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Batangas Vice Gov. Mark Leviste looks back on eruption of Taal Volcano

Jan 13, 2021 @ 10:40
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The eruption of Taal Volcano on January 12 last year wreaked havoc in Batangas, but it also gave Vice Gov. Mark Leviste a reason to be grateful.

Leviste looked back on that fateful day a year ago and the tragedies that followed.

But he also struck a hopeful note and said there were somethings for which he is grateful.

These include the care and compassion that people showed to the residents of Batangas.

The province had an awful year, but the outpouring of help showed that it was loved.

He prays now that 2021 will be a better year, he said.

He wants to be optimistic this year and said that after hitting rock bottom in 2020, there was nowhere to go but up.

In 2022, he wants to look back on the previous year and say what a good year it has been, he said.

This will be a year of joy and light, he said.

Let’s claim it!

“Exactly One Year Ago Today…

A year ago today #TaalVolcano Erupted. In some ways, it feels like yesterday; in others, I can’t imagine it has only been a year. A lot has happened since then, mostly “not so good.” Some have lost loved ones, a pandemic wreaks havoc on our planet, and right before 2020 ended, our province was affected by typhoons and earthquakes – it’s been hard, in other words. That said, there are things that I am thankful for.

We, the people of Batangas, appreciate the care and compassion you gave us during these tough times. We’re thankful to all our friends. We value your support; from those who have extended a helping hand to those who went the extra mile to comfort the needy. We had an awful year, possibly the worst year ever, but it showed how much we are loved. I can only hope and pray that 2021 will be better.

I want to be more optimistic this new year. After hitting “rock bottom” of sorts last year, I feel that things can only improve. There are good things happening now or about to happen. I have high hopes, because without that there is only abject despair, and I’m sick and tired of feeling that way in 2020.

A lot can happen in a year, and for most cases there are things we can never simply prepare for.

One year ago today was bad, and things just got worse from there. I truly believe that with this arrival at, “One Year Ago,” things will change for the better.

I’m hoping that a year from today, I can look back and remark what a good year it has been. All I can do at this point is to believe in some positivity and continue to carry on. Let’s make 2021 a year of joy and light, or at least try our hardest to make it that way. #BangonBatangas #BatangasMagiting,” Leviste posted.

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