|Recreation of an ancient storm (Image linked to page)|
Then there were extremely destructive typhoons that hit the region in those days giving more nightmares to the people. In "Typhoons in the Philippine Islands 1566-1900)" (Garcia-Herrera, Ribera, Hernandez and Gimeno), we find the following account from an entry dated November 13, 1844: "Some interisland ships were lost in the sea of Marinduque; the church of Gasan was blown down and several houses of Mogpog were ruined; more than 500 work animals perished in the floods of Boac."
Then, within 24-31 October 1875, in the center of the town of Boac, "the water reached a height of three meters, carrying to the sea various houses, destroying all the bridges, and causing the death of 130 animals. In Santa Cruz, Marinduque, the bastion was blown down, and the crops totally injured. In Gasan the storm destroyed 83 houses, inclined 35 and unroofed the church and convent."
|Delubyo scene from a Teatro Balangaw play.|
After that turbulent era, historic confrontations by Marinduquenos with pestilence, more harrowing typhoons, political struggles and modern-day environmental disasters would come. It must be a good thing for Marinduquenos to know their history, even help trace and uncover more secrets we've never known before. In the process, one could get a sense of what it was like then.