Since Taal volcano erupted a few days ago, some Filipino Americans who have roots in affected towns have been overcome with emotion.
Southern California resident Marilou de Sagun owns several properties in Talisay, Batangas and has many relatives in the area.
“Luckily we were able to find some communications, with them and all my relatives were able to evacuate safely some of them are at the evacuation centers and some of them are with our other relatives in Manila. It’s been difficult knowing you can’t do anything from afar so all we have to do is really pray.”
Meanwhile — in just two days, patient care advocate, Anton Teehankee managed to raise $1,000 from the community, which he said he’ll use to buy about a thousand masks and send to his family’s hometown of Lipa, Batangas — where he is already coordinating with local government officials.
“I was really surprised by the amount of responses, likes sharing and the donations, that it got within the span of 2 days. It really comes to show that the Bayanihan spirit is alive and well among us Filipinos.”