It is probably like living in a desert city. Like sand, the ash can be felt if you are on the street and a vehicle passes by, disturbing the ash on the ground.
Taal Volcano in Batangas, 90 kilometers from Fort Bonifacio, has been recording tremors as early as 11 am on Sunday, January 12. It started spewing thick ash from 5pm on January 12, 2020. It erupted at 3AM the following day.
We were playing near De Jesus Oval in Bonifacio Global City, near Pacific Plaza Towers, at around 4 pm on Jan 12, and did not feel anything unusual.
We went home and then only went out for a little at around 8 pm. At that time, we could feel something like a light drizzle on our hair, but ash fall was not visible. We went to a pharmacy at 1st Street to buy something, and kept seeing people asking for masks. They were told that masks were sold out. At night, we received news that there would be no school in the whole of Metro Manila the next day.
This morning, we looked out of the window, and did not see any ash fall. We waited until 11am and decided to take a walk around BGC.
Some people were still wearing masks to filter out the ash.
A thin layer of ash could be seen on the street.
But we saw workers had started washing away the ash in some areas.
In the One Bonifacio Park, plants looked unaffected. Only a thin layer of ash covered the art installations.
In the swimming pool of our condominium, we could see and feel the ash that sunk to the bottom of the pool.
Then we went to lunch at One Bonifacio High Street, and saw the impact of the volcanic eruption in the retail sector. About 40 percent of the shops were closed. At the food court at basement, which usually would be packed with lunch goers, there were still a lot of empty tables. We had no trouble in getting a table.
In all, the impact of the eruption of Taal Volcano on the Fort is small, and hopefully it stays this way.
We actually checked the air quality a day after the volcanic eruption.