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Never Lose Hope

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Captured
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Never Lose Hope

I believe that we all, together, can recover from this tragedy. In every sunset, there will always be a beginning and that beginning is the everyday’s sunrise.


                BANATE, Iloilo- People have been ready for Yolanda (Haiyan) to landfall even a day before. Some evacuated to the prescribed evacuation areas, but many have chosen to stay in their homes thinking that Yolanda would spare their houses. They were wrong.

Houses and establishments in Banate have been flown away by the merciless wind and hit by the hard pouring rain which harmed hundreds of families in just a couple of hours. Banate has been said to be the starting point where Yolanda has spread its crime.

Yet it is true that Yolanda didn’t kill anyone in this town, but it left many homeless families which until now crave for relief operations.

Gigantic mango trees and towering posts have been cut down by the strong wind. Cables and electricity wires have been left on the ground as well- the worst image of the town that the residents did not imagine in their entire life.

Barangay Talokgangan is one of the most affected barangays in the town as this barangay is located in the shoreline and the residents have their houses just few steps before the seawater.

Despite of what happened, they are thankful that no one had to end a life because of Yolanda. It doesn’t matter to them if Yolanda took away their homes, their money and their pump boats which is their primary tool for fishing every day. As long as Yolanda spares the entire family, everything is going to be okay.

Annabel Gayongorsa of the said barangay, continue to fight the trauma that the typhoon had given her and family. She totally lost her home when Yolanda hit the town and basically built a hut near the shore with fishing net as their wall and dried coconut leaves and wide plastic as their roof.

“ Dose na kabilog ang kabataan ko kag manug trese na sa sunod nga mga binulan. Ang balay ko tung una lapit sa iskwelahan galing ginlupad gd tanan ni Yolanda. Wala man kami may halinan nga iban kay halin sadto diri na ako.” (I have 12 kids and another one will be added for the next few months. Before I built a house here, I live near the elementary school but it was totally flown away by Yolanda. We have nowhere to go anymore because I have been here since I was a child.)

Annabel lives with her 12 children, most of them are still young, together with his husband. They live in darkness at night in their fish-like home.

“Agwanta na lang ta anay sang lambat kag dahon ka lubi kag trapal kay wala man kami inugbakal. Bisan tapi na lang daw budlayan pa kami mangita. Ang inug bakal namon, ibakal na lang namon sang bugas kag sud-an para mapakaon sa amon kabataan.” (We consider fish net and dried coconut leaves and plastic because we don’t have money to buy the materials. We can’t even afford to buy woods. Instead of buying materials, we choose to buy food to feed our children.

Annabel’s family is now depending on the relief goods that is being given to them since they don’t have any means of earning money anymore. She as well consider the fact that she might be delivering her 13th child for the next few months.

  “Isa na ka semana tapos sang bagyo, ka duwa pa lang kami nakabaton sang relief goods, halin sa Mayor kag halin sa kay Binay pagkadto niya di. Intsindihan man namon nga Tacloban grabe gid, pero ti, apektado man kami di kag kinahanglan man namon sang bulig” (It has been a week since Yolanda hit us, but we only received a plastic of relief goods twice- one from Mayor Cabangal and one from VP Binay. We understand that Tacloban has worse situation, but then we as well have been victims of the same typhoon and that we also need help.)



Korina gets 360-degree bitch-slapping

Posted: November 17, 2013 in ReBlogged


Social media is a powerful tool during times of need, but its power can go both ways. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the social media savvy, post Yolanda.

DO use your accounts to share vital information with your network. It may seem like everyone is repeating the same thing but it is crucial at this time for as it to reach as many people as possible.

DON’T use your accounts for self-promotion. Now is not the time to announce a new product you are selling (unless you plan to give some of the proceeds to charity) or a new endorsement deal you nabbed. Absolutely no shameless selfies also at this time, unless you want the social media world to roll their eyes at your insensitivity.

DO encourage people to help and commend them
 for their donations and services. Now is the time for us to all band together instead of sourgraping.

DON’T resort to public shaming. If, for some reason, you have people on your timeline that seem to be posting insensitive things, leave them be, or gently remind them privately that now may not be the time to share certain things.

