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.