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'Buhi kami tanan': Yolanda survivors send messages to loved ones

November 10, 2013 7:48pm



(Updated 9:43 p.m.) Through messages scrawled on cardboard and torn-up paper plates, some written in crayon, and given to GMA's Jiggy Manicad, people in Leyte cut off from the rest of the Philippines by Super Typhoon Yolanda hope to let their loved ones know that they are safe.

With power out and mobile services still down in many areas, survivors have reverted back to the hand-written note to express what to some may be the most important messages of their lives.

Not all bring good news: "Kuya, patay na si daddy at mommy. Pakisabi sa lahat," was one heart-breaking note in neat block letters.

A few just had one word, alive, followed by their names.





We retained the cellphone numbers of the message senders, while redacting those of their intended recipients.

1. From: Rudy & Meldy Diamante
Palo, Leyte

To: Aimee Diamante Regala
Baltimore, Maryland

To: Aidlem Rudolph Diamante
Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Our house and car were destroyed but WE ARE SAFE

2. Jemima de Veyra
We're safe – Tatay & Nanay okay. - Nino

3. Golo family of Matalom

We're OK here at Sta. Cruz & Caibaan.

Popong

4. To: Edna Montilla Reeves of Missouri, USA
Okey kaming lahat, wag kayo mag-alala!

From: Kristine Faith Batula Daga of Brgy San Fernando Palo

5. To: Erwin Gomez
Uncle, Okay kami ngadi waray balay. We need help!
Carrie Velasco

To: Mabel Sarabia
Auntie, we need help! Please! We are okay but the house is destroyed
Velasco Family & Gomez Family

6. To: family of Adelina Sermona diyan sa Manila...ok lang kami sa Leyte
To: family of Richie Perote diyan sa Manila ok lang kami dito sa Leyte

Neil John Binondo
Safe kami D2

7. To: Joy Mae Ann Mendoza
Ok la kami ay la kabaraka. it problema la namon hi tamo amo it. Missing

From: Ebeth Mendaza

8. To Keith Kleeman - Ohio, Cincinnati

Hi Keith

This is Stephanie, our house was destroyed by the typhoon
baby almost drowned byt thank God she is safe and we are all safe.

We need help from you. We don't have shelter we are in evacuation center this time.

Thanks & God Bless

Stephanie & Bert
Palo, Leyte

9. Amor Sabado - Manila
Ludy Sevilla - Manila
Irene Martillo - H.K.
Janice Cruiz - H.K.

"Ligtas kami lahat dito, wag kayo mag-alala, kelangan lang namin tubig at pagkain."

10. Sa lahat ng taga Sta. Fe ok lang po ang mga taga 20WE 3. Wala po na disgrasya

From: Marcus Jullius Pusa

11. From: Kuya Jet Cañanes

To: Erwin Pacheco

Don't worry we're safe and ok.

Jobelle and AJ is ok.

12. To: Elma Newsom/Anthony Daga

Okey kami lahat ng mga bata, buhay kami.

From: Kristine Faith Daga

13. To Everose Maraya & Dyan Hermosilla

Message

Okey la kami ngadi pero usa ha amon an nagsarifisyo.  waray na be kua Junior na aro kami hin buhig ha enyo. Kay waray na namon yana balay na gin uukyan. naasa kami nga bubuligan neo kami...

From Enriqueta Maraya

14. Letty (Tacloban)
0943 5711386 (sun)

0936047354 (smart)

Jelyn
0928 7811342 (manila)

Vita (Tacloban)
0923 943 0294 (sun)

Ever
0920 547 2851 (manila)

15. Panawagan kay Arnel M. Ibo of Doha, Qatar from Shrima Fumar Ibo of Palo, Leyte okey kaming lahat dito kaya lang walang naisalbang gamit pati na yong bahay. Huwag kang mag-alala okey lang kami dito!

16. Rosel Cailipan
Safe kami ni Lola, Tito Rodney, Tito Roy, at Tita Venus. Kumpleto pa. Paki sabi na ren kay tita Noemi.

