FilAms worry for loved-ones in Bohol, Cebu

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 16, 2013

GLENDALE, California – For the past two days, it has been difficult for RD Alba to log on to Facebook, seeing landmarks from his hometown of Bohol in ruins after a powerful 7.2 earthquake hit Central Visayas.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said a newly-discovered fault may have caused the quake.

As of press time, the tragedy left 151 people dead, about 300 injured, about 40,000 families displaced and more than 100,000 people affected.

Alba said his mother is safe, with the family’s home suffering minimal damage.

“It’s just kind of unreal because my family lives there and I’m just glad that my mom is fine. It’s the older structures that are broken down, like the old churches. Thankfully, our place is fine, small cracks here and there, but nothing major,” said Alba.

Alba, who spent his childhood and teenage years in Bohol, lived through the 1996 earthquake as a youth. But he said the ’96 quake does not compare to the devastation he’s seen in the Philippines.

“It’s really one of the rare things that happen in Bohol because it’s one of the biggest earthquakes that happened. I was there during the ’96 earthquake. I was still in 3rd year high school,” he said.

While Alba breathes a sigh of relief, Akima Abrahan is still holding his, as he’s waiting to hear from his nephew and his family who live and work in Cebu.

“I’d like to contact them tonight. I wrote them yesterday, contact them through Facebook and they haven’t responded to my message. So I don’t know their condition,” said Abrahan.

The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol is the most powerful to hit the country in three years.

Meanwhile, a pair of magnitude 5.1 aftershocks hit Bohol on Wednesday morning.

President Benigno Aquino III visited the affected areas on Wednesday and pledged assistance to the affected Filipinos.

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  • wilhelmino pablo
    16 October 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    This is a situation where the politicians can show that their pork barrels can still help the pinoys in need during this difficult time. Or have they moved the people’s money to their overseas bank accounts? Just remember corrupt and thief politicians, “KARMA” is always roaming around you and will hit you off-guard. REPENT and return the money you stole from the Filipino people!

  • Kikay Pang0
    17 October 2013 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Use egg yolk instead of left over rice to glue cinder blocks to build walls.

    • Jorge Buesa
      18 October 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Kikay PangO your a funny guy. So philippines is a very poor country ?

  • Y Labra
    17 October 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Why it takes to long to give the relief to the victim & it’s easy & fast to release the money to pork barel politician. According to our president he said we fix the bridge next year why next year why not now.