When Taal volcano erupted Sunday, the wind was blowing northeast — bringing volcanic ash to this side of the province of Batangas.
But even before the loudest explosion, a series of earthquakes already jolted the towns near the volcano, forcing residents to evacuate.
They were not able to bring anything but themselves.
Many fear a worst-case scenario if the volcano remains active.
The National Disaster office reports that more than 5,000 families have already evacuated or some 24,000 individuals scattered in 75 evacuation centers.
Interior secretary Eduardo Anyo calls on the public to donate clean drinking water, food, medicine and other basic essentials for evacuation centers.