17. Harold Gandy
Southwestern University
We are all ok here in Palo... From your dad Ian Gandy... Pls... Com home
09265606258- harold

18. Arthuro Mina
Sta. Maria Bulacan
We are all ok. from Ivy Mina in Palo.
09474554321- Arthuro Mina

19. Marielle Ricote
Malate, Manila
Ok la kame! Ronald Solayo
Ine, hinay nala ikaw. Ayaw kabaraka haam.
09179561553

20. Allan Almadro
Patay si Uncle Virgillo at Auntie Guada sa tidal wave, sara ang bahay. Ipapa mass burial sila.
From: Kristine
to: 09173282551

21. Rebecca Armerola
Ok lang kami dito pero patay si Uncle Virgilio at Auntie Guada.
+96650931825
09281405278

22. Helen Petilla,
Uncle Ely is safe and your Say family.
Contact # 09162394815

23. University of the Philippines
Antique student all survive
Leonard Bacla-an Jr.
Ok lang ko - 09066360185

24. Naimah Cale Negad- I'm Alive! =D
09106007930 (pls text my mom)

Benigno C. Abcede- alive 09998815241

25. 09308771905 -Alive
- James Peligroso Jr.

26. 09093167293
09489276574
- all Surigao Scholar Survive!
09166211545- Christian Joy Talon survive
09106484890- Krislyn Pamirez

27. Kuya Ali Turla
Kuya Allan Almadro

Kuya,

Patay na si Mommy at Daddy. Pakisabi sa lahat. Walang signal dito at kuryente.
- Aaron Almadro

28. Jun Militante
Bewe Militante
Ligtas naman!

09328557508
091777034661

29. Panawagan kuya Richard, Ronald, Mary Anne, Edward, Irene Reandino:
Buhay kami lahat, wlaang bahay.
-Nanay Lea Palo

30. To: Jethrog Velasco

Kuya, waray kami signal pero okay la kami ngadi. We need help!!!
-Carrie Velasco

To: Adlia Velasco
Uncle, waray nam signal didi. Waray na it balay, waray na atoy. We need help!
-Carrie Velasco

31. Janice Cruz- 09182711072
Ok kami, ligtas kami dito wag ka mag-alalala.

-Janice Cruz
-Irene Martillo

32. (09991527954)
Gliaza Juanillo
Bultan pa ako.
-Jona Juanillo

33. To: Nanay Demi, Josph, Stepen & Ralph Polistico

Okay rako diri. Daghan kaayo patay. Parents ni Aaron patay na. Wala pako balita sa ato. Mouli ko dayun kung ok na ang kalsada.
-Daisy Polistico

34. Nanawagan po ako sa mga kapatid ko diyan sa Manila Ate Omona nama saan inyo dyan importanti nang Cecilia po ng Palo

35. Nora Soreta
09185970856

Twinkle Baduya
09277519183

Oki lang still alive pera walang bahay Tito Rudy Ta Ofel

36. Ronna Cepeda

Safe kami dito

To: Ronna Cepeda

Don't worry safe ang parents mo at relatives dito. 09062000787

37. To: Beverly Barbosa
    Maquilan/Maquiran

Ok lang kami dito huwag kayo pero si Nanay missing, pero ang tatay mo malaki ang sugat niya

from: Ebeth Mendaza

38. Pinapanawagan po namin ang mga kamag-anak namin sa Pasig City na sina R.A. Andy , Gigi, Steve Sison, Ronnel na okay kaming lahat dito sa Leyte, Along atsaka Paloi nanawagan. Delin, Dada & Donald

39. Reboy ayaw kaba raka Tim Family, imu Nanay ngan Tatay missing 3 la an nasalin ha eyu.

40. I would like to inform my son Engineer Hermogenes Regis III na huwag mabahala sa amin iyong tatay, nanay at ate ay sa awa ng Diyos buhay at ligtas sa kahamakan

Tatay Hermogenes Regis I (Palo)

41. To: Arlene Beuna

Ok la kami dito safe pero wala nang bahay kay nanay na lang.

Email odin.olaya@gmail.com

Ok sila te Sherry and kids

from: Sherry

42. Nanawagan kami sa mga family namin sa Caibiran, Biliran

Gregorio T Canete Family

Dohinog Family

Ok lang kami sa Palo

43. From: Pajares Family

Everyone ok. No houses

To: Amancio Pajares, Lea Pajares, Rayjie Javar, Roselle Tapion, Jr. Abejo

44. Arthur Seares, Robert Seares

I am ok.

