Christmas came a bit early for surfers on the northern island of Luzon, part of the 7,107 island archipelago known as the Philippines.
As I walked past my neighborhood Starbucks, I noticed a headline which read: "Powerful typhoon nears." Such a bold statement isn't news for surfers who have been tracking this storm all week, but headlining news for citizens of the North who aren't acutely on top of the prevailing weather pattern.
The headline began to read:
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