I have had a number of messages of concern .. thanks to everyone from me and Mita. We are all ok, likewise Gia and Ina our two ‘surrogate daughters’ who spent the night alone Saturday wehen the flooding was at it’s peak. Mita and I were stranded in Zambales. Much of Metro Manila is still essentially closed down … no schools and limited shopping because schools and malls are refugee centers.
The local governments and the Philippine Armed Forces are doing a great job. For those who don’t already know, Manila got more rain than New Orleans did in all of hurricane Katrina. The wind was not bad but huge amounts of water fell and just overcame all the paths of escape.
here in Marlao we stayed high and dry, although I think at least 12 folks perished along the Marilao river. Mita and I spent part of the day collecting clothes, in the AM we’ll take them to the barangay hall and get a better feel for what else is needed in the town.
For those who want to help,
http://www.abscbnfoundation.org can take secure donations, world-wide. ABS-CBN is one of the major broadcast networks here and they have been working 24-7 to collect and distribute supplies as well as keeping the public informed.
I’ll talk to you again soon.