Monday, December 19, 2011

New Beginning After Sendong

The southern island of the Philippines, mindanao, was hit by the recently devastating typhoon Sendong. It hit 2 of the cities in mindanao, specifically Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. These 2 cities are really dear to me since I have families and friends that live there. Thank God my brother's family was not affected. I am saddened by those that not only lost their belongings but also lost their loved ones. It is really heartbreaking looking at the news and pictures of what Sendong had caused.

For the past 2 days I was very worried because I can't contact my sister-in-law. My brother is not home because he works overseas. He will be back home next year. They were once a victim of flooding that is why I am very concerned. I called them up this morning and was very glad they are okay.

I will encourage my brother to just stay on land and venture for a new business when he gets home. It is hard to think that at times like this he is not around to be help his family. I know he was already thinking of a welding shop before and, in fact, already have welding cable and other machinery to start with. He also need to move out of their current place and live at an elevated area. He told me they already bought a lot in one of the elevated subdivision in the city. The only thing they need is enough money to build the house. I am hopeful that when he gets home they will pursue to move out so we will not be worried for them anymore when such calamity happens again.

To all the people affected with the typhoon, I pray that you will continue to be strong and hopeful despite everything. I know the Filipino people are very resilient and can still find good amidst the catastrophe. I also pray that people in the Philippines will go hand in hand together to help the victims.

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