The rains started during the afternoon planning meeting for Kaamulan, the annual cultural gathering. ESSC staff warned that storm signal number 1 was raised, so I decided not to push through with previous travel plans. I told those present at the meeting that a typhoon was set to hit northern Mindanao and we needed to consider what to do. In the previous year, typhoon Sendong brought heavy rains but not much wind, and this was going to be a different kind of storm. The light rains continued with some breaks during the night.