Monday, November 25, 2013

Sign of HOPE Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Aftermath in Maybog, Baybay, City Leyte


Maybog, Baybay City, Leyte is one of the Barangays in Baybay City in the Province of Leyte an island province within Region VIII in the Eastern Visayas. Maybog is my beloved province, the place where I was born - grew up and the place close to my heart.


My province is one of the place that were hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan(Yolanda) in Leyte when it landfalls last November 8, 2013.


A week after with no communication with my family back home I finally had the chance to go home and check them. I was really saddened with what I saw in my beloved province. I felt like I was in another place, flattened homes, trees and other infrastructure, leaving people homeless and roofless including our house.

On my stay I asked my family and neighbors how it is feels likes during the day when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hits on the ground. Everyone was telling me the same stories, they were terrified and thought it was the dooms day of the world. Some were hopeless especially the less fortunate ones who don’t know where to get funds to rebuild their homes and the ones waiting for the relief goods and helps from the government to come.


I can’t help felt sorry for them, if only I was rich I could have help them, since most of them were my relatives. I then have the monetary means to help them but I did share the foods I have brought for my family. It may not be enough to last for a week but it is enough to survive for a day and for them it’s a big help already.


It really broke my heart to find out, that they then get enough relief goods from the local government. Knowing that our Philippine Government did receives billions of money from other countries. Where it is now? For the last six days I was in my province they only had 3 times relief goods operation from the local government which includes 2-kilos of rice, a few can goods, noodles and coffee in sachet. Upon hearing from my neighbors, Baybay City Mayor did not declare the province in State of Calamity which I don’t know why and I’m still finding out if that is true or not.


Went home last November 16, 2013 and get back in Manila last November 22, 2013. Still no means of electricity in my province people get to recharge their phones and rechargeable flashlights to the municipal town of Baybay, Leyte or their neighboring Barangays with generators.


Hoping and praying that my barrio in Maybog Baybay City Leyte could get more help from the local government.



Maybog, Baybay City, Leyte Gym
                                   
Maybog Pentecost Church, infrastructure ruin only the chair left
Maybog road before clean up. Photos credit to Jaimilo Cabudbud
Maybog road before clean up. Photos credit to Jaimilo Cabudbud
A concrete house hit by Tornado.
House flattened by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and Trees.
Roofless house.
Roofless house.
Roofless house.
Originally in the middle there once a house. Washout from storm surge.


Flattened house from Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)



On my second day in Maybog I saw one remarkable sign that made me so happy and thankful that I saw it… the RAINBOW.




A rainbow for me symbolizes peace or a new beginning. It is also a sign of good luck and fortune is on its way. I believe that my province in Leyte would regain its life once again no means of Typhoon can defeat us Leyteños…Us Filipinos. 

It may seem hard for now but I know tomorrow everything will be okay. For God let things happened for a reason and eventually turns out to be the best. 


As the book of Genesis 9:16 (NIV) remind us that “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."



A very long time ago, God could find only one honorable person, Noah. So God asked him to build a large boat and to load it with his family and pairs of every kind of bird and animal on earth. Then God sent rain for forty days and nights until the earth was covered with water in a great flood, and all the people and animals outside drowned - even the birds.



After the water dried up, Noah builds an altar and worshiped God, and God spoke to Noah and his sons. God promised that the earth and everything living on it would never again be destroyed by a flood.



Rainbows appear after mighty storms, when things look their worst. Just when the sky is darkest, out of heaven a rainbow appears. God first sent the rainbow to Noah, as a sign that his word is true. We see this story as evidence one more time of the grace and goodness of a God who makes solemn promises. And God gave us something to remind us of that solemn promise.

I carried on feeling much lighter and realizing that life is really beautiful after all in spite what happened. It all depends on our outlook and how we shape it up to make things better for ourselves and the people around us.

The rainbow had made my day. I realized the best thing about rainbows is that you see one when you are least expecting it. 

Whenever it rains and the sun shines, I hope to see this beautiful band of colors in the sky, and the sight of one never fails to cheer me up. :)

Do you know what each color in the rainbow means? I found something that explains it:

Red represents the blood Jesus shed for us.

Yellow is for God’s perfect light, the sun so bright.

Orange is coming from night into life with thru Jesus.

Green reminds us that God created the earth and trees. Like the grass in spring, it represents the new life we have in Jesus.

Blue represents the color of water. God created the oceans & seas, this meminds us of the baptism that identifies us with Jesus.

