Netizens share their Orionids meteor shower experience

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019   •   334

The peak of the Orionids meteor shower began on Monday midnight (October 21) until the dawn of October 22.

Several netizens patiently waited outside their homes in order to witness this phenomenon. They may be sleep-deprived and might be suffering neck pains at this moment but being able to see a meteor is all worth it.

Others slept early and set their alarm for the peak hours of the meteor shower.

There were netizens who were not able to capture the moment but was able to see a few meteors.

Unfortunately, there are some of us who aren’t so lucky and were not able to see one meteor despite going through all efforts.

The Orionids meteor shower will still be active until October 25.

If you still missed out on those meteors, November will also feature at least four meteor showers including the Leonids which is estimated to peak from November 18-19 in Manila.—AAC

Para sa tropa: Man in viral video of jeepney attack clears name

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019

It’s not what everyone thought it was. A scene that looked like an attempted robbery, turned out to be a different story.

The man in the viral video, who was later identified as Jomar, was seen clinging outside a moving jeepney while reaching inside the vehicle trying to punch someone.

After seeing the video, netizens slammed Jomar for his actions and immediately alerted the Manila government.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso invited those involved in the incident, and Manila Police District Director Bgen. Bernabe Balba, to a press conference where it became clear that the scene was sparked by a personal feud.

Jomar allegedly was only helping his friend, Edison, whose wife got harassed by a man inside the jeepney along Taft Avenue last Sunday (November 17) afternoon.

Edison said they chased the man after he tried to escape.

“Nagtangka po siyang tumakas kaya sinugod na namin sa jeep (He tried to escape so we followed him inside the jeepney),” he said.

“Inunahan niya po kasi ako ng suntok kaya sinundan ko na rin ng suntok (He threw the first punch, so I punched him back)” Edison added.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso lauded the Manila Police District for their quick response to the incident. He also reminded Jomar and Edison to always trust the government in providing justice.

“Huwag niyong ilalagay sa kamay ninyo ang batas. Sumangguni kayo sa kapulisyahan, (Don’t put the law into your own hands. Trust the police),” he said.

“Sana muli ninyong pagkatiwalaan ang pulis at ang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng hustisya kapag kayo naagrabyado, (I hope you can again trust the police and the government in providing justice when an abuse is committed),” he added.—AAC

Don’t forget to catch the Leonid meteor shower this weekend

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

If you missed the Orionids meteor shower last October, or you were not able to catch one meteor during your “star gazing”, then worry not. The Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend, November 16-17.

READ: Netizens share their Orionids meteor shower experience

Since it’s the weekend, hopefully, you won’t have to worry about your classmates or colleagues seeing your eyebags.

The Leonid meteor shower is active from November 6-30 and will peak in the late hours of November 17 until dawn, according to PAGASA.

A zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of about 15 meteors might occur during the peak hours of the meteor shower.

Unfortunately, PAGASA said the waning gibbous Moon will interfere with the observations of fainter meteors.

“The Leonids Meteor Shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle,” according to PAGASA.

Where’s the best place to view meteor showers?

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It is always best to view the night sky in high places like in the mountains or rooftops. Less light pollution is also better because too much city or street lights can overpower the light in the night sky.—AAC

Netizen thanks honest taxi driver for returning phone

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

The unnamed taxi driver who became viral after returning the mobile phone that was left by one of his passengers.

Amid the severe traffic, long work hours, and other difficulties in life, sometimes it only takes a simple act of kindness to turn a bad day into a good one.

Lawrenz Sierra was late for work on Saturday (November 9) morning, so he took a taxi. Unfortunately, he left his phone inside the taxi. He asked his manager to call his phone but no one was answering.

“Hindi ko na din nahabol si kuyang driver. Halos mawalan na ako ng pag-asa na makuha iyong phone ko (I was not able to catch the driver. I almost lost hope of getting my phone back),” he said.

A few moments later, the taxi driver called back the manager saying he will return Lawrenz’s phone.

“Nagpapasalamat ako siyempre. Kasi nagkusa siya ibalik. He even looked for another taxi driver kasi hindi daw siya marunong gumamit ng smart phones (I am very thankful because he returned my phone. He even looked for another taxi driver because he does not know how to use a smartphone),” Lawrenz said during an email interview.

Unfortunately, Lawrenz was not able to get the driver’s name but he gave him a gift as a form of gratitude for his honesty.

“Well deserved naman po si manong sa mga papuri (He is well-deserved of the praise),” Lawrenz said.—AAC (with details from Cianell Camposano)

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