Popong

45. Vicente L. Gador IV
Davio M. Nueva

Glory be to God!
We are alive & safe.
1. Milia Rosa Nueva
2. Jerry Seran & family

46. From: Jocelyn V. Jorpan
Ok lang kami dito nila nanay. Problema sira yong bahay natin. Kung pwede kayo makauwi

To: Atty. Jemelo Villones
    Atty. Rolando Villones

47. Tita Jessica ayaw kabaraka buti kami pero and balay waray na kailang namon pag kaon pati mag Bodo Salamat

48. To: Tylin Dalumpines

ok la kami nira
Mano Milan buhi kami tanan

From Grace Niotril
To: Lita Comique
Ok kami buhi

49.
Amancio Pajares - Dubai
Rayjie Javar - Qatar
Lea Pajares - Manila
Roslle Taipon - Chicago USA
J.R. Abejo - Manila

50.
Abellar Family
Palo, Leyte
OK
For Mart Abellar

51.
To: Pam and Mike Bidlock - Edmonton Canada
Darwin Mataro - Paraguay
Ma. Carolina and Edsel manuba - Drumheller Canada
Rainier Gaspang
Cristine Caballera - Calgary Canada
Rene Bocateja - India

Informing you that our entire family is in Tacl.
No need to worry about us. With God's grace
We are safe and sound here in Palo.

From:
Gaspang Family
Mataro Family
Sy Family
Caballera Family
Maceda Family
Militante Family
Bocateja Family

52.
To: Angelo Villamejor
Okay kami
anak safe
kami ni A.J.

Love, Amy F. Villamejor

53.
To: Carolyn Garcia Gatela
Australia

Leonides L. Gatela
Anselmo L. Gatela
Lily Gatela
Metro Manila

Sony Renomeron
Saudi Arabia

This is to let you know that we luckily survived Typhoon Yolanda.
Our house in Palo Villas was totally damaged.
We need your help. We thank God he saved us.

List of Survivors (Palo, Leyte)
Lilibeth G. Miralles
Edgar M. Miralles
Aileen Pearle M. Renomeron
Dwayne Kerby M. Renomeron
Azineth Beth M. Yu
Shirley Nicole M. Yu
Shaina Rhian M. Yu
Abbey Christer G. Miralles

54.
To: Genelyn Natividad Delgado
We're okey here!
From Natividad's Family

55.
To: Ramil Rueda
Ress Amacna
We're all okey.
Manhuyod Family

56.
TO: NOEL E. BATIANCELA at PROJ 7 PANA ST. QC,
Okay lang kami dito. Pero problema ang pagkain namin at tinutuluyan

FROM Noel, Claire, Lita Batiancela

57.
To: ENIE MUEVA GONZALES,
Don't worry we're all safe, except the wrecked house. Ging-Ging and Son was found dead. Please inform Mana, mano, Ed and Madayday.

FROM: MARILY MUEVA

58.
TO: ANICIA QUIMINALES, Washington DC, Maryland

Hindi ko alam kung nasaan si Syuti. Please help.

FROM: RACHE COBACHA QUININALES, PALO, LEYTE

59.
Nananawagan kami kay Nora Fabi, Corazon Fabi, and Wendyliza Fabi na nasa AbuDhabi

Sina Marcos Fabi, Leds Fabi, Wenly Fabi, jairus Fabi, Genis Fabi, Rubelyn Fabi, Sandra Fabi, Jay, Ram, at Ramil, Francis Mendiola ay nakaligtas sa Bagyong Yolanda dito sa Leyte. Ikunalulungkot namin ipaalam kay Mana Corazon Fabi na sina Vito 'Butsoy' Mendiola ay patay na, si BJ Mendiola ay missing pa hanggang ngayon, Marcelo Mendiola ay patay na rin. Salamat po.

