By Joey Natividad and Angel Ayala
SORSOGON CITY, 29June2013 (BicolToday.com) – Despite heavy rains and fluctuating power supply, city residents celebrate the fiesta with good food and drinks, unmindful of Typhoon ‘Gorio’ gathering full steam as it is expected to plow into the province this evening.
Celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Sorsoganons are known to put faith in their daily living amidst crisis, disasters, and abundance.
According to old folks, the fiesta is the big event whom residents look forward to spend for, worthy to celebrate, the time for family reunions and renewing their friendships.
A resident said the incoming storm will not deny them the joy and merry-making the fiesta shall bring.
“The rains, the winds are outside, but inside our homes, we have guests to share with whatever food and drinks we offer,” said old man Andoy as he prepares chicken pork adobo for lunch while his guest are drinking gin.
Andoy’s guests are farm hands with their families who have been looking forward weeks before to visit the city for the fiesta.
Meanwhile, according to PAGASA tropical storm ‘Gorio’ is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar this morning.
Areas placed public storm signal warning are Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Burias Island, Ticao Island, Samar Provinces, Biliran and Leyte.
Public storm warning signal number 1 are Camarines Norte, Quezon, Polillo Island, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Aklan, Capiz, Northeastern Iloilo, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Province and Siargao Island.
“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.
It also warned those living in coastal areas against big waves or storm surges generated by Gorio.
PAGASA said Gorio may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-km diameter.
It said Gorio is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph and may be at the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay by Sunday morning.
By Monday morning, it is expected to be in the vicinity of Iba, Zambales, and at 500 km northwest of Iba, Zambales by Tuesday morning.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region will have stormy weather while Metro Manila and the Region of Calabarzon and the Provinces of Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Aklan, Capiz, Northeastern Iloilo, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Southern Leyte, Dinagat at Siargao Island will experience rains with gusty winds and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
It added that the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and the rest of Central Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas and coming from southwest over Mindanao with moderate to rough seas.
Light to moderate winds coming from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be slight to moderate. [BicolToday.com/With reports from PNA]