When a people light their stoves to cook their food, a task that’s been done so many times before, there is very little expectation that it would result in the destruction of a whole community. This is exactly what happened in Sitio Ambulong, in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, in the tourist destination of Boracay last October 24, 2019 at around 8am.
Mr. Nathaniel Ortega, who also lived a few houses away said that the fire spread too fast. If the fire had only begun further away, he would have had more time to save more things, but instead, he was only able to grab his marriage license and his kids’ birth certificates. Due to a stroke in the past, Mr. Ortega does not have full mobility and gets easily tired. He had to be helped by 2 neighbors to be able to get away in time.