Yolanda Aftermath: Our home in Balasan, Iloilo

It is so heartbreaking to watch and hear the news about the recent super typhoon that hit our country. Sadly, many people lost their homes, some were hurt and others died.

Typhoon Yolanda - Haiyan in Panay [source: DOST PAGASA Facebook page]

Last Friday, November 8, 2013, super Typhoon Haiyan (Bagyo Yolanda) made landfall in northern Panay Island. On Thursday, my parents decided to go to our province in Balasan. I was hesitant and worried, but they went anyway. They’re supposed to return Friday morning thinking that the typhoon will change its direction or weaken. We received their last sms at noon after that we can’t contact them anymore.

I felt relieved when my father texted me today saying they are on their way home. After two days of no communication, they are now back! Good news is they are safe and they ate well…the bad news, see photos below… :(

bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-01One of our relative’s house.
bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-02 bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-04 Our house.
Thank God the roof is still intact, else they will have no shelter there. bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-03 bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-05 A tree fell on the roof of our terrace.
bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-06 Our storehouse.bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-07 bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-08Our car was not damaged, but on their way back, they had to pass by several fallen trees leaving some scratch and marks.
bagyo-yolanda-super-typhoon-haiyan-balasan-iloilo-09[all photos above were taken by my father]

We can always repair and gain back the material things we’ve lost. The most important thing to me is the safety of my parents and relatives. I am so thankful to God for protecting them during the typhoon. :)

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?”
-Rose Kennedy