Black represents our sins and God’s darkest day.

Purple is for Jesus’ hours of sorrow, so we can gain the crown of life.

Pink is for our new tomorrows.

White represents God’s purity and the cleansing of our sins thru God’s grace.



"No matter how bad things may seem there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Thank you GOD!"




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Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.-Wikipedia

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Family and Our House : Super Typhoon Haiyan Yolanda Aftermath

The one thing that is most important to me is my family because they will always be there for me no matter what happens. They are the ones that are there for me at the end of the day. We may argue on things at times but we love and protect each other my family is the ONLY TREASURE I have in this world.



A week after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hits on the ground; I haven’t able to get hold of my brother because telecommunications were down and assuming signal will be okay he will no longer have battery on his phone, because there is no electricity. All I know is that there safe, but my question is; are they Okay? Considering what I saw and heard from the news right after Haiyan hits on the ground of Leyte, can’t help but worry for my family’s whereabouts back home. Terrifying photos and people dying increase not because of aftermaths but due to hunger. Made me worry even more for my family situation back home, the fact that our house was destroy by Haiyan, I knew right and then they were not okay. 

After a week of anticipating and sleepless nights I am able to go home and check my family’s situation. I can finally see them.

November 16, 2013 5:30PM Ormoc City – I saw my brother standing waiting for me on the port I hugged him and cried. He looked different from the last time I saw him last year, at our father’s funeral. Oh! One more thing why I worry too much because, in this world I only have my siblings, my in-laws, my nieces, and nephews. I remember before our Mom passed away 4years ago, she told my Aunt her older Sister to tell me that whatever happened, I should looked after him and his the one among my other siblings who's living in Leyte and his family. 

While waiting for the bus, the last rides going to our Barrio can’t help get shocks on what I saw in Ormoc Terminal. I know and saw the news that Ormoc City was devastated as well, but it feels different when I saw it in person I felt like Ormoc was a ghost town. 

Bus arrives at around 6:15PM I almost got my foot run over by the bus, because everyone was on the rush and pushing one another. Thankfully someone helped me get on board and save a seat for my brother, while his securing my luggage at the back.

As we were leaving Ormoc going to Baybay, can’t help think about those survivors from the typhoon who ransacked a mall or convenient store just to get food to eat and water to drink just to survive till rescue and relief goods will arrive.

I certainly don’t blame them for doing so. Period!!! Like on my case I even pushed the one in front of me, just to get in the bus, because I wanted to see the rest of my family and wanted to bring them the food I’m carrying all the way from Manila, my 40 kilos luggage is all FOOD of in kinds.

I reach home around 8:00PM, I barely see the aftermaths of Haiyan in our place, but our house, as I was expected roof, were roofless and the bamboo parts of the house were ruined.

When asked how’s our house look like back home. I proudly describe it SIMPLE yet the BEST place to stay on earth. That’s where we all grow up, the memories with our parents and with my siblings growing up is priceless that made our house the best place to stay. We don’t have a bungalow but we do have a HOME to call our own.

It saddens me to see how it looks like now after Super Typhoon Haiyan ruined it. But still thankful to GOD that my family is safe from any harm during the typhoon and even if how strong Haiyan is our house still standing stills. It may take me some times to rebuild our house but I know someday sooner or later I can rebuild it, same place, different look :)
my family in Leyte 

our HOUSE roofless 

our HOUSE roofless


our HOUSE. My brother first initiative the day after Haiyan, He gathered all roof and he put them back together. :) 



"Sometimes GOD takes me to a place where I have nothing to rely on but FAITH, in order for me to truly see HIS glory and just what an awesome God he is."- Upindecordero


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Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.-Wikipedia



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My Experience Going Home to LEYTE : Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Aftermath


I am from LEYTE. I grew up in Maybog, Baybay, Leyte. So when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit my beloved province of Leyte. I am one of those worried individuals who can’t sleep, think and work properly thinking and worrying their family back home. Maybog is where we came from so 95% of the populations were my relatives, but my immediate family I’m most worried about was my older brother Patrick and his wife Nene, his kids Patricia 4yrs, John Paulo 11mos and my niece Den-den 11yrs. (daughter of my Sister). 

