The Saturday before the 14th, I stayed (as usual on weekends) at Julian's condo at EGI Taft Towers, right smack in the middle of the university. We were happily watching episodes of Man vs Wild when we heard some fireworks outside. We didn't really bother looking out.. Until we started seeing plumes of smoke outside the window. Julian's place is on the 22nd floor.
The street beside EGI, Castro Street (also the street where De La Salle University - Manila's varsity athletes are housed) had a fire; the construction-on-going building of Eton (that's the name of the developers I suppose). The fire was small at first, but it quickly raged. This was around 2230 hours. I ran down and checked out VSC (where a lot of my athlete friends stayed) and thank God they were being evacuated.
Around 0100 hours, power started going out along Taft Avenue. In the condo hangout gang, only Bea was missing, so I pick her up from Burgundy Transpacific (another condominium about three minutes from EGI Taft Towers). Power started going off again, and by now, there were about twenty firetrucks surrounding Castro Street.
At about 0200, we decided that the fires were looking pretty big, so we packed some overnight clothes (thankfully, this was all I had) and went to a place nearby and wait it out. Played some cards and ate a little. Around 0330 hours, the fires were under control and we went back to EGI. Rather exciting piece of action. I doubt anyone was hurt.
Some pictures courtesy of Bea's camera.