Karla Estrada shares how she was reunited with her mom after the latter survived typhoon Yolanda.
Karla Estrada was all smiles and relieved now that she has been reunited with her mom in Manila after the latter survived Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban. The actress held a thanksgiving mass at her residence last November 20, 2013, Wednesday. “Ang
thanksgiving mass ay para sa
safe return ng nanay ko na lahat sila, na sa dinamidami ng sinalanta, ng namatay, na napakaliit ng
Tacloban ay na
family ko kaya talagang
thank you very much sa Panginoon,
” she said in an interview with the media at her home.
Though she was emotional, Karla kept her cool when she reunited with her mom to not stress the latter more. “Sinemplihan ko lang [nong nagkita na kami] kasi ayokong mag-overreact kasi ‘yung nanay ko may tendency maging ‘best actress’ yan so sinemplehan ko lang ang datingan, ‘Oh ang galing mo ma.’ Dinadaan ko sa ano [sa biro], para maging maluwag lang sa kanya ang pagkukuwento.”
Karla relayed that her mother is traumatized by her experience with Yolanda. “Pagdating niya dito last night, nakaidlip siya pero nakagising siya kasi naririnig niya ‘yung huni ng hangin so trauma bilang sa edad niya ngayon lang niya narasan ang ganon. ‘Yung middle-aged naman talaga ng medyo nakaka-cope up tayo don sa trauma, ang talagang medyo matatanda na at mas bata yan medyo hirap sila sa traumang pinagdadaanan nila.”
She has scheduled her mom for an appointment with some medical personnel to promote recovery. “Supposedly kanina meron kaming appointment sa doctors, hindi pa niya kaya bumiyahe ulit so nagpa-schedule kami Friday kasi ‘yung debriefing pala hindi pa agad-agad eh. ‘Yung ilang tao na galing sa isang traumatic experience kailangan busugin mo muna, parang nagugutom, kasi tuliro pa sila at hindi ka pa nila maririnig o maintindihan. Siguro si mama mga after two weeks pa kasi ngayon pag tinanong mo siya umiiyak siya eh, very emotional,” she shared.
Though Karla is glad to be reunited with her mom, half of her heart is in pain knowing that her other relatives unfortunately were not spared from the catastrophe. “Meron kaming mga tiyuhin na namatay, meron kaming mga pinsan na banda don sa pier ng Tacloban, namatay… Buhay sa amin ito ‘yung immediate family, mama ko, brother ko at ‘yung walong anak. Pero ‘yung mga pinsan na meron kami sa Tacloban na sa thirty, lahat wala kaming contact sa kanila. Hindi pa namin sila nalo-locate pero meron ng nakarating sa amin na namatay, so ‘yun ang hirap kasi hindi 100% na masaya.”
Karla’s brother and his kids were left back at Tacloban to look after their home which was spared from the typhoon. “Nandon pa ‘yung brother ko kasi hindi namin maiwanan ang bahay namin don kasi pati bahay namin na spare eh which hindi nagiba. ‘Yung garahe nasira, ‘yung sasakyan nawasak. Okay ‘yung brother ko, nandon pa sila. Okay naman sila kasi ang hirap ng bitbitin dito kasi mamaya hindi wasak ang bahay, pag-uwi don wasak na ang bahay pag-hindi tinauhan.”
The actress also celebrated her birthday last Wednesday. She was surprised with a party by her close friends. “Sa tagal ng panahon I don’t even remember when was the last time na I was surprised for my birthday with a party, di ko na maalala. For me this is the first time na sinurpise ako kasi laging ako, so don sa mga nag-abala eh salamat,” she said.