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BLACK SPOT IN THE SUN. The solar eclipse yesterday as seen in Cagayan de Oro at 9:50 am. Cloudy skies spoiled the viewing of the celestial show in the city. (PHOTO BY CONG B. CORRALES)


GEN. Santos City — The horizon here turned unusually gloomy while the typically warm morning winds eased for over an hour yesterday morning as the city saw the partial solar eclipse like no other place in the country. People here had the best view of the celestial show.

Renato de Leon, a specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s astronomy division, said the partial solar eclipse started at around 7:51 am and was mainly seen in this city.

He said there were no other area in the country that had the best view as the moon passed between the sun and earth.

De Leon said the partial eclipse was seen at about 60 percent at around 8:30 am, peaked at 79.85 percent at around 8:55 am, and ended at past 10 am.


About Cong Corrales

Before joining the Gold Star Daily, Cong worked as the deputy director of the multimedia desk of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and before that he served as a writing fellow of Vera Files. Under the pen name "Cong," Leonardo Vicente B. Corrales has worked as a journalist since 2008. Corrales has published news, in-depth, investigative and feature articles on agrarian reform, peace and dialogue initiatives, climate justice, and socio-economics in local and international news organizations, which which includes among others: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, MindaNews,, Agence France-Presse, Xinhua News Wires, Thomson-Reuters News Wires,, and Pecojon-PH.

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