When a 5.8 magnitude earthqauke hit Western Visayas, of which the epicenter was in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, last Nov 14, 2012, I was in the 4th floor of MM Auditorium in La Salle. Maria Ressa and company are doing rounds of talk all over the country; of which in Bacolod they target to discuss the long history of political dynasties in the province. It was tagged Move Bacolod. When everything was set, suddenly, we felt the ground moving, and the white wide screen on stage swaying. Everyone went down as instructed. We stayed in the open ground. It was drizzling that time. The waiting lasted for around 20 minutes and then we were given the go signal to climb back to the venue. From where I was seated, I could see the confusion among the organizers whether to push thru or postpose the event. Five minutes later, someone went up the stage, and gleefully announced that the program will finally start. We were happy. Someone sang "Who Am I" for the invocation and the National Anthem was played. And then a Campus officer climbed up the stage, told us to vacate the campus ASAP, as an SOP. The students were happy. I wasn't. After all, 2 cab rides going to the venue is a considerable fortune.
After months of waiting, Move Bacolod is set again. See you all!