The fragile world and sturdy hearts

Today marks the 2nd week since the killer quake hit our dear province of Bohol. Many lost their homes and properties, others their lives. It came to all of us a shock, I think no earthquake will come knocking the door first. It always comes sudden, unexpected and horrifying. Though our country is situated right above the Pacific Ring of Fire, it still came as a surprise.

The blind fault that ruptured

The blind fault that ruptured

A lot of lessons were learned that day. We were reminded of the fragile world and the reality that comes with us living on earthquake prone areas. Our local seismologists said it was a blind fault, and they moved on a reverse thrust. It was only a matter of time before one realizes that our country’s scientists with the world being advanced in technology has not explored much of the Philippines‘ seafloor, faults, and trenches. It is a scary thought as the rest of us are seeking for answers to one ultimate question. Is it still safe to live there?

We know less of the world.

We know less of the world.

Many believed that what happened was purposely scheduled. Many felt that The Almighty spared many lives that day as it happened on a Holiday where all kids and most workers were at home with their families. It happened at 8:12AM local time where many are already awake preparing breakfast or were eating. With the devastation, it was a miracle that most of us were still intact. Yes, we were and are still sad by the lost of lives, but with that magnitude and unpreparedness many were indeed blessed and lucky.

Rubble. What's left of the edifice.

Rubble. What’s left of the edifice.

The aftermath of the quake was not instantaneously felt until after a few days when we were shaken with more tremors called aftershocks. The market and stores were closed. No access to supplies and medicines, most of our neighbors were nearly out of food. It was then that help came from all corners of the world. Bohol’s big sister Cebu came and crossed the uncertain sea and even uncertain situation just to deliver relief and supplies. More than 30,000 houses destroyed and many families lived in the evacuation areas in a make-shift tents. Those who stayed camped outside their houses exposed to extremely hot weather during the day and shivers in the cold at night. The kids were directly affected, and were getting sick. Difficult moment for the rest of us.

Despite the aftershocks, we still managed to smile.

Despite the aftershocks, we still managed to smile.

We distributed relief goods for our neighbors.

We distributed relief goods for our neighbors.

As I am writing this, medical missions and relief campaigns are still going on in Bohol. We cannot thank enough the people who gave their money, time, effort, courage, and love so others can live yet another day.

Our hearts were shaken that day so we will tighten our grips for The Almighty. The people are standing firm on a shaky ground. We shall renounce our faith and focus on what is important. After everything that we have been trying to acquire, we would leave this earth empty-handed. It would be up to us if we would also leave with empty hearts.

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