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Katarina Rodriguez marks one month since Typhoon Odette devastated Siargao

Katarina Rodriguez is still grieving one month after Typhoon Odette wreaked havoc in parts of the Philippines, including Siargao, which she considers her home.

Katarina Rodriguez marks one month since Typhoon Odette devastated Siargao-Leah Bueno
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01/17/2022 03:12 PM
Katarina Rodriguez marks one month since Typhoon Odette devastated Siargao
Photo credits to @katarinarodri on Instagram

Former Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez is still grieving one month after Typhoon Odette wreaked havoc in parts of the Philippines, including Siargao, which she considers her home. 

Over the weekend, the beauty queen turned emotional as she marked the first month since Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) barreled through and caused massive destruction on the famed tourist island. 

"'Life is Paradise sa Isla Siargao.' It hurts different when you lose a place. It hits harder when it hits home," Katarina wrote in her post on Instagram.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Katarina (@katarinarodri)

"It's been exactly one month since Typhoon Odette devastated Siargao. And even if I don't feel completely ready to talk about it, I need to. Ito ang pinakamasakit na naranasan ko," she admitted.

"I have read my neighbors' thoughts as they've expressed the pain they're going through and it's both scary how accurate their words are yet also comforting to know whatever unbelievably sad, angry, confused, hopeful feelings I'm feeling, I'm not alone in this."

Katarina had been shuttling between Manila and Siargao for years when she decided to live on the island in early 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was there where she met her partner, businessman Niño Barbers, and where the couple has been raising their child, Robert Joaquin.

READ: Katarina Rodriguez on living in Siargao island: ‘I have only happiness in my heart’

In her post, Katarina said: "This 2022 would mark my 4 years in Siargao and if you've been following me for some time you'll know how my journey has led me to the island. I used to think that I had too many photos, especially of the last 2 years living there without leaving. However, looking back at my memories I wish I took more.

"These days are how I'll remember Siargao. The piece of paradise that took me in, flaws and all. Where I met and fell in love with Niño. The island that became home to me and my little family," she added. 

She went on to recall her fondest memories on the island, from riding a motorcycle to General Luna with her partner to taking her son to the beach for a morning walk.

"I close my eyes at night and I can picture every corner of the island, every establishment, every smiling face. I can literally feel the sun kissing my skin while I ride angkas to Niño on the motorbike driving down General Luna to pick up my favorite carrot cake from Kaimana after a smooth surf in Guiwan. I can see our dogs running towards us as we pull up to the entrance of Bayud ready for their share of the famous pan de coco we brought back from town. It's almost eerie how if I lay still enough I can feel the peace in my body as I would lay over my surfboard with my eyes closed listening to the sound of the waves and saying thank you to the universe as my whole body is kept warm by the sun rays. The playful laughter of the children next door swimming at sunset, the boys' friendly bickering over at Bayud's bar, my son's happy face during his early morning pasyals [on the] beachfront and my favorite Niño smile as he paddles back from riding that perfect wave," she wrote.

"I play these memories over and over as to not forget them, each memory and each moment having a special place in my mind and in my heart," she added. "Heaven really is a place on earth. Heaven is Siargao."

Katarina, 29, was one of the celebrities who have extended help to survivors in Siargao which was one of the worst hit areas by Typhoon Odette.

READ: Nadine Lustre helps distribute relief goods, install solar panels in Siargao

Odette, the worst tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2021, has killed at least 400 people, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, destroyed homes, flooded villages, and toppled power lines when it barreled across the country in December.