Storm survivors to celebrate with prayers

CELEBRATE LIFE. Residents of Davao Oriental are eager to celebrate Christmas with or without food on their tables. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Without a roof over their heads and with most of their belongings gone, residents of Cateel and Baganga in Davao Oriental have nothing else to offer except prayers for Christmas Eve. Thankful that they are still alive, residents like 53-year-old Edwina Masidog said they have all the reason to celebrate life this Christmas. “It is possible that we will have no food on our tables for Noche Buena. Rations are going low. But this is nothing. We are even planning to have parlor games for the children. We can overcome this disaster,” she said. Optimistic in the midst of loss caused by Typhoon Pablo, other residents like 18-year-old Jason Gonzales who survived as well, is hopeful they can rebuild the village chapel which, he said, would be the best way for them to “remember the birth of Christ.” Describing Pablo as just a passing experience, Gonzales said that even without the usual Noche Buena fare, they would still celebrate Christmas.

Read the full story on Rappler