Our beloved Bohol and her neighboring
provinces had a spate of devastating and heartbreaking acts of Nature that cast
a cloud of gloom all over the province
The first one of course was the killer
tremblor last October 15 that toppled bridges and buildings, leveled off
centuries- old churches and disrupted thousands of lives.
Superstorm Yolanda came breathing down our
necks on November 7 with Leyte &Samar, our neighboring Eastern Visayas provinces suffering the most
and bearing the full force of Mother Nature
Will there be another one final blow to
complete the cycle of threes? God forbid
LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
Without even realizing it, the lives of
many Boholanos have been turned upside- down as a result of these two
I for one who usually wakes up at midday is
already up and about by six or seven in the morning.
Since the wedding and events planning
industry in Bohol is at a standstill after the twin calamities, I now spend
most of my days volunteering in the relief efforts and helping in the
rehabilitation & recovery of my province in my own small way
Posting in my Facebook, Twitter and Youtube
Channel has been quite erratic too for there is power rationing and internet
connections have gone awry too.
Blogging from hereon would be a challenge.
WATER & POWER: MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITIES
Water and power which used to be taken for
granted are now considered by Boholanos as the most precious commodities ever
after our energy sources in Leyte got knocked down.
Reports say that power and water rationing
will stay in place for the next three to six weeks
Of course, the one- two punch from the
quake and the typhoon has dealt us a big blow especially in Bohol's tourism
Some resorts have reported a high number of
cancellations. Resort & hotel owners & staff are assuring tourists and
guests of a memorable & wonderful stay in Bohol
On the other hand, hotels, resorts and even
pension houses in Tagbilaran City are all enjoying full bookings with the
city's elite comfortably ensconced in air-conditioned rooms and suites.
AFTERSHOCK & SINKHOLE: THE BUZZ WORDS OF THE YEAR
Priorities and lifestyles have changed too.
But some good came out too. With no
engrossing teleserye to watch and follow, communication lines have opened again
among family members.
The lowly and humble fan or
"pamaypay" is now the most in- demand fashion accessory as air
conditioners and electric fans have been rendered inutile for days now.
Candlelit dinners are now in vogue too.
Would these translate into an all- time low
in the electricity billing?
Aftershocks and sinkholes are now the two
most talked- about buzzwords among Boholanos
With the whole city and the rest of the
province in virtual darkness with the power rationing, people have started to
stay at home.
Consequently, families have started talking
again and have discovered the wonders & joy of speaking & listening
Finally, trust the humble and religious
Boholanos to hurdle these trials. Life has started to get back to normal even
though at a slower pace. The smiles are back
and the laughter can be heard again
The Bayanihan spirit is thriving and it is
truly heartwarming to see men in the countryside and in remote areas who are
helping us out as we try to repair and rebuild classrooms that have been
damaged by the earthquake
My faith in my fellowmen has been restored
Personally, I am taking things in stride
and am very hopeful that things are going to get better.
With our indomitable faith and resilience,
it is already a foregone conclusion that Bohol will rise again