My Father is Safe ! !

Hi ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here ! !

Thank you all for your prayers and concern. My father is safe, and already in Manila.  He says he’s coming home soon, maybe in 3 days or so.

But we’re worried about the family of the engineer who is doing our vacation house. His family is from Tacloban, Leyte,  the center of destruction . The city had been flattened by the 376 km/hr storm. ( 235 m/hr ). You know guys, the Philippines is used to these kind of typhoons… my Mom said she remembered a 250 km/hr storm and how it was then, so this one is quite unimaginable.  Metereologists say this off the charts. Categories are only up to 5… this super storm could easily be # 7.  There is no official count of fatalities, but they’re estimating it can reach 10,000 to 20,000.

Mom and my aunt have already decided how much they’re going to donate to the victims.  Of course we will give.. My parents had given to American Red Cross for Japan tsunami victims. And Japan is a rich country. The Philippines is poor. We don’t even know how the country will manage to rebuild  that part of the country. Do you know that same area had been hit by a 7.2 earthquake one month ago?  The country is in the earthquake, volcano ,   and typhoon belt. Google Mt. Pinatubo eruption. It was the second   biggest eruption of the 20th century.   Earthquakes are a daily occurence, and I’m not kidding. Of course , the daily earthquakes cannot be felt, but my parents say they can. At our house there, there’s a hanging lamp, and that lamp will sway just a bit if there’s  a tiniest movement of the ground.

Speaking of Mt. Pinatubo volcano eruption…  When it erupted, Manila , the capital city,  and  which is about a  hundred kilometers from the volcano,  turned pitch black at 12 noon. Then heavy ashes fell on the city, blanketing it with ashes a few inches thick.  Visibilty was zero. The eruption actually caused the earth’s tempersture to drop by 1 F. It was also 10x  bigger than Mt. Helen’s eruption here in the US. They have theorized that the eruption was triggered by a 8.2 earthquake that occured about a year before the eruption. Two weeks after the earthquake , the people felt tremors and smoke was seen coming out of the volcano.

The Philippines is a calamity area.  Strong typhoons, floodings, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions….  Filipinos eat them for breakfast. But this super storm is just……. We’ve been watching CNN for days now. It’s just heartbreaking. We are also ready for bad news from our architect. Oh, man.

Anyway……. to my dear readers and friends….. if you can find a way to donate.. donation intended for the Philippines, please, please, please, please , do so. Please find a way. CNN has provided a link… go there, and click donate. $ 5 , $ 10, even this small amount will go a long way.

Thank you.

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36 responses to this post.

  1. Cheers to your dad being alright! I do pray for everyone’s safety, I have lots of friends there and I worry about their safety daily :( I’m going to visit CNN right now.

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  2. Glad to know that he is alright.
    As for the donation, why not :) The world came to our rescue when Phailin hit us.

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  3. May the good Lord help the victims and their families and brings healing to the families who lost their loved ones.Hope to here more good news .Its great your Dad is doing fine. (at St Dorothy church we have a large community from the Philippines )

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  4. I was not even aware your father was in the Philippines. Glad he is safe and donating is a very necessary thing.

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  5. Yay your father is safe! My coworker from Cebu wrote up a blog post where people can donate, she has a lot of good links ( http://luokeshan.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/reliefph-call-for-help-for-the-yolandahaiyan-victims/ ) . I have a link to it from my blog but I am trying to get the word out so people are aware:

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  6. May god bless all the souls and help their dear ones. It’s good to hear that your father is safe. :)

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  7. I’m really relieved for you, Ren! I was watching the news today and I saw the mess and devistation and thought of your Dad and your family. It’s great he’s ok, but really sad over 10,000 people have died and many others are missing! I’ll be giving some money towards helping!

