Madridejos, Cebu: Two Weeks Later
Heartbreaking scenes replaced the idyllic paradise appeal of Bantayan Island after Yolanda unleashed its wrath. Ruptured houses leaving many Bantayanons unsheltered, huge trees unbelievably uprooted from the ground, and debris scattered on roads, farms, beaches, fields, everywhere – these were the imprints left by one devastating typhoon that shook the entire country, even nations from across the seas. I witnessed first hand the aftermath when I arrived two days after the storm. (Warning: Graphic images)
Two days after Yolanda.
Two weeks later.
Two days after Yolanda
Two weeks later.
With unparalleled efforts coming from non-government organizations (NGO), local government units (LGU) and international relief operations, and the local community, two weeks of hard work made a dynamic progress in rebuilding Bantayan Island. Skies were blue and the sun shone bright, the grass grew and trees blossomed, houses rebuilt and shops reopened – the daily rural life, day by day, came back to its regular track. A lot has changed when I came back two weeks after the tragic incident.
Stitching up the lechon
While the men took care of the meat, the women slice and dice vegetables.
Shaving the goat for our spicy caldereta
Structures and properties crumbled during the height of the typhoon, but thankfully, many lives were spared in Bantayan Island. We held a small celebration, a salu-salo, with friends, relatives, and neighbors in gratitude for each and everyone’s safety and even for a short time, take our minds off the rebuilding. That day, everyone put down their hammers and nails, and filled our tummies of local delicacies matched with warm beer (no electricity yet).
No beer-below-zero’s yet, but warm Gold Eagle will be just fine.
At his age, he knows how to slaughter a chicken.
It was really nice to see everybody smiling and merry-making. Everyone took part in our celebration, adults, kids, neighbors, distant neighbors, etc. For me, the small feast we had was way to lift up the spirits and piece back together the shattered hearts brought upon by the disaster. This was also my 28th birthday. My sincerest thanks, my family and friends, for making this special day something I will remember for the rest of my life. I will see you all very soon.
Sister, dad, uncles, and stars of the night.
Mga barkada ko sa Bantayan.
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