Nakadungaw sa Lindol ng Christchurch

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 [ NOte : A short post to just express our thoughts and solidarity with the fallen. ]

A MOST AWKWARD aspect of a natural disaster as it affects a community is being on the proverbial outside looking in. You possess a peculiar bond with the victims and heroes, you have a personal knowledge of the emotions, loss and disorientation associated with the general tragedy, and in a way you know the stages that the drama will go through: the widespread despair the befalls the widest spectrum of humanity, the miracle of hearing voices under the rubble, the general outpouring of assets, energies and resources towards pulling up the fallen, and the return to normalcy, making the bereaved community more united and stronger than ever.

Most of us know that it was a nightmare of sorts revisited last Tuesday, when the Sept. 2010 earthquake returned with a vengeance. If the previous tragedy spared lives, this one snuffed out at least 78 lives as of last count, with the number expected to rise. Where the damage last time was manageable, this time the total reconstruction cost has been estimated to be at least NZ$12 billion. Hundreds of the injured will bear physical and emotional scars that will last beyond the natural process of healing.

Without holding in judgment any similar disaster that has befallen other countries in the earthquake belt, the singular impression left on this Pinoy has been the value and preciousness assigned to each human life caught in the spectre of the killer earthquake. Townmates battered, bruised and bloodied carrying makeshift stretchers, bystanders going out of their way to rescue those stranded on beams girders and pulverized staircases, the whole community of New Zealanders voluntarily observing a no-fly zone in order to not disrupt sensitive rescue efforts, particularly in detecting voices feebly crying out under the rubble.

There are more than 100 persons who have yet to be accounted for directly or indirectly as a result of the Christchurch event, some may just be out of town, but authorities are implying that it is better to err on the side of caution.

We end this short post on a note of sobering concern, the fear that some of our compatriots may be among those missing, in one of the buildings struck down by the quake. Our prayers and concern are with these kabayan at this difficult time.

God bless New Zealand, and God bless the Philippines !


8 thoughts on “Nakadungaw sa Lindol ng Christchurch

  1. hi, noel. as of this time, there are 9 confirmed filipino nurses under the rubbles of the CTV building. consul now in CC to meet with families and friends of the victims. they need our prayers.

  2. thanks chichi. Times like these make me realize what’s truly important whatever your station in life. God bless you and your organization’s efforts to unite the Pinoy community in this trying time.

  3. Hi Noel,

    I’m just glad you and your wife are safe. I pray for everyone there, but then I don’t really know them, so for them I offer a blanket prayer for their safety. But because I have come to know you – sort of – through your blogs, I feel that my prayers for you are more heartfelt.

    Be safe.

    • Thanks Gail 🙂 I feel in your short comment your sincere sympathies and genuine concern, to tell you the truth, I’m also at a loss on how to extend my own concern. Maybe we should all just pray for our compatriots there in Christchurch and hope for the best, for now, and wait for good news. Salamat uli.

  4. by the way, inspired by your (you and a close cousin) dedication to documenting your thoughts and experiences through blogging, i have started my own personal blog. I’d like to extend an invitation to visit, whenever you are able 🙂

    Apologies in advance for the dearth in order, logic, or humor you may stumble upon.

    • Any time I can pay forward the magic of putting your thoughts into electronic paper through blogging, I am gratified and it makes my day! For sure I will visit your site, can we link each other ? Good luck, kudos and happy blogging my friend !

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