Early morning of October 15, 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes the province where my parents grew up. The first thing that enters in our mind is to know the situation of relatives there. My talked to my father and asked him if he could make a call to his mother and sister in Bohol to know how are they. My grandmother is too old and thinking of the earthquake’s magnitude makes us so worried. Though I read from the status of my cousin that they are fine, still we want to talk to them and ask them over the phone.
We are relieved after hearing from my aunt (my father’s younger sister) that they are fine. There is no serious damage. Thanks to God that they are okay and their house is still standing. They do not have electricity at that time though. We are glad that they are fine; however, our heart is aching seeing other properties that are crushed down including the old churches. It is a devastating incident I must say. The dead and missing people are increasing each day. I do hope that the people in the affected area will never lose hope and faith in God. Though we are shaken by this tragedy, always remember that God won’t abandon us. HE is there watching us and will carry us to overcome the hardships in life.