve lost track of the original owners at some point.

      So go right ahead and use them, and mention that you got them from this blog. I hope to find the owners of the original pics some day, and give them proper credit as well.

      Cheers.

      1. I am looking for information about putatan muntinlupa. specifically south green height village. also perhaps in the bilibid prison(itaas elementary school)area—what kind of damages.

  12. song of bahay kubo in bagyong ondoy: bahay kubo
    dami putik ang pumasok doon ay sarisari nilamas na karton sirang medyas at damit silya basurang mapanghi ondoy parusa binura marikina at tsaka meron pa lubog din ang edsa montalban at pasig taytay at cainta sa paligidligid ay puno ng baha :( sa na hindi na maulit yung ondoy kasi 1 years old na sya eh

  13. kawawa po sila by: cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccj

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