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Six year-old Amidala Corrales winced and almost cried when she was told that the lechon that was half-eaten by New Year’s eve was Sendong, the 65 kilogram pig that survived Typhoon Sendong  by climbing up the family house’s staircase leading to the safety of the family’s second storey house.

Sendong had appeared almost half dead at about 1 am in the morning of
December 17, 2011. The pig had survived by snagging its snout at the
concrete wall leading to the staircase.

Burgos Street, Barangay Consolacion had, by then, been a part of the
Cagayan River, the same river that normally is about 500 meters away
and the same river that whitewater rafters frequent to quench their
thirst for adrenaline.

The pig had come from upriver and by midmorning, when families were
finding dead relatives snagged in barbed wire or half-buried in the
deadly mixture of waist-deep mud and debris…

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