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Great time to be a Filipino September 30, 2009

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It was my sister’s birthday when Ondoy landed in the Philippines. Apparently, it was very hot in KL, the sun was shining bright in the morning when I called her. The line was choppy and I can’t barely hear her. She said their plan to eat out was cancelled because of the heavy rain and so I said, ‘Yeah, don’t go out, you’ll get sick‘. Masasakitin pa kasi ang sister ko kaya ko naman nasabi un. Then the conversation was ended by saying ‘Happy Birthday’ again.

I never thought that rain she’s talking about would cause a lot of trouble.

After six hours, the water level reach 6ft high at my sister’s place in de castro, pasig.

It was terrifying to see the photos uploaded in facebook when I opened my account that night. I was horrified. I called up my sister and she said they were okay.

Thank God there are safe!

Right after we talk on the phone that morning, the water started to climb up til their knees. Her husband ask her to go to the mall, it’s safer and they can still celebrate her birthday.

They cannot go back home anymore!

They were stranded because of the flood. The water rises very fast and with combination of mud, garbage and tree trunks. Don’t forget the strong current flow that can literally lift and throw a bus!

Thank God they went to the mall and she didn’t listen to me to stay at home, if not they will surely drown. Both of them couldn’t swim, plus the fact that she still has a wound that may get infected just in case the muddy water touched it.

Thank God they follow her husband’s instinct. Eventhough, there is no history of flooding in that area, Kuya Emel still insist that they should leave. And he was right.

They didn’t manage to salvage anything. The muddy water reached the roof and all their appliances including computers and other electronic devices were all soaked under water. All gone.

Still, we are thankful that they are safe. Those appliances can be replaced but not their lives. Eventhough, it will be very hard to recover and to replace those things, it is still best that they have each other, both alive and unharmed.

photo credit to annalyn (flickr.com)

photo credit to annalyn (flickr.com)

It was really a heartbreaking to see our fellow filipinos suffer during and rightafter the typhoon. Death toll are still rising. Health problems are threatening, it is possible to have disease outbreaks like flu, diarrhea, dengue etc. There are still people trapped on their rooftops until this very moment, hungry, tired and helpless.

We cannot do anything about natural disaster. Even we have the most advanced drainage system, I think it will be the same if we have that amount of rainfall. Or maybe at least not this worse.

At the same time, let me express my admiration to our fellow filipinos. During this time of distress, nabubuhay ang ‘bayanihan’ among us. Private organizations are overflowing with relief goods and volunteers from different parts of luzon, mostly students.

photo credit to LA Lomarda (flickr.com)

photo credit to LA Lomarda (flickr.com)

Facebook and twitter are overflowing with informations. I myself have been busy reposting and retweetting advisories from those people in charge in evacuation centers and relief areas. Munting gawain lang pero I hope that helps.

Filipinos all over the world are trying their best to help the victims in Manila. As for our part, me and my filipino friends are currently organizing a small time ‘relief operation’. We emailed our companies and so far, their companies are willing to help (I don’t have any news yet from my own company, hays!), we also ask help from our malaysian friends and they are greatful to help, seeing the devastated situation in the news.

The bayanihan is in the air. I feel so proud with my fellow filipinos for doing their part. May God bless the victims, those who lost their loved ones, those who lost their livelihood, those who are homeless, hungry and sick. May they be strong enough to face this crisis and overcome this predicament. May God bless those people who are tirelessly helping the casualties in any way they can.

This is indeed the best time to be a good filipino.

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1. boypulubi - September 30, 2009

Nakakalungkot nga ang pangayaring ito sa ating bansa.
Lubhang napakarami ang nasalanta.
Lahat siguro ang laman ng kaisipan
Ay kung paano makaahon sa trahedyang nagdaan.

Sa kabila ng lahat ay nakakatuwa.
Ang bawat isa ay nagtutulungan.
Mayaman, mahirap maging ang mga sikat.
Nagtutulong tulong upang muling makaangat.

Sana ang dalawang bagyong paparating ay lumihis ng landas.
Nang hindi madagdagan ang hinagpis na nadaranasan.

2. rache - September 30, 2009

agree with you…

glad to know your sister and bro-in-law are both safe.

3. Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - September 30, 2009

third base!!!

4. Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - September 30, 2009

grabe nangilabot talaga ako sa mga pictures na nakita ko sa net at sa tv…glad to know that your sis and her family ay safe…

5. brotherutoy - September 30, 2009

uy, nasagap ko lang yung thread sa email. nakakalungkot, tuwing pumupunta kami sa mga evacuation centers. parang laging kulang yung dala naming damit at pagkain.

uy, uuwi ka na ba? 🙂 manlibre ka naman! hehe…
email me your number at number na rin ni siopao, dahil ang reverend, suplado na, di man lang ako dinadaanan sa seminaryo. ang ate ko lang ang kinakamusta.

God bless.

6. Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - September 30, 2009

the la lomarda photo looks familiar!

seminaryo namin yan sa christ the king, qc ah!