Six days after Yolanda hit on the ground, I was still unable to speak to my brother, and I’m only hearing news from friends and neighbors who were able to speak to their love ones or through sharing updates in social media such as facebook. This adds worries on my part, because I’m getting different stories of what had happened in my family and in our house back home. When finally my boss arrives from the U.S. she let me go and booked me a flight going home, taking Manila-Cebu- Cebu-Ormoc route. Since going to Manila-Tacloban is too risky for a girl like me to take.

It wasn’t an easy journey for me, as soon as I landed in Cebu. November 16, 2013, 4:30am on board via Philippine Airlines arrived at Mactan International Airport at 6:30am. I took a cab going to Pier 4, hoping I could catch the 11ish am schedule for SuperCat bounds for Ormoc. But to my disappointment 11ish and 1ish schedule bounds for Ormoc were all fully book and the only available scheduled is at 4:30PM. So I booked it, check in my luggage and took a nap at Supercat 2Go terminal.

As I was taking my nap, my unconscious self was talking to me; 

“Cristina are you kidding me? You’re going to wait for 8 hours doing nothing when maybe you can go out and check out if there are other sea craft that would leave early and who cares if it’s a fast craft or not, important is that, you will be in ORMOC before eve, or you’re sorry.” 

The idea of arriving in Ormoc at night woke me up, Holly cow!!! I am so dead once I get there late. Supercat 4:30PM will arrive there at around 8ish at night, no rides going home to my barrio and Ormoc is not a safe place to stay at night, there are no lights and the thieves are going around at night in the City. So I went out asking the porter’s working on the area. And they told me there is one, leaving at 11:00am bounds for Ormoc, The Lite Shipping. Went there bought my ticket and went back to Supercat ticketing office for a refund and for my luggage. 

At LITE SHIPPING, I meet people that I am thankful for, people who helped me and become my friends. And amazing crew who let me try how to drive the wheel for a moment that made me feel like I'm the Captain of the Ship.

Kuya Gaga Porter 5 Lite Shipping

I would like to thanked this guy in yellow (above pic). Kuya Gaga Porter #5 at The Lite Shipping he carry all my luggage, take note not just a luggage, my 40 kls luggage from the ticketing office till we get to my designated bed on the ship. I paid him 250 pesos, originally I made bargain with him from 250 to 200 and he said yes with no further complain, but when I saw all the hardship and effort he was to take just to carry my luggage, I felt awkward, I felt bad it wasn't easy and if I were to carry those luggage I would not asked for 250, I would definitely asked for more. Lesson Learned. Be Nice and Kind and avoid being Kuripot or Miser in situation like this.

Have you ever met someone who is so positive with all there thoughts when all their chances are zero?
With Ate Bingbing 

YES! I meet one inspiring hopeful lady on my way home. I meet Ate Bingbing at the Pier; she was in line at Supercat ticketing office when I was talking to the officer in charge for my refund ticket. She asked me why I have to cancel my ticket and told her that there is an early rides going to Ormoc. She asked me if I could take her along with me, with no question asked I nod and said yes, we went there together, and she look after all my things when I was running hoping I could get a ticket for her. I wasn’t even thinking if I could trust her. I mean she’s a complete stranger from nowhere. All I know is that we’re on the same boat; we want to go home as soon as possible. And in order for us to be home early is to help each other. 

On the cruise we were talking where we came from and where we heading once we lands in Ormoc. I told her mine, and she told me hers, to my surprise, she told me she’s going to Tacloban. As we all know Tacloban is the most devastated City hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Then she continues; she’s living in Cebu but her families were from Tacloban City, her Uncle, Aunts were dead and the only survivors from her family were her two nieces. She’s coming back to Tacloban to get them and take them with her back to Cebu. And her second reason for coming back to Tacloban that broke my heart is her missing mother. She’s so positive and hopeful that she will see her mom alive in spite what happened to Tacloban. Her mom is one of the prisoner's who escape when the winds ripped off the roof of the prison and from a flooded jail.

She told me she will wait her Mom for one year and was imagining that maybe the reason why she can’t get hold of her mother’s whereabouts right now, because her mom’s phone is low-bat  or maybe her mom is still in shocks because of what happened.

Listening to her story really made me cry  inside, If I were in her shoes, I would hope the same, as long as there is no confirmation of her death I would hope and wait that one day she will be home. Dead and Missing are two different story, when we say dead means no coming back, but when we say missing there is a possibility of coming back. Let’s keep them in our prayers that hopefully she will see her missing mother soon. 

