An appeal for help for Cebu and Bohol earthquake victims
If I were a celebrity writing this, I’m sure thousands would respond for help. But I am not, and I would really appreciate it if you would take the time to read this and help.
As of writing this, 150 people have died in the major earthquake that stuck Visayas last Tuesday, while thousands remain displaced and affected. The numbers kept coming.
Roads and bridges remain impassable. Several villages remain isolated, many are still missing. Churches and historical buildings were destroyed. For some people, they may be just ordinary religious buildings but for the locals there, I’m sure it felt like losing a family member. The morale of the people were affected by the destruction of these structures but they steadfastly cling to their faith to live on and survive.
Even the world-famous Chocolate Hills were not spared. It breaks my heart to see this, partly because I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Chocolate Hills and this happened. It’s the pride of Bohol and I am hurting for the Boholanos to see their cherished Chocolate Hills like this.
Please, to anyone who are reading this, I appeal to you to help our people in Cebu and Bohol. These two provinces that have the happiest and friendliest people, people who have the warmest of smiles as they show their own simple way of expressing welcome by trying speak in your language so you can feel at-home. Boholanos, in particular, are always proud to show you what their land has to offer. It’s quite difficult to imagine what are they feeling right now with all this devastation.
This is by far, the biggest earthquake that hit the region. Aftershocks are still being recorded by the geological authority, numbering to 1000+ since the major quake. For now, many people are sleeping in the town plazas or open areas for fear of being trapped in their own houses. They are in a dire need of food, water, first-aid kit for those injured, and lots of prayers.
And for Boholanos and Cebuanos out there, stay strong. My thoughts are with you in this sad event. We shall mourn in spirit together and rise again. I am extending condolences for those lives who are lost and I am hoping with all my heart that you will recover fast from this tragedy. The whole Philippines is with you in this mourning.