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November 13, 2013

Bangon Ormoc

Atty. Christina Garcia-Frasco has been leading relief operations from Cebu for victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Ormoc City, Leyte. In lieu of an article for this week, we are sharing, with her permission, posts from her Facebook page on the heartbreaking scenes of hunger and desperation that met her upon her arrival in Ormoc in the aftermath of the storm as well as updates on relief operations for various baranggays in Ormoc. – ManilaSpeak ed.

yolanda christina

It was almost exactly 22 years ago when Typhoon Uring hit Ormoc City, Leyte in the Philippines, killing an estimated 8,000 people. I was only 9 years old when it happened.

When I traveled back to the City of my childhood, I had an eerie sense of deja vu upon seeing that 95% of the City had been destroyed and many communities leveled to the ground.

Sadly, little is known about the people’s plight in Ormoc because there is little or no coverage in the national news about Ormoc, and the City has no means of communicating to the outside world, with power and communication lines down.

When we docked at Brgy. Punta in Ormoc City with relief goods Sunday Morning, 11 November, we were told by a Councilor that we were the first and only ones outside Ormoc to send aid. Apparently, no relief goods have arrived from the national government. This came as such a huge surprise to me because Ormoc is easily accessible from Cebu.

Food supplies, medicines, mineral water and other basic necessities are running out. Even bread is a commodity now.


As the boat we took back to Cebu docked off from the pier, Ormoc was shrouded in darkness. I left with the heavy heart knowing that while I am going back to the comfort of my own home, many of the Ormocanons have lost theirs.

When I scoured the streets of Ormoc City post-Typhoon Yolanda, I was overcome with grief. But then I met these little boys who were playing amidst the debris. When I asked them how they were, they replied, “Nagubâ among mga balay. Pero okayra, buhî pa man mi.” (Our homes have been destroyed. But it’s okay, we are still alive).
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was, within me, an invincible summer. - A. Camus

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was, within me, an invincible summer. – A. Camus

As yet another typhoon looms, my thoughts and prayers go out to them and to the hundreds of thousands of people in the Visayas, who will have to endure this storm without food or shelter. Give them thy worst, for they shall not be broken.


yolanda christina 2For relief distribution, we have coordinated directly with the Ormoc City Government through the Mayor, Ondo Codilla, who together with his wife Violy were generous enough to lend their barge to for the transportation of the goods.

Mayor Codilla has set up a distribution system/relief centers for all 110 Barangays of Ormoc for orderly, even and extensive distribution. More information on this may be obtained at the Ormoc City Hall and/or from Councilor Goodie Ebcas.

Please continue to share your blessings to Ormoc, Tacloban, Leyte and Northern Cebu. Thanks so much.

Drop Off Points are:

Titay’s Raintree Mall
Politics, Escario Central Mall
Gilt, Crossroads, Banilad
All San Jose Bakeshops
Rescue Bar and Lounge (beside Grand Convention Center)
MSWD Office, Liloan Municipal Hall

#BangonCebu #BangonOrmoc #BangonVisayas


#BangonOrmoc and Relief Ops for Cebu has also partnered with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)

#BangonOrmoc and our Relief Operations for Northern Cebu can now accept CASH DONATIONS from the Philippines and abroad through the following account numbers of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. in UnionBank:


Account Name: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
Account Type: Current
Account Number: 0027-8000-3279


Account Name: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
Account Type: Savings
Account Number: 1327-8000-0852
Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Paypal Account:

In the interest of transparency, after making a deposit, kindly send a message containing the following information to the Bangon Ormoc Facebook Page and email as well:

1. Name of Donor
2. Amount Donated
3. Date Deposited
4. How you would like your donation to be used: Relief Goods OR Rehabilitation of Schools
5. For which area the donation is intended: Ormoc City or Cebu. If you wish to donate for other parts of Leyte, please indicate Leyte.

On the ground, RAFI will also work with us to see to it that relief goods are distributed to all in need.

All cash donations for Ormoc may be tracked through the #BangonOrmoc Facebook Page. All cash donations for Cebu may be tracked through RAFI.

We are truly grateful for all your donations thus far. The cause continues.

#mabuhikasugbuanon #bangoncebunorth #lovecebu

For more updates on relief operations and details on how to donate for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda victims in Ormoc, visit on Facebook: BangonOrmoc and/or Christina Garcia Frasco.
Photo and video credit: Christina Garcia Frasco.


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