15 October 2013, Eight twelve in the morning.
The Visayas region of the Philippines was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake with its epicenter originating in Sagbayan, a town in the island of Bohol.

It was early in the morning, when wifey and I were awakened by our two boys. The four of us in the bed greeting each other morning kisses and hugs, not even able to wash our faces yet. Minutes later, we noticed the bed shaking, stuff on the shelves were also shaking, the roof and the walls were creating shaky noises as well... we knew right there and then it was an earthquake. 

Wifey and I looked at each other, she holding Angelo, I carrying Tristan. We went downstairs right away.

It was the kind of shaking that gives you shivers deep inside. We hadn't known of the intensity yet that time, but as soon as we wanted to find out, power was gone, phone lines were down and any means of communication was difficult. When power was back up after 30 minutes, the earthquake incident was all over the news. Information were right away coming in and the more we learned how powerful the earthquake was.

It's been a week, but since that time until now, there have been more than two thousand aftershocks recorded. The entire country would have known by now how the earthquake brought devastating damage most especially in Bohol

Help are pouring in but I know it's not yet enough. It's good to see how people are coming together, making efforts for relief funds and all. At least what the earthquake showed us is that we Filipinos, resilient as always - know how to stand together after every fall. Let's do our share in helping rebuild what has fallen.

image by a.cortes, created as message of encouragement.

May we learn from the incident - on the manner of evacuating, on building safe structures and on keeping our faith strong.

final dose:
we are very thankful that it happened on a holiday 
and that the four of us were together and were never harmed. 


posted by A.Cortes on 9:16 AM under



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