An earthquake recently hit the Visayas region of the Philippines. The epicenter being in Bohol. I am from Cebu and I felt the shaking and moving of the ground. We were at Magnitude 7 as per the media. As it happened, me and my partner was on our way back to our house when I noticed the houses were slightly moving, then in a split second, the ground moved and the electricity post started to sway. My initial reaction was to find a spot where we can’t be reached by falling debris or worst an electric post made of concrete ( this is the best time to practice what was taught during emergency awareness lecture ). Our neighbors started to get out of their houses, most of them carrying their children. Panic was in our faces. Right after the earthquake, power was out leaving us clueless on the extent of damage of what just happened. It was torture not knowing what’s happening with those affected by the calamity and not knowing what to expect. As of this writing, we are still experiencing aftershocks, some of it are strong reaching to magnitude 4-5. We are still praying and is asking for all of you to do the same. That there will be no more lives lost, no more infrastructure that will be damaged and no more historical landmarks be destroyed.
Here are some of the church in Bohol and Cebu that were damaged.
It’s devastating to see these images of our church. We are deeply saddened by what happened. Images above are part of Bohol and Cebu’s rich history.
A message has circulated the social media saying ” God was so busy protecting our homes that he forgot his own”. Indeed true, there were close to zero reports ( as far as I know) that houses were damaged. With this, we are still thankful that many are safe.