With Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) being the most powerful one in recorded history, some celebrities and their loved ones weren’t spared in the wake of destruction.
Ormoc Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez’s parents were not spared by the storm according to her husband Richard Gomez via a report on abs-cbnNEWS.com posted on Monday. The Walang Hanggan star shared that his in-laws’ home in Ormoc was destroyed when Yolanda hit the central Philippines, particularly Tacloban.
"They are not staying there now. They transferred to my sister's house. 'Yun ang situation ng karamihan ng family ngayon ...Kung saang parte ng bahay na pwede pang masilungan doon muna," he shared.
The actor continued that being a coastal area, Leyte was battered also by the gigantic waves of the sea. "That's why we are consolidating and really [asking for help]. Kasi karamihan ng tulong ay sa Tacloban, which is understandable because doon talaga ang pinakamalaking pinsala," he explained.
After the 7.2 magnitude quake that hit Cebu and Bohol weeks ago which caused her to worry about her grandmother, actress Kim Chiu understandably distressed by the news and images of the destruction.
"May pinsan din ako doon, 'yung ate niya nandito siya sa Maynila, tinatanong niya ako kung may ABS-CBN ba na pupunta sa Tacloban kasi gusto niya ding sumama. Kasi 'yung daddy niya at kapatid niya ay nandoon, 'yung cousin ko. So hanggang ngayon wala pang contact two days na, so yon," Kim shared during a live appearance on Kris TV on Monday.
Kim shared on the show that she was actually born in Tacloban and stayed there until the fifth grade. As of this writing, no update has been given whether Kim was able to locate her relatives.
After two days of worrying about her grandmother and uncle who are both based in Tacloban, Shaina Magdayao can now breathe easy as they were finally able to reach them.
“GOD is great. Lola, uncle, and nephew are SAFE and are now dad and kuya in Cebu. NagpapaSALAMAT po kami for the prayers, texts, calls, help, esp to Ms. Rachel Gallardo of Cebu Helicopter Adventure for bringing lola and my family back to Cebu safely,” she posted as a caption to a typography she posted on her Instagram account which read “Jesus, calm my storm.”
While she’s ecstatic over her kin’s safety, Shaina continued that she still finds it so hard to be in a full-on celebratory mood. “Ang hirap mag-celebrate knowing that madami pa tayong mga kababayan na nawawala at naghihirap ngayon. Gabi na naman, madilim at malamig. May mga kaibigan din po kami naiwan pa doon. Pati ung isa ko pang uncle Lord kayo na po bahala sa kanila. Please protect them. pati po ang Bogo walang-wala din. Patuloy pong ipagdadasal ng aming Pamilya ang ating mga kababayan,” she said.