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Sometimes, it pays to have your camera ready even on ordinary days…

Take a look at this construction site. The workers were busy doing their job finishing the structure.

Suddenly, a car in a nearby junkyard exploded.

And then another parked truck exploded. Two cars were now on fire.

Then I heard a commotion. The structure was also already on fire!

People were trapped inside. The smoke was getting thicker.

Then I saw a fire truck arrived.

The firemen tried to put out the fire…

..and were able to successfully do it…

..to the relief of the onlookers.

A few minutes later, two helicopters came hovering above the structure.

Then some uniformed firemen came marching in. I wondered what was going to happen next.

Wait! They started dancing! The crowd cheered and they were like, “Are we seeing this right?”

They were indeed dancing! And the crowd was pretty delighted πŸ˜‰ After all, it is a rare opportunity to see firemen dance..with gusto hahaha

Well, sorry for putting “Sometimes, it pays to have your camera with you even on ordinary days…” as my opening line. That was just a teaser hahaha. I actually knew what was happening and I was actually ready with my camera when I went to the Fire National Training Institute (FNTI) at Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna where all these happened.

Everything was part of the recently-held graduation exercises of about 300 new Pinoy firemen who demonstrated various firefighing and rescue techniques.

I salute these new firemen who endured half a year of being away from their families to train at FNTI. Hindi biro ang pinagdaanan nilang training. Some have experienced collapsing out of exhaustion. May mga nagkasakit. May mga nagtiis na walang extra money na pambili ng mga personal na pangangailangan. I know all these because someone close to my heart was standing among these proud firemen that day.

Posted 8 years, 10 months ago at 8:07 pm.


28 Replies

  1. you got me there, nortehanon!
    kala ko talaga, it’s a real accident.ΓΌ
    demonstration pala.
    at may dancing firemen pa talaga.ΓΌ

    btw, do you have a nickname I can use, N?
    parang ang haba kasi ng Nortehanon.

    God bless!

  2. nortehanon Dec 1st 2008

    Hi Brotherutoy!
    Salamat sa muling pagdalaw.
    Oo, demonstration lang yan hahaha

    Sure, you can use N to refer to me. Good suggestion πŸ˜‰

    God bless you, too!

  3. Wow! Dancing Firemen? It must have been a treat to watch that.

    Thanks for dropping by my site. Visit again.

    blog of the SaGaDa-iGoRoT
    Sagada Website

  4. nortehanon Dec 1st 2008

    Thanks for the visit. Sure, will love to drop in from time to time. Regards to your family.

  5. oh that’s some kind of a blooper, hehehe… practicelang naman pala.. but it was very fun to watch, I guess:)

  6. nortehanon Dec 1st 2008

    Yes, it was! I’ve learned it’s the first time they had such kind of a demonstration. The usual thing lang daw kasi that happens sa graduation nila in the past is yung tinatawag lang ang names ng graduates who are seated in rows. Ganun lang. Sana from now on, colorful na ang maging graduation like this one.

    Thanks for dropping in again πŸ™‚

  7. Hahaha u got me there too. i really thought that it was real. but it change when i get to see the dancing lolz.

    Hayz awesome post talaga. Anyway. just stopping by to say ‘hi’ πŸ™‚

  8. nortehanon Dec 1st 2008

    Hi Arnie!
    It is nice to see you here again! Salamat utro. Asya, maupay kay naisipan ko nga sugad hiton an akong himuon nga presentation han mga pictures didi hini nga akon post hahaha.

  9. OMG!

    I really love your site..

    hehehe napadaan lang..

    exchange links tayo ha. πŸ˜€

  10. nortehanon Dec 1st 2008

    Uy, nadalaw si Rain! hahaha
    Do you know that I love Rain? If you can see what’s on my MacOSX hard drive, puro pictures ni Rain hahaha.

    Salamat sa pagdalaw. Sure thing, will add you up to my links. Dalawin kita uli.

  11. hehehe. uy salamat sa pagbisita ha. ang ganda nang mga pics. kuha mo ba lahat yan? galing! πŸ™‚ lagay kita sa blog ko ha! πŸ™‚

  12. nortehanon Dec 3rd 2008

    Hi Jules!
    Salamat sa pagdalaw.
    Opo, kuha ko po lahat ‘yan noong graduation sa Fire National Training Institute.
    Salamat sa pag-add. I’ll add you up, too, to my blogroll.

  13. hi Nortehanon, I guess like kuya utoy, i better call u N..or kung may iba ka pang pseudo, d bettter!..pls let me know.

    ty nga pala for the comment on my obama post, hayan, naayos ko na..:)..di na dyahe puedi ka na ulit magcomment, hehe..

    @d2 naman sa entry mo, yah, ginulat mo rin ako, akala ko true-to-life na, pero ayos ang coverage mo, nakakadala, nakkainvolve..true those firemen are unsung heroes,!..and they deserved good recognition like u do :)..more of this,..

  14. nortehanon Dec 4th 2008

    Hi AJ!
    Nice to see you here again. Sure, N is a nice blog monicker. Matipid. You can call me N from now on.

    Hehehe sige, try ko mag-comment uli sa post mo.

    Yes, I do agree na talagang heroes ang mga firemen natin. Salamat.

  15. Hi,

    A friend gave me your site, I read the recent entries– they were really great, can’t wait to read the rest.

    This entry made me laugh.. I was already beginning to say “Wow, talk about being at the right place at the right time”

    then when the other car exploded..
    “Hmmm.. This must be in a warzone or something..”