60.
To: Kevin Culango and Rosalina Robliyado

Kuya and Anti okay na kami dito sa atin paki-inform na rin si Ate Eva na okay na sila ka Sarah pati sila Kuya Botsay at maari din mag-dala ka ng emergency lite. Wala pa ilaw ilaw dito sa amin. Ligtas na kami dai walang natira sa amin mas okay sa dulag, wag kayong mag-alala.

Ate Jane Estrellia / 0929799327

61.
Chavarra and Apolo family ok. Mame, Kuya Ian, Rai pa kmi kta.

62.
TO: TIBONG, JERICHO

Huwag po kayong mag-alala oki naman kami. Kailangan namin ang tulong ninyo. Pambili ng pagkain at tubig. Wala na tayong bahay, nawasak, wala na tayong matirahan pati mga (lahat) ng gamit nasira.

FROM: PAPA. GELACIO VINARTA (Maming salamat sa tulong ng GMA)

63.
SIS BERN JUAREZ, SISTERS OF MOUNT CARMEL

Tiya we're all fine. We only need food, clothing, and medicine assistance. Tnx

64.
TO: MARILYN JUAREZ, CONNIE BALBERIA, ERLINDA B. TABLADA

Dont worry we're all fine. Just need little food, clothing, water and medical assistance.

FROM: JON JUAREZ

65.
Gerundo E. Moreto Jr (Dubai, Saudi Arabia), Merjie Margallo (Dubai), Dino Moreto (Makati City)

Brad, okay lang mga buhi lahat kami buhay huwag ka ng mag-abala. Gamit at bahay lang ang nawala.

66.
TO: ANNA ABELLA, ANITA ABELLA, AMY ABELLA

Mama Ana [unreadable] kami ngayon. Ma, wag kang mabibigla, patay na si Tinay

67.
DIVINA ALABA, MELCHOR ALABA, JULIETO ABAY ABAY, MELLIZA ALABA Capinonan Cabanglang Bukidnon

Mama, Papa, Ok lang kami dito sa Palo Leyte. Si Boyet pinuntahan pa namin sa tanauan sira ang bahay. Sira ang bahay dito.

68.
Panawagan kay JOHN PAUL JUNTILLA sa NORWAY (Brother) at kay ANNABELLE KELLY (Mother) sa NEW ZEALAND.

Okay lang ako, Jo-Ann Juntilla pero wala akong contact kay JABAR JUNTILLA hanggang ngayon.

FROM: Jo-Ann Juntilla

69.
To Lilia Acedillo and Kristine Cubillo

Ok lang po ang lahat ng miyembro ng Oronos at Cubillo Militante dito sa Tacloban at Palo.

To Carlo Advinclula
Ok lang si Analyn pero hindi ko alam and kalagayan ng mga kapatid at tatay niya.

From: Analyn Advincula

09193229892

70.
Ferdinand Pelayo
Mercedez Pizarro
Armenia Ladrera
Dominic Mendoza
Andrea Tan Chio

Wag kayong magalala. Ok lang kaming lahat dito.

71.
Buhay kami tanan!

Palacio family

72.
To Manuel Babia

Ok lang kami dito ay lang kabalaka mga bata ok.

From Maricel Velasco

73.
To the family of Amy Bongat diyan sa Bicol

Ok lang kami dito sa Leyte

74.
To the family of Papoope Gregorio Lantajo

Ok lang kami dito sa Leyte. Kuya Inot please punta ka muna dito sa Leyte.

75.
From Jocelyn Valenzona and family

Nananawagan kami sa mga kamag-anak namin doon sa Bicutan kila Ate Virgi. Wala na kaming bahay. Kailangan namin ng konting tulong financial/food.

To Virgina Ocampo, Bicutan

76.
To Morilag family, Abra

From Jeaneth Varilog

Ok lang kami dito ng pamilya ko sa awa ng diyos buhay pa kami.

77.
To Villagonza gamily (Lanao, Pilar Cebu)
From Roel Villagonza

Ok lang kami dito wala namang nawala sa amin maliban sa aming bahay at gamit namin. Sa awa ng diyos nakaligtas kami.

78.
To Emelia Cuartel (Kuwait)

Ma nawala po si Arwel at ang kapatid ko at tatlong pinsan ko. Ma kailangan ko yung tulong mo. Walang pagkain, damit.

