In an average year, 20 or more typhoons enter the Philippines. Half of those make landfall. Jane, who is sponsored through Unbound in the Philippines, shares her experiences from category 4 typhoon Rammasun, known locally as Glenda, which hit the Philippines earlier this year. The 17-year-old attends school in the Bicol region of the Philippines, and stays in a boarding house because of the school’s distance from her home.
It was July 15, 2014, when terrible typhoon Glenda hit our place in Bicol Region. The day before the typhoon made landfall, Albay Governor Joey Salceda suspended classes for all levels at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.
I used the remaining hours of the day to prepare my things to go home to my family. But the next morning I wasn’t able to go home because the public transportation to my hometown was canceled due to heavy rains. I decided to go back to the boarding house and stay there with my roommate.
At 1 p.m. the power had already gone out and the rains were continuously pouring. By 5 p.m. there were already strong wind gusts which made me and my roommate run into the bathroom for safety. We stayed there for a couple of hours. We were afraid the Talisay tree out front might fall and damage the roof.
At 7:56 p.m., with just a piece of candle to provide light, we managed to come out and eat our dinner. As we were getting ready to sleep, the strong winds and heavy rain returned. We ran to the bathroom again, not even noticing that I brought my blanket! We prayed there, wishing that the winds and rains would be gone.
Around 10 p.m. we decided to venture out again and went to our bedroom. It made the two of us smile when we noticed that the wind and rain didn’t seem as strong anymore.
At 5:42 the next morning, a knock on the door woke us. It was people from our neighborhood, asking if we were fine. We nodded and thanked them for their concern.
I was shocked when I saw the big Talisay tree out front had fallen down. Its big branches were on our roof and had made a hole over the other room, letting in rains from the night’s devastation.
Our neighbors offered to help us remove the branches from the roof. We thanked them again, and I silently prayed, “Thank you Lord for this, another day of my life.”
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