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Brownout hits Metro Manila cities prior to "Earth Hour" tonight

MANILA, March 26 — A two-hour power interruption hit a few cities in Metro Manila Saturday afternoon as the country prepares to join the world in observing "Earth Hour" from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as part of energy-saving and environmental protection measures to mitigate climate change.

The power outage began at 2 p.m. and electricity supply was restored at past 4 p.m. in many parts of Quezon City, including Novaliches, Diliman and Balintawak, Malabon City, and some portions of Bulacan province.

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said they are constantly coordinating with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

“We're working double time to normalize power supply within the next two hours,” Zaldarriaga said in an email to the Philippines News Agency (PNA).

During the outage, freelance journalist and fashion model Earth Rullan said she felt like inside a sauna bath house. “I think everyone is in the mall right now because of the brown-out," she said.

From 8:30 to 9:30 o'clock on Saturday evening, Filipino homes and business establishments are encouraged to switch off their lights and while in darkness contemplate on how Earth may be saved from the damnation of climate change.

Though all embassies are not open Saturday, their building lights will still be turned off. Leading the pack is the embassy of Australia, whose nationals launched "Earth Day" in Australia four years ago. (PNA)

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