DO continue to count your blessings. If it is your birthday, wedding, anniversary, or if you have just given birth, don’t be ashamed to post your happiness online. Everyone will need a ray of sunshine during these dark times but—

DON’T post how excessive or luxurious your celebrations were. If you have to have more than a simple celebration at this time, do so, but please be discreet. Nobody needs to see your champagne showers or how hungover you are from your wild night.

DO post your efforts if you feel comfortable doing so. Some people may see this as bragging, but it can also encourage people to get out there and do their part.

DON’T post photos of your fabulous trip abroad right now.

Share them later on, when things start looking up. Nobody wants to see you eating a crepe below the Eiffel Tower right now.



                “We prepared for Yolanda, we just didn’t expect she was this cruel”, people from Northern Iloilo exclaimed.

                  As typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines on November 8, 2013, everybody was shocked and horrified about its strength. Posts and trees have fallen, roofs were flying and many lives have ended.

                Typhoon Haiyan made its landfall in Iloilo particularly in the Northern Part at exactly 11:45 in the morning of November 8.

                It was not the rain that melted hundreds of homes but the strong winds made people homeless. The strong winds lasted for just almost 6 hours but it left thousands of people who lost their houses, establishments, and lives which they protected for decades.

                5 days have passed but the number of death toll in Iloilo is still increasing. As of 11:00 AM of November 12, 2013, death toll due to super typhoon Yolanda in Iloilo soared to 150, while the number of houses totally damaged is 65,481 and those partially damaged is 44,370.

                Number of relief operations are now implemented. Even universities in Iloilo are campaigning for funds which can really be if great help to the typhoon victims. The West Visayas State University is now campaigning for “Tulong ng West sa North” in which this project asks for bottles of mineral water from their students and other fortunate people to be given to the victims since they for see that water is really a need.

                Capiz and Antique are the most affected on this situation. Until now, there is no easy way of getting in those area as their ways are not yet cleared from the fallen debris, posts, and trees. Thus, giving the people there the least chances of media attention, and relief and rescue operations.

                Governor Art Defensor of the Province of Iloilo has called the attention of authorities as Estancia, Iloilo had oil spill after Haiyan struck the area. Estancia, Iloilo is also a part of Northern Iloilo and the first town which discovered number of 30 deaths few hours after Haiyan had its landfall. 

To those who had sent their help to the Typhoon Haiyan victims, thank you so much! I myself have been a victim but then, there are really people whose situation is worse than mine. Thank you all. Please keep praying!

People don’t know how damaged Visayas is. They thought that homes have been destroyed, posts have fallen, and trees have been unrooted. It is more than that. Lives has vanished.

This week has tested the Filipino humankind and their sense of volunteerism. Everyone is making a way or two to help other people who have been victimized by Yolanda. There is Tacloban where people have to shoplift the closed stores just to get anything that they can use. They do not get enough food, and worse, they don’t even get to satisfy their thirst. In Tacloban as well, there were more than 5,000 deaths that have been already recorded and countless are still missing. After the typhoon, corpses are seen hanging on the posts and trees, and many have been found under debris. Tacloban has been crying for help to the extent that no authority can handle them, thus forcing PNoy to call them under Martial Law.


Since I belong to the Western Visayas, I will focus more on my area. Yes, every one of us here suffered Yolanda’s cruelty, but then there are really people whose situations are worse. The Northern Part of Iloilo has been the very target of Yolanda. Yolanda was successful. She hit all of the houses, ruined establishments, knocked out every tree, and she ended number of lives. From Anilao, Banate, Barota Viejo, Sara, Ajuy, Concepcion, Carles, Balsan, Estancia, Capiz, Antique, and Roxas City. Name it, damages have been recorded. Worst thing is that, Antique and Capiz has been very poor. Poor from Media attention and Relief goods. I wonder when will those goods arrive?


As I was browsing on my newsfeed two days ago, I have seen news articles saying that numerous countries have donated millions of pesos to used for Yolanda victims. Thank you all to those countries who indeed help us financially. Thank you so much Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UAE, UK, Canda, Netherlands, Elements of Okinawa, Australia, European Union, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia.


To those who are following my blog, here are some sort of help to all the people in the Philippines. Please continue praying! Thank you very much.


P.S. I do not personally own any of the pictures. Credits will be duly recognized to the owners.

This is indeed a little prayer to to ask for guidance in Visayas.

Lord, patawad!

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Music Lounge, OPM
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interesting deliberation of our sins. Funny but true. 🙂