Survivors remember 1990 Baguio quake

by Ada Sibayan, ABS-CBN Northern Luzon

Posted at Jul 17 2011 12:28 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2011 08:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – On July 16th, 1990, the Hyatt, Nevada and Burnham hotels were devastated by a killer quake.

Twenty-one years ago, photojournalist Nars Padilla was there to capture the images from the quake itself to the ensuing rescue operations.

“Confused ako but I had to do my job as a journalist,” said Padilla.

Pedrito Dy was the last person to be pulled out of the ruins of the Hyatt Hotel alive.

He survived for 14 days under cement and steel, living off on any means of sustenance or water he could find.

"Sa tulong siguro ng faith ko at sa tubig na hindi natin alam kung malinis o madumi na galing sa ilalim,” said Dy.

More than 2 decades since, Pedrito has recovered from the ordeal.

Authorities of Baguio City have learned their lesson as well.

Today, their standby rescue teams are ready with regular earthquake drills, and other calamity situations.

Baguio residents are also quick to lend aid to wherever it is needed.

They recently took part in a blood letting activity with members of the media.

In Dagupan City, the Catholic Church sponsored the "Run For Life" to commemorate the anniversary of the 1990 killer quake that left hundreds dead and thousands more injured.

The quake also brought life and newfound hope.

Ten children were born during the disaster and they have come to be known as "earthquake babies".

One of them is Lyndon Cawi.

"Ako ‘yung parang blessing sa aming pamilya,” Cawi said.

July 16th, 1990: A day marked by death and life will forever be remembered in Baguio City.