Christmas Eve rain, flood dampen holiday mood

MANILA, Philippines (Updated) – Severals parts of the Philippines experienced thunderstorms on Wednesday, December 24, causing flashfloods and traffic as the predominantly Catholic nation prepared for the Christmas Eve.

Areas in Laguna province in southern Luzon were submerged in floodwater, according to reports on social media. 

Netizens reported knee-deep flooding due to the heavy rains. Among the areas mentioned were Bay, Pili, and Calamba.

State weather bureau PAGASA raised the heavy rainfall warning over Metro Manila and nearby provinces including Laguna around lunchtime on Wednesday. Thunderstorms were reported in Cebu and nearby provinces later in the afternoon and also in several Mindanao provinces in the evening. (READ: Yellow warning lifted over Metro Manila)


The traffic and heavy rain experienced earlier burdened people doing last-minute errands for the night's celebration. 

The rains will continue until Christmas day due to a diffused tailend of a cold front affecting central and southern Luzon.

Based on the PAGASA 5pm bulletin on Wednesday, PAGASA said the following areas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms:

Cordillera and Ilocos will have cloudy skies with light rains and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section. –