    I know humans are remarcable creatures and can adapt to many environments, but sometimes I wonder why we insist in living in zones of such geological activity and environmental extremes. It makes me glad I live in the UK, there’s not much geological activity and the only environmental extreme is the weather changing fast! Having said that we had a large storm a few weeks ago and some retards were going to the sea and filming and even going right down to the beach to tempt fate! *facepalms*

    Again, I’m relieved for you! :) Have a good week, mate!

    - Phil

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  8. Oh brilliant. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve ‘popped’ back to your Blog for an update. I’m so happy for you. We are getting all these reports about the damage on the news here, and it really is beyond awful. But your father is safe, and that makes me very happy for you x

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  9. I’m so relieved for you and your family Ren and I send my prayers to everyone.
    Lots of love and best wishes, James x.

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  10. Glad to hear the good news about your Dad. My continuous prayers for the People of The Philippines.

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  11. Wonderful with a happy ending for you and your family… :-)

    The Philippines is poor and need help from all after this terrible and unlucky natural disaster – really feel with these people who have enough to worry about already and don’t need more strokes.

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  12. YAY!!! I am so happy for you!! :D :D :D

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  13. So good to know that your dad is safe, what a relief… I hope all those affected will have somewhere to live and something to eat until they are permanently settled. Australia is doing a big fundraiser to help them too.

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  14. Happy to hear your dad is OK. Will be praying for the architect and everybody in the Philippines to have the strength and the help they need.

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  15. wow, mabuti at ligtas ang iyong Dad. :) :) :)

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  16. What a relief!! We’ll definitely by donating too.

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  17. Great to hear your dad is safe!

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  18. Glad to know that your Dad is ok and already in Manila, Renx

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  19. I hope you, your family, your brothers and all in good condition
    many useful help.
    best wishes

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  20. Thank goodness! I wrote to several friends in the Philippines to ask for news and everyone told me that area was cut off and no news was coming out. However, they felt it had not suffered so many casualties. Since then my internet as been largely down so I couldn’t get back to you so quickly. Another typhoon is about to hit I believe :(
    Best wishes to you and your family and may no one you know be hurt in the end.

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  21. My heart shares your joy and happiness with the wonderful news! There will be a lasting smile throughout my day because of this lovely blessing! Hugs and blessings to you and your family!!!!!

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  22. I’m glad your dad’s safe, you have my thoughts.

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  23. Glad to know your dad is safe. We thank God!

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  24. Renx, seeing your happiness in your words, i shared one of my poems tonight because I could see the image of you praying to God over the previous nights for your fathers safety…and it moved me to share it! I have always found God to answer my prayers, and surely when one believes without hesitation…prayers will always be answered! God bless you and your family again my sister!

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  25. Oh dear yes very sorry to hear about that and very glad to hear about your father
    thanks dear to god I will pray for the engineer

    God is great dear

    thank you

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  26. I’m so sorry about the devastation happening in the Philippines. I’m so glad to hear your dad is okay. My thoughts are with the rest of the Filipino community as well xoxo

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  27. Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes on November 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I am glad to read this update, Renx, re your father.. I came here especially to see how you are/family.

    It’s horrific devastation. God Bless them all.

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  28. Posted by ohlidia on November 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad!

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  29. So glad to hear!

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  30. So glad your dad’s okay! I have been thinking about you guys. I’ll see what I can do to donate to the disaster relief. Thanks for giving us the info. I really want to go back to the Philippines someday…

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  31. That’s good news that your father is okay :D xox

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  32. I am glad your father is safe… Thank you so much also for the shout out Ren, our Kababayan badly needed it…

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  33. oh Ren. You must be so shook up. I can’t afford donations, but I can share this to fb and twitter.

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  34. In Dubai many inhabitants are from the Philippines too, and many have family and relatives still living there, so Haiyan has cast a big shadow over the city. I completely forgot you’re from the Philippines (in my mind, you’re American), so I didn’t even think about checking your blog for anything Haiyan related. So happy to hear that your dad is ok!

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  35. Good to hear your dad is ok. My prayers to our kababayans.

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