FilAms in Nevada worry about kin in Visayas

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North American News Bureau

Nov. 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Filipina Cheryl Bernadette Nora Moss, a Nevada family court judge, is still distressed and continues to worry for her family in Visayas.
Up to this time, her family has not yet contacted her about their whereabouts in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.

“I hope you guys are safe,” she said. “I know that tita Olive you said you are going to stay on your roof with your dogs and send your grandchildren to tita Glo’s house. So I hope you are okay and survived the storm. Please contact me here in Las Vegas by email or whatever. I just want to hear that you guys are safe and my cousins out there, cousin Gina and tita Glo and everybody. I have a lot of relatives over there.”

Moss said that the last time she heard from her relatives was a day before the typhoon struck Philippines.

“I used to spend my summers in Boswang Beach in Kalibo, Aklan,” Moss said. “My grandma’s [house] is there. I think it’s wiped out. It’s gone. I have no more memories over there so I just want everybody to be alive.”

Rita Vazwani has also not heard from her family in Tacloban.

“My fellow bombay—please try to get hold of us in Las Vegas or through some family in Manila,” she said. “We don’t know where you are. We are reaching out to you. This is Rita. I am from Cebu originally and I know I have lots of cousins in Tacloban. They lost their businesses but we are with you.”

When typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas, Egay Rendon was still mourning from the loss of a friend in the Bohol quake.

“My family is in Cebu,” he said. “Unfortunately my youngest brother lives up in the north which is where the typhoon was. I have not heard from him for days until just yesterday. They updated their Facebook because there’s a generator in their area.”

During relief efforts following one of the world’s biggest storms, The Filipino Channel has been providing special on the ground coverage from the Philippines.

Meanwhile, since typhoon Yolanda caught the attention of the world, the Cox Cable Network offered to provide free access to The Filipino Channel on Channel 270 for southern Nevada residents.

More than 140,000 Filipino-Americans live in southern Nevada.

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