Now I do feel a need to post some pictures of the terrible floods that still are ravaging Manila, with estimates as high as 90 percent of the Greater Metro Manila area flooded, population near 20 million people. Much of the city is waist deep or more in water. A local book blogger posted on Facebook that her entire first floor is flooded and she lost over 1000 books, the accumulation of a life time. I made some collages from pictures from local media and pictures that have been shared with me. They tell the story of the courage, faith and resiliency of the people of the Philippines.
All these scenes were shot in the streets, not in lakes or rivers. The boy in the last row, third from right is looking in the debris for things he can sell. We can only pray the man and his baby made it to safety.
In the second collage I think you can sense the strength of the people in their resolve, smiles and willingness to risk their lives for each other.
There is lose of life, homes and property but not loss of faith, family bonds, and optimism.
Our family, through sheer luck, lives on one of the highest points in the area, far from any rivers, dams, or lakes. We did not lose power or even internet or cable TV. My wonderful wife Lyn was stuck outside on her way home from a business trip and a journey that should have taken 7 hours took 20, with ten hours of time in which she could not move. We feared she might not get home for the night but my and the girls prayers were answered when she came home with her normal beautiful smile just before dark. Our three daughters have no school for three days.
Our local community, we all know we are blessed by our high location, is donating through St Peters Church on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
I know I have 1000s of readers who live in Philippines. I hope they are all safe and invite any and all to share your experiences with us. If you have photos to share please send them and I will post them.
My thanks to those who emailed me to ask if we are Ok