Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón and J.V Dioquino
“An animal’s instinct has the power to achieve greatness – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” – The Phiippine Examiner
In the middle of any adversity, miracle may happen unexpectedly.
As there are no rainbows to apologize for the angry skies. Typhoon Yolanda’s was raging with sustained winds of 315 kilometers per hour – after its first landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The eye of the typhoon pummeled its next target – Tacloban City.
In every catastrophe, survivors live to tell their own peculiar story of survival.
In Tacloban City, a 39 years old father from Oga, Pandan, Catanduanes, who married to a woman from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, luckily survived the wrath of typhoon Yolanda.
Ronnie Alberto and his entire family has its own tales about the wrath of the super typhoon that ravaged their entire village in Barangay 37, Tacloban City.
Barangay 37, is situated at the other side of the port of Tacloban City.
“I had an unforgettable experience before, when Typhoon Rosing battered Catanduanes. Because of that typhoon, I tried my luck in Manila where I met my wife Riza. Now Typhoon Yolanda is the worst typhoon we had experienced with my entire family. We suffered most from the wrath of Yolanda”, he lamented.
The surging sea water came and engulfed our village. That was around past 6:00 o’ clock Thursday morning, my wife was never bothered by the coming typhoon she detested to evacuate on a safer ground, Alberto narrated.
“The rampaging waters totally wiped out our house and we were thrown out in different directions. We were scattered like a floating match sticks on the raging sea water, but I was still thankful that no one died in my family” he said.
Our eldest daughter Rose Ann, who was nine month pregnant luckily survived from drowning because she was saved by our pet dog “Lea”.
Lea, is our pet for three years, she is our family hero now, Ronnie admitted.
In an exclusive interview with Rose Ann at the evacuation center in reclamation area, she admitted that was separated from her parents and siblings at the height of the storm surge.
“I was floating for two hours in the water with no sight of my husband and my parents, I just managed to cling on to the floating debris, until Lea, our dog appeared”, Rose Ann admitted.
“When I was being carried away by strong current. “Lea” went to my rescue. She swam near me and snapped at my collar, then helped and swim back to safety. I found a floating wood, then Papa located me”, Rose Ann ended.
Last November 14, two days after the interview, Ronnie sought a help from Team Albay because Rose Ann is in the process of birthing. PHO-AHEM responded and Rose Ann was rushed to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center.
The following day, Rose Ann gave birth to a baby girl via normal delivery.