By: Tristan Mangubat
7.6 Quake Shakes Metro Manila
In 1968, a devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Casiguran, Quezon in the Philippines. This earthquake was called the Casiguran Earthquake or the Ruby Tower Earthquake. My father, Mr. Mangubat was five years old and living in Greenhills, Manila, which is about an hour away from Casiguran, Quezon. Though the house was far from the epicenter, everyone inside could still feel the strong earthquake. Mr. Mangubat said that the house felt like it was truly shaking.
At the time, my father was sleeping on the second floor of his house, in the same room as his nanny. He woke up to loud rumbling and the room shaking. He and his nanny were frantic. His nanny took him downstairs to my grandparents bedroom, which was a separate area of the house that did not have a second floor. The earthquake was unusually long and everyone was scared. When the earthquake finally ended, they found that no bad damage was done to the house. My father and his five siblings were so scared from the earthquake, they all slept in my grandparent’s room for weeks.
Later that day, my dad and his family were watching the news and heard that the Ruby Tower collapsed. The tower was a six story, apartment building in Metro Manila. In the disaster, 268 died and 261 were injured. It was very hard for anyone to escape because it was early in the morning, and everyone was asleep.
After further investigation the Philippine government found that the people who built the tower used cheap materials and it had poor construction. The government and loved ones of the victims sued the architect and builders. Soon after, the government made strict regulations so a catastrophe like the Ruby Tower would not happen again. Even though other buildings collapsed, the Ruby Tower was the most famous because of the many casualties. Mr. Mangubat says that the best way to prepare for an earthquake is to plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows what to do when an earthquake hits.
Larry Mangubat, the father of Tristan lived in Metro Manila for most of his life. He is a realtor and is also living in the Los Angeles area.
Tristan Mangubat, born in Pasadena CA, a young journalist with a talent for writing.