Cebuanos, Boholanos in Canada pray for hometown
ONTARIO, Canada – Filipinos in Canada continue to pray for kababayans in their hometowns in Cebu and Bohol who were affected by the earthquake that struck last week.
They may be away from their families, but Canada-based Cebuanos and Boholanos are not spared by the fear that gripped kababayans back home after the deadly earthquake that hit the Philippines.
Adonis Aleman was relieved to know that his brother, who lives in Bohol, survived the quake. But he keeps his phone open to comfort and check on his brother whose house collapsed due to the quake.
His brother's family is now camping outside the ruins with only a rice sack to cover them.
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake left hundreds of people dead and injured in Bohol and Cebu.
Authorities said it was the deadliest tremor to hit the region in more than two decades.
Roads and bridges were badly damaged. Iconic and historical churches were also destroyed.
Aftershocks continued to rock the region even days after the quake.
This is also why Cebuana Claire Abando is frustrated. She is unable to attend her mother's funeral due to the quake.
Abando was supposed to leave for Cebu along with her family for the burial. But due to safety reasons, they opted to stay behind.
Abando said her grief is as overwhelming as the victims of the earthquake.
"At this time of calamities, especially what happen to Cebu and Bohol, it's hard. It's not yet sinking in with me. If you're away from home, its hard you feel helpless because you cannot do anything right at the moment," said Abando.
Some of the senior Cebuanos were unaware of the recent disaster in their hometown, only learning about it from friends, given their lack of access to internet and social media.