UPDATE: 3:15 PM, June 1, 2013
Robin Leonard, a Serendra resident and CEO of AllFamous Digital, posted more photos on his company website. Please click on this link to look at them. My thanks @Cha for finding Robin Leonard’s website.
A blast – strong enough to knock down a wall – rocked Manila’s millionaire row Friday night, just as the Philippine government announced a 7.8% growth of the economy in the first quarter.
It’s too soon to tell what has caused the explosion on the fifth floor of 2 Serendra in Bonifacio Global city – a gas range, an illicit drug laboratory, an altercation gone bad or an improvised explosive device.
UPDATE: The government is taking the explosion very seriously. No less than President Benigno Aquino and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas have personally visited to inquire into it.
Interesting – Mar Roxas himself is tweeting updates:
UPDATE: 12:47 am, June 1, 2013
Ayala Land has just issued the following statement below [My thanks @jim ayson for reposting it on Facebook]:
two three people who were inside a passing Abenson delivery van were instantly killed when debris from the blast fell on the van they were riding on.
UPDATE: Teresa Cerojano of the Associated Press quoted unnamed authorities as saying the blast was possibly caused by an appliance. to read Tess’ piece, please click on this link.
While the cause has yet to be established, this brings back to mind memories of the 1980s when explosions could bring down the economy in a heartbeat. – Raissa Robles
UPDATE: Blogger Andres Bisenio writes a first person account when he heard the KABOOM while eating in a nearby restaurant with his family:
Today , We went to Market Market to buy some shoes and my school bag.
After that , we went to eat in a restaurant.
I was just eating up as my parents were ordering some stuff when…..
KABOOM! The whole mall vibrated and turned silent.
Me: OMG OMG OMG WHAT WAS THAT!?!?!?
My Father: Calm Down .
Random Man: Maybe it’s over there , look , it looks heavy.
Random Woman: Oh yes look at tha——-
[A stampede of panicking people raced to the exit .Probably they watched fast and furious , felt the Xtra Loud Explosion and then created Fast and Furious 7 FREE 3D HD: Market Market Panic. LOL]
To read the rest, please click on this link.