'Maring' delays Manila-bound flights from US

Posted at 08/20/13 3:05 PM

LOS ANGELES - Throughout Tuesday, tropical storm Maring wreaked havoc throughout parts of Metro Manila but the inconvenience was also felt across the ocean.

With the Ninoy Aquino International Airport shut down due to severe weather, many incoming and outbound flights were canceled or delayed, including flights coming from the US.

Flight PR 103 from Los Angeles was scheduled to leave at 10:50 Monday night. However, it did not leave until shortly after 1 a.m., delayed for nearly 2 and a half hours, giving travelers time to check on their families back in the Philippines.

The local Philippine consulate said as of Monday night local time, they had not yet received any orders from the Department of Foreign affairs regarding an appeal for relief.

The news is too familiar for the local Filipino community. For the past five years, they have always been eager to rush to the aid of Filipinos in distress and are ready to begin fundraising efforts if needed.

"We're going to find a way, not just Fil-ams here in Carson but the entire South Bay Los Angeles area. We're going to find a way to help our kababayans who are unfortunately in harm's way again," Fred Docdocil of South Bay Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, said.

As of Monday night, not only Philippine-bound flights were delayed but so were US-bound flights from Manila.