From Ritchel Almenar
09102121358

79.
To Mercedes Pizarro
Millie Ann Tan-Bordones
Andrea Tan-Chio
Jacob Tan
Dennis Castillo
Eduarno Mino
Lourdes Esmerio

From Marian Mendoza Pelayo of Palo, Leyte

Safe po kami awa ng Dyos. Wag po kayong magalala.

To Ferdinand Pelayo

From Marian Pelayo

Pa ok lang kami dito kahit nasira ang bahay natin. Wag kang magalala.

80.
To Bernie Badillo
Katrina Kay Rosillo
Love Joy Ymas

Ok lang kami. Ok kami lahat dito sa atin. Mag-ingat lang kayo dyan. Hintayin lang ninyo na magkaroon ng signal para sa mobile communication.

From: Jojo Badillo
Justin Rosillo
Badillo family

81.
Nenita Villiones (Jubail, Saudi)

Ma Mariel ini ok lang kami dito. Pero di ko alam sila Mildred. 09093924089

82.
Anita Macalinga

Ma ok lang kami dito. Completo kami lahat.

83.
Dario Pacheco
09287815762

Ok lang kami lahat dito sa Palo.

Brian Pacheco and family

84.
To Danica Julie bague
From De Veyra family

Please contact Uncle Jonas and Auntie Eden and Ara thru FB that we're ok. No need to worry. No casualty.

danica_julido722@yahoo.com

85.
To Emy Gallano Canayo (Valle Verde, Pasig)

Ok kami lahat ma. Wag kang magalala. Nahanap din namin si Chuchy laki. Naka servive din lahat ng pamilya natin.

Tyron

Emy 09307745629

We're safe.
Fr:
Alfon Family
Marilla Family
Malinao Family

86.
Don't worry, we're OK
Fr:
Ballaran Family

87.
Sophie:
Ayaw kabaraka ha, ok kami tanan
Fr: Baluran/Noveda Family

88.
We're safe po ate.Don't worry about me now, I'm in a good place
Fr: Bernadette Ayoc

89.
To: Genelyn Natividad Delgado

We are all safe.

From: Natividad Family of Palo, Leyte

90.
To: Ramil Rueda, Ress Amacna, Judith Rueda

We're safe here.

Manhuyod Amacna

91.
To: Aunti Lorna, Uncle Erwin

OK lang kami dito, pero lima pa ang nawawala:

Guillermo Fiel, missing
Arwel Alminar, missing
Ivy Joy Fiel, missing
Jackielou Velasco, missing
Tano, missing

From: Ruzel

92.
To: Carlito Agner USA, N. Carolina

Litoy, okay kami lahat dito

Agner Fammily

93.
To: Jeffrey dela cruz
OK kami ng mga anak mo, si Tin2 at Jet
Fr: Anabel Dela Cruz

94.
To: Ariel Kaw
Kung pwede makauwi kayo kasi missing si Papa Lucio at si Kuya Alan.
Salamat
Fr: Anabel Dela Cruz

95.
To: Ma. Estela Enumerable
Okay kami lahat dito
Madera family

96.
Safe kami ngadi tanan. Adi kami maternity kanda Uncle Totoy. Waray contact kay guba tanan na cell site.

Jennifer Yazar
Yarline Yazar
Angelica Yazar
Anna Evangeline Abrigo
Lutenant Hosiah Mateo

00155922278
09228464423

97.
TO: Gianne Carlo Say
Gabong St. Pinagkaisahan Makati City.

All Say Family are all safe.. Pero kay Lola Ely kami nakatira..

98.
Judith S. Zabala:

11 members in the family did no survive. Only few.
(09085389674)

99.
Douglas Monta's Family are all safe and Kempi Perez too.
(Qatar al Dawha)

100.
To: Gemma Advincula (Dallas Texas)
Yu family in Palo all safe.

101.
Mercy Alcala,
Inform ko lang na lahat kami okey na.
Fr: Tita & Rudy Bocateja

102.
Arthur Seares,
Please inform Robert Seares na ok lang ako. Down signal dito.
popong

— BM/HS, GMA News

Photos by Mac Macapendeg and Patricia Denise Chiu
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