Filipinos brave another winter storm in New Jersey

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 24 2014 12:23 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2014 08:23 PM

A man shovels snow outside the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey. Photo by Lucas Jackson, Reuters

NEW JERSEY - Filipinos in New Jersey are once again digging out after winter storm Janus blanketed the northeast coast with more than a foot of snow.

"Kailangan i-shovel lahat ito. Dapat mawala lahat ito para hindi madulas ang mga tao dito para sa safety ng mga tao," said Christopher Cunanan of Jersey City.

Heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperature overnight kept planes grounded and passengers stranded in major airports in the area. Over 3,000 flights have been canceled nationwide.

Also, 13 states were placed on winterstorm warnings and watches.

Governors in New York and New Jersey have declared a state of emergency.

It's not another polar vortex but the bitter cold wind makes it hard for commuters to travel to their work place.

"Parang wala na akong mukha, parang wala na akong tenga parang tutulo na yung sipon ko, sobrang lamig," said Diana Villanueva.

"Sobra, hindi ka makalabas. Nagising nga ako nanginginig ako. Talagang perwisyo. You cannot go to your job," said Nancy Valencia Bayonne.

While city officials urged resident to stay indoors, Susan Kabigting said she had no choice but to brave the bitter cold weather for a medical check-up. The 55-year-old Pinay who slipped on ice seven times this winter season said the icy street conditions are dangerous for elderly like her.

"Napakahirap kasi may appointment kami nung anak ko, hindi natuloy closed na naman yung office, so naglalakad ako talagang ilang beses na akong nag-slide sa snow," she said.

Despite the many inconveniences brought by the winterstorm, some kababayans found some kind of peace sipping this classic Pinoy favorite soup. They said nothing beats a steaming La Paz Batchoy to keep themselves warm.

"Masarap po siya kasi you feel warm po saka refreshing po siya," Kolyn Orbino said.