Enough with the sad part, sharing you my awesome experience on board. I was the lucky two who were able to go up at the Cabin Crew Room the most restricted part of the ship. The LITE SHIPPING crew of the ship allows us to drive the wheel. Yay!!! It was fun feeler Captain of the Ship ang Peg ko :) They were super cool, with this white guy next to me I felt like were on educational tour :)








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Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.-Wikipedia





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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

LIFE LESSON: A $100 BILL

I'm sharing you this beautiful text message from a friend.


" A speaker started off his speech by holding up a $100 bill. He asked. "Who wants this $100? Hands started going up, He crumpled the bill, dropped it to the floor, and ground it with his shoe. He picked it up and asked. "Now who still wants this $100? Everyone still raised hands. --- "My friend", he said let this be a lesson. Others may trample upon you, but they can never diminish your true value. :)



Remembering Father on His 1st Year Death Anniversary



Today is my father's one year death anniversary. 

October 15, 2012 an early phone (6:00 am) call woke me up; I ignore the first and second call then finally answered the third call. It was my Sister crying and the only words she uttered were sis si Tatay Gitabang napud! I can hear them talking to my father trying to get his consciousness back. Then my sister hang-up and told me she’ll call me back.

The moment my sister hang-up, I know something’s wrong. I was crying so loud and was so scared, for someone who already loss a parent its pretty normal to get scared. I was like please “Lord No! We already loss our mother and it wasn’t easy going on without her, and now Tatay (my father)”, the idea of losing him is too much to bear, I can’t imagine. Then I called my sister because I can’t wait for her to call me back, and then all I could here is she’s crying, she can’t say the words. But I know…I know… we just loss him... 

June 16, 2012 Father's Day message on my Facebook."I  love you Tatay. I know I am very rude and disrespectful to you at times but my love for you is endless. I cannot survive in this world if I don't have your support and love. Please forgive me for my wrong deeds. Thank you for your patience and understanding in me. I know I am matigas ulo (hard headed), and always giving you disappointment but still u love me unconditionally. And you’re always there to listen to all my sentiment every now and then. Now I know why Nanay takes care of you very much. I know I am not a perfect daughter but I promise to make it up to you from now on. Happy Father’s Day Tatay Abay! "


Going back to the scenario when my father was dying...

I was a little bit questioning God, questions that didn't mean blame but it was just simple questions like: "God, is it really time for him to die, did we do something that we can really do in order to save him from death?.... (Although we can't really save a person from death)...Is it really time to give him up to your hands and did we doubt your power to heal as we let him go to your hands?" With those questions in mind, I hang the phone and called my older brother and inform our relatives from His sides regarding the bad news. I called my dearest friends for comfort because, I was living alone and had no one to talk to. But I managed to be strong because I saw the vision of my father smiling with Jesus...I was crying so loud outside but inside of me, I was so joyful because Jesus assured me that it's already time for him to go and be with my Mother there in Heaven and most of all, Jesus assured me in that vision that our father is saved...and he is already happy in heaven.

And even if our father died because of his illness, I didn't doubt that God can heal him. Although he wasn't healed physically, he was healed spiritually...and that was the greatest miracle that happened in his life.

I miss my Tatay (father), he is the only person in this world whom I could talk to without judging me and asking me why, all he does is listen and believe in me with respect. Even though I know sometimes I’m wrong he still believes in me that every wrong decision I made, He knew I’ll learned something from it. He loves me unconditionally. And his death will always be part of the good memories God gave me and our family. 

I know he is already happy in heaven and someday we will see him again...with our Mother too. :)





Originally posted this on my Facebook Notes dated October 15, 2013

"Today, Jesus, as You are listening in your home above; Would you go and find my Tatay and give him all my love" ;(




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FRIENDS FOREVER : Re-united After 7-Years.

Re-United with my Friend/Classmate/Barkada/Sister Janice Piano.

Janice and I were schoolmate in Damulaan National High School Albuera, Leyte .I don’t know how we started getting close back then, but all I know is that we’re friends and we get along so well. We were on our senior year; I was from A and she’s from C section. We have different class schedules but we managed to be together all the time. We cut classes together, the out of town trips, waterfall hiking, and our drinking sessions in and outside of the campus. Remembering those younger carefree years of high-school life, how time flies. She is now happily married and I’m happily enjoying my single life.