7. bonistation - September 30, 2009

hays kakalungkot nga nangyari sa mga kababayan natin.. buti ok naman na sila. uu ung mga gamit mapapalitan yun pero ang buhay hndi. kaya pasalamat din tayu at maayus na ang lahat, at pagdasal ung mga hindi pinalad…

sana makarecover na agad ang mga naapektuhan….

8. Walongbote - September 30, 2009

Taga de castro pala sister mO. GraBE sa news, isa sila sa super lubog ang house.. Pero buTi naman safE xa.. And the family! Nakakatakot ang pangyayaring un, di kc binaBaha ng ganun sa rizal eh. MataAs kc na lugar, me I’m living in san mateo rizal, pero di umaBOt sa bhay namin hangGANg gate lang.

9. teentoinks - October 1, 2009

Parekoi, buti na lang Ok sila ate. So proud to be Pinoy, imagine sa ganitong sitwasyon na tayong lahat ay biktima pero iba parin ang bayanihan ng mga Pinoy kasi kahit kapwa biktima willing rin tumulong.

10. meliza - October 2, 2009

gud to hear po na ok cla.. proud rin ako maging pinoy kasi lahat tau ngttulungan sa oras ng panggailangan..lalo na sa ganitong sitwasyon. lumalabas ang ugali natin na bayanihan ever.. nkkalungkot ang mga pangyyari pero la tau magawa pag c mother nature ngtalaga ng pangyyare. cguro nirremind lang tau ulit na alagaan natin ang kalikasan na binigay sa tin..

11. p0kw4ng - October 2, 2009

i cant imagine kung hindi sila umalis ng bahay…tapos pareho pang hndi marunong lumangoy! buti naman at safe sila kahit naubos ang gamit…

wag lang sanang gamitin ng mga pulitika ang pagkakataong ito….

12. jason - October 2, 2009

oo nga po kuya jorge.

halos lahat ng lugar hini expected na ganun kabaha ang mangyyare..
katumbas daw ng 6months of rrainfall ang isinuka ni Ondoy…

buti na lang safe sister mo at ang husband nya.
stranded nga lang sa mall pero ayos nayun. at least safe.

😀

13. joycee - October 2, 2009

Glad to know your famiily’s safe Kuya. God is sreally good! 🙂

14. Miel - October 3, 2009

God bless the Filipinos always… sana maging mas matatag pa tayo and I am so proud to be a Filipino dahil higit pa sa world-class ang bayanihan ng mga Pinoy! Happy to know your family and loved ones are okay ^__^

15. lhen - October 4, 2009

wow bro.jorge buti ok naman ang sis mo at family nya
oo nga sobrang nakakakilabot ang nangyari dito sa pinas
buti nga hindi kami bahain dito sa lugar namin..

iba talga sumpungin si mother nature….
pero kelangan bang siya talaga ang sisihin sa nangyari o ang tao mismo rin…putik at baha…. kase naman kawalan na ng mga puno natin sa san mateo rizal… wala ng mga bundok kaya ayun ang mga burol bumigay…
dami pang mga basura sa ibang lugar ng metro manila kya ang underpass ng quiapo…grabeh ang tubig baha…

isa lang talaga pahiwatig ni bossing(GOD) sa atin noh?…

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - October 4, 2009

omg! kanina ko lang nakita sa tv, ung underpass sa quiapo para ng giant swimming pool. parang ang sarap maligo doon, kita ko ung mga street boys nagdive-dive doon!

16. livingstain - October 5, 2009

God Bless Philippines, sana ang kaunti kong piso ay makatulong, alam kong maliit pero alam kong importante yun…

God salamat hindi ako kabilang sa kanila…

ang underpass sa quipo nadadaanan naulit… nung sunday after ng bagyong ondoy, namasyal agad ako sa Quiapo, nagkalat ang mga bata sa nasabing underpass, masayang masayang naliligo habang pinapanood ng madaming madaming tao… sa kabila ng bagyo at nangyaring trahedya, bakas pa din ang ligaya sa muka ng bawat bata…

Fr. Felmar Castrodes - October 6, 2009

wow! sarap siguro maligo doon ano?

17. jun-g - October 6, 2009

akala ko may sinulat na ako tungkol dito wala pa pala…

kanina sa klase pinag-usapan ang heroim ng mga pinoy. nakakatuwang marinig from my classmates yung mga nagawa nila para tumulong sa mga naging biktima ng Ondoy…

The Bayanihan Spirit is alive. pero, sana manatili itong buhay. may ondoy man o wala.

parekoy… malapit ka nang umuwi… kitakits na… hehehe…

18. pinkdiaries - October 7, 2009

nakakalungkut talaga ang mga nangyari sa atin, kasu nga sinu ba dapat sisihin.. sana makaahon sila sa delubyung nangyari..

ingat! 🙂

19. fjordz - October 8, 2009

kahit papano, kahit na parang delubyo na yung nangyari sa atin nitong nakalipas, kahit papano, nagkakaisa pa rin ang mga Pilipino…

20. ronelM - October 12, 2009

belated happy bday sa sister mo buti nka alis cla agad thank god tlga!


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