It was noon of September 26, 2009 when my mom woke me up. I was too sleepy that time since the climate is still pulling me back to sleep. After 10 minutes, I finally got off my bed and I got so surprised that flood water is starting to come inside the house. In my 17 years of living in Pasig it was my 1st time to experience flood this high. My mom asked me to help her bring up our things on the 2nd floor of the house then suddenly the power line was cut off. The rain continued to fall all day and the flood water rose up to our knees inside the house and it’s about 3 ft. high outside. We weren't able to hear any news from any broadcasting stations due to the total blackout. The only way we got to know the situation in other parts of Manila was through a landline and text messaging on our cell phones. We just checked out our relatives in Pateros, Taguig, Paranaque, Las Pinas and Quezon City by calling them from time to time. The next day, my sister and I decided to move out and we checked in a hotel somewhere in EDSA since we can’t afford to be absent from work especially that we’re both working for a US based bank. It was only in the hotel when I got to watch television and got to know the damages done by the typhoon. I felt so lucky that my family and I are still safe. Until now, our house is still submerged in flood water and there’s another upcoming storm on its way. I’m just keeping my hopes high that everything will be better.
On a personal note, I was moved by the videos of survival that were posted by my friends on our social network (facebook). It gave me time to reflect and contemplate on two things:
First: I could say that I would have to agree with the ad that I've heard from a radio station that the Filipinos' ultimate secret of survival is the way we find joy and reason to smile in spite of hardships and obstacles in life. Also we made sure that after putting our hands together in prayer we extend our hands in helping one another. With this, Filipinos will continue to inspire everyone from other nations by finding solace in the midst of the harshest adversity through resiliency and optimism.
Second: This experience could be a wake up call not just to the Filipinos living in urban areas but to everyone living in this world that at the end of the day, it’s not our houses, our cars, our riches, our savings account nor our credit standing that needs to be measured. At the end of it all, isn't it what truly matters is our spiritual investment with our Creator?