Janice and I after our ROTC graduation. 

with Jovely Bertos, Myself, Zeres Labandria, my barkada's Alejandro Pacate Jr., Madelyn Lumba, Janice Piano, Maricel Pantino and Carmila Cerdon. Higschool Field Trip in Biliran Island

7 years ago Janice visited me on my place in Tondo, and then we lost contact after that. I’ve search Facebook hoping to find her, but unfortunately shes not into that stuff, a non-techie individual exist on this universe. I’m glad I’m Facebook friends with her cousins. I asked Marj Piano her cousin, if by any chance she had contact with her, then she said nothing, its has been awhile since Janice contact her relatives.

I told her that if by any chance Janice would contact them, she would please let me know because I really wanted this girl. Then few months ago Janice and her husband went home to Leyte to visit her family. And that's how got reconnected again...

I got her number from her cousin Marj and from then on we started communicating, exchanging text messages and calls.

October 29, 2013 Re-united after 7 years :) 

A week ago I came to visit her in Olongapo, where she is now based together with her husband. She is still the Janice Piano I’ve known since highschool, nothing’s changed. Funny, genuine person inside and out, and business minded. She now managed her on small business in Gapo I am so proud and happy how her life turned out to be. I stayed there for 3 days and she took me around the City, it was my first time to land my foot on Olongapo. 

On my first night she took me to Subic Fiesta Carnival , together with her best buddy Endong.
Subic Fiesta Carnical 

with Janice Piano, new found friend Endong, and me

Endong and I get along so well too he is too funny (his gay btw). I just loved how he cracked me up to the max!. His so natural on making people laugh. My new found friend Indong is an Amerasian his father is a black american and his mother is a native Aetas in Zambales.

with Endong

On my second day Janice and her Hubby took me to the Beach…Ohh yeah I love beach!!!... We went to Arizona Beach Resort, Subic Bay,and stayed there the whole day. My friend Janice is residing at Iram Resettlement area (main community) - Olongapo City. Going to the beach would take us an honor or so, then 20 minutes from the Town City of Olongapo. 

Since we both don't know how to swim "gaantos ming bitbit sa salbadida"
Arizona Beach Resort, Subic Bay

Friends forever

The most interesting, scary yet funny experience I had in Gapo, was when my friend Janice took me to the rally for their local officials. I have no idea what the hell is going on that day Ha!ha! It was so hot, reallyhot! and were walking for hours…long walks from Iram to Calapati and we were hungry. On the road there are many military and policeman. I was complaining yet I must admit I enjoyed it as well. We were shouting “Makabayan” then burst out laughing; we were covering our faces because there are local medias in the rally. I’m glad the rally ended well, and I hope the local official can regain their justice from the last Brgy. Election. 

On my last night on Gapo, Janice and her husband took me to the City for a night out. We went to Pier One Bar & Grill and Janice and I were strolling around The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic Bay for some girlie bonding moment. 






I'm looking forward on going back to Olongapo soon! It really makes me thankful for the friends I have, and I'm especially thankful for my true friends. Friends are priceless. Its the family we choose :)

Xoxo,
Tine :)


"True friendship isn't being inseparable, it's being separated, and nothing changes."

Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekend Gateway Subic Olongapo 2013



A week ago I am able to take a break from work. A week off!!! from October 26-November 3, 2013. Originally my co-worker and I were planning to go to SAGADA. The only place in Philippines I am dreaming off to E-X-P-L-O-R-E. But due to some conflicts we decided to cancelled the plan. I left alone in my place doing nothing. Then suddenly my lost long bestfriend from highschool texted me and asked me if when I am going to visit her in Olongapo. Then I was like hmmm perfect timing, I packed my things immediately and to went the bus terminal in Victory Cubao and bought the first trip bounds for Olongapo via SCTX.



   Victory Cubao 

My dear friend Janice and her supportive husband took me to the BEACH. Ahhh!!! I love water...I consider myself an ISLAND PRINCESS!!! ha!ha! There is no way I'm ending my year without hitting off the beach. Feeling so blessed and thankful as always for this new experience I had in Gapo. :)

I might not be the most beautiful ... 

or sexiest... 

nor do I have the perfect body...

I don't have an amazing figure or a flat stomach.

I'm far from being considered a model, but I'm ME.
I eat food, have curves, love my Dora blanket and will go without make up. 

I'm random and crazy, and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. I am who I am, love it or hate it, I DON'T CARE!!! :) 



"I'm thankful that I can wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and not have to be afraid of being anyone else but myself :) 


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