Friday, August 17th, 2018

Having lived through the Iloilo floods, this New York Times article caught our attention: August 8, 2008 Tropical Warming Tied to Flooding Rains By ANDREW C. REVKIN Scientists studying variations in tropical heat and rainfall since the mid-1980s have found a strong link between warm periods and a rise in the frequency of the most extreme downpours. The observed rise in the heaviest tropical rains is about twice that produced by computer simulations used to assess how human-caused global warming could change rainfall, said the researchers. Other studies have already measured a rise in recent decades in heavy rains in areas as varied as North America and India, and climatologists have long forecast more heavy rainstorms in a world warmed by accumulating greenhouse gases. But this analysis, using satellite measurements, is the first to find a strong statistical link between warmth and extreme tropical downpours, the researchers said. The study was published Thursday in …

My wife and I feel very safe living in the Philippines.Ai?? We live in an unusually secure private compound in Iloilo City.Ai?? We don’t even have to consider security.Ai?? We can leave our doors open if we want to.Ai?? We have ridden jeepneys everywhere.Ai?? I have literally walked more than a thousand of mile on the streets of Iloilo City and rural paths in the country.Ai?? I have never had the slightest problem.Ai?? No one has robbed me or threatened me or tried to pick my pocket or done anything …

St. John of Sahagun Church, Tigbauan, Iloilo Tigbauan, Iloilo history, architecture, heritage. In the larger Philippine cities history has mostly been obliterated, but places like Tigbauan still retain a distinct and important historic integrity. 17th and 18th century Spanish town planning principles live on to an amazing degree in these places. These resources are a source of pride and pleasure to local residents; they can also can draw tourists and investment if well-managed and publicized. The centerpiece of these old towns is always an imposing stone or brick mission church, probably erected centuries ago on the most prominent geographic location in the town. Invariably, there’s a connected convent, one or more belltowers or watchtowers, and a fenced church atrium or plaza. Always there’s a market and usually a municipo — a government office building. Taken together, these were the heart and soul of the Spanish mission town, and not just in Tigbauan or not just in the Philippines but throughout the far flung Spanish colonial empire, including hundreds of communities in Mexico, Central America and South America. Remnants even exist in Florida, California and the American Southwest. The similarities are not accidental. Colonial town planning principles were promulgated by Madrid. Before the Spanish came, residents were dispersed. The Spanish wanted to bring residents to town centers; to promote religious education, to more easily collect taxes and tribute. The goal was to have all…