    Then the Firemen danced i said.
    “Ok.. this just proves that Filipinos can still find a reason to be a happy in such situations”

    — I hope you dont mind the long Comment..

    Happy Holidays!!


  16. oi GB, nice to know you were able to read her blog. yes, her entries are very informative/interesting/heartwarming, etc.

    reading her blog is already a part of my routine everyday. πŸ™‚

  17. nortehanon Dec 18th 2008

    Aha! Ikaw pala AC ang fairygodmother ko! hahaha
    Nag-tumbling naman ako sa sinabi mo hahaha. Salamat. Teka, I am holding my head. Susukatin ko muna baka lumaki hahaha.

  18. hehehe. actually, hobby na namin ni GB ang maghanap ng magagandang “reading materials” πŸ™‚

    he’s a very talented man as well. and also a comic. hehehe. go check out laffapalooza 2 on jackTV. hahaha. nag-plug pa ba.. pero tapos na e. πŸ˜€

    nyweis, ayun nga. nagsheshare kame ng mga interesting articles that’s why i shared your url. hekhekhek! i hope you don’t mind. πŸ™‚

  19. nortehanon Dec 22nd 2008

    Hi AC!
    Naku, salamat. Hayaan mo, babawi ako sa ‘yo for being the fairy godmother of my blog hahaha.

    Yes, I agree. Napaka-talented ni Gb sa pagsusulat ng poem. Sayang I missed yung sa jackTV! May video ba sa youtube yun? Ibulong mo sa akin ang link ha? hehehe

  20. nortehanon Dec 18th 2008

    Hi Gb!
    I was at your site a few minutes ago, ang galing mo namang sumulat. Were those intended as poems or lalagyan mo ng lyrics? ;). I wish I am as talented. Keep it up!

    Salamat ha at napadpad ka dito. Whoever gave you my site’s URL, I owe a lot :D. Meron na pala akong fairygodmother dito nagmumudmod ng site ko hahaha.

    I don’t mind the length of your comment :). In fact, I appreciate that you took time out to leave a long one. Comments often help me see things from the perspective of the readers and I learn from them πŸ˜‰

  21. Hi Guys,

    Like what Anna said– we love to read.. but I’m very selective, yours is really refreshing and full of life.

    **Thanks Anna– may plug pa sa comment. hahaha..

    Thank you for reading my entries..

    I would love to turn those poems into songs– but I’m still waiting for life to give me a decent melody.

    I’ll be reading a lot of your entries–

    Happy Holidays!!

    God Bless

  22. nortehanon Dec 22nd 2008

    Hi Gb!
    Thanks again. Abangan ko ang blog mo, one day I might read a post there saying your poems have been turned into songs na!

    Happy holidays, too. Here’s praying we’ll all have a warm, fun, and blessed Christmas.

  23. GREAT!!!

    I was surprised
    when i suddenly
    browse this site
    then i saw ——
    some of the remarkable
    nor memorable moments
    on the pictures … hahaha

    I never expected
    that somebody
    will do this site…

    It’s really awesome —
    I like this site– CONGRATS!!

    Thank you!! πŸ™‚
    Happy Holidays!!

  24. nortehanon Dec 22nd 2008

    Hi Regs!
    Welcome to this site!

    Were you part of this graduation ceremony? New fireman ka ba? How did you find this post? Were you one of those who danced? hahaha. Sorry for the barrage of questions hahaha. I am just curious.

    Thank you for reading my post and for leaving a comment. Balik ka lagi πŸ˜‰ By the way, don’t forget to let me know kung new fireman ka ha πŸ™‚

  25. Ur Welcome!!!

    — In fact! that day– i don’t know what comes on my mind why i decided to visit the site of FNTI, while surfing the net– i suddenly saw ur site — so out of curiosity i opened your site–
    Well… u POSITIVELY surprised us!!! hehe πŸ™‚

    Yup! am i a new firefighter —
    actually i saw myself doing
    rescue techniques (rappel) but
    not a dancing firefighter…wheheheh

    All of them are my classmates & friends — πŸ™‚
    -i’ve already told them about your site —
    we’re surprised and overwhelmed
    for what you have done!!!

    We totally like your site — πŸ˜‰

  26. nortehanon Jan 4th 2009

    Hi Regs,
    Sorry for replying late. I did not go online during the holidays. Thank you for letting me know how you stumbled upon my blog. Amazing ang internet, isn’t it?

    Hmn, ikaw ha, baka isa ka dun sa mga sumayaw. Aminin! hahaha. I’m just kidding.

    I wish you luck on being a new firefighter. It’s a risky job so mag-iingat kayo lagi ng mga kasamahan mo. By the way, from what region are you? Napansin ko kasi yung mga graduates that day were from different regions.

  27. sarahk Jan 30th 2009


    anong company ung spexl sum1 m?dos pix r awesum.hop i cn bring my digicam wid me pag nag training na ako dis may.wish me luck πŸ™‚

  28. nortehanon Feb 1st 2009

    Hi Sarah!
    Hmn, hindi ko yata naitanong kung anong company siya hehehe. Baka, alpha or bravo or charlie hahaha. Not really sure.

    Anyway, yeah, I think you can bring your digicam with you. Basta, just bring a dependable padlock ha. I think maliit lang na padlock ang kasya sa mga lockers nila.

    Wow, so you are going on training in May. Good luck ha. Wag ka na magpupuyat simula ngayon hehehe. Ipunin mo lahat ng lakas mo. Take plenty of water saka kain ka balanced diet. Pagpasok mo dun, you bring medicine na pang-emergency like pang-headache, sipon at lagnat. Paglabas mo dun, balitaan mo ako ha.

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