Singing in Loon to keep gloom at bay-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
LOON, Bohol—Elvira Cansana sang in front of the karaoke machine inside the nipa house of her brother, Alberto Dospueblos, who was drinking bahal (coconut wine) with other relatives in the coastal barangay of Napo yesterday morning.
Cansana’s voice strayed when she tried to reach the high notes, but she persisted until she finished the song.
Her siblings threw the despedida party because Cansana is leaving for Metro Manila this week. Her children have requested her to live with them after the 7.2 magnitude quake that hit Bohol and other Central Visayas communities last Oct. 15.
The Dospueblos family is one of the families that have started to return to Barangay Napo, which was muddy yesterday because of rain.
“Pahaw-as ni’s phobia amoa (This is our way of beating phobia),” said Alberto of their singing. “Karon pa sad nibalik ang kuryente (And we just got back our power supply).”
His neighbors were busy cleaning up the debris and repairing their damaged houses. Others have started to build new ones.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 72 deaths in Loon. The youngest was an 11-month-old boy who, in the NDRRMC’s words, got “hit by a hard object.” The oldest was a 101-year-old man who slipped.
Alberto’s house sits near the shoreline, which the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said has risen after the quake. Neighbor Alan Sevilla said they found several holes on the shore and near the mangroves.
The buildings in Napo Elementary School were also damaged.
A hole below a building swallowed desks and books. Beach sand and corals scattered on the school’s front yard.
Loon resident Norma Bordios said the ground used to be covered with grass; she and her neighbors saw water spurting from the ground during the quake.
The Inang-angan coral stone stairway, which leads to the ruins of the Our Lady of Light Church, is also damaged. But it is passable.
The National Museum declared Inang-angan as a national cultural treasure in 2010. It has five flights and 212 steps.
To help residents go to and from Loon, a bamboo footbridge was completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last Oct. 30.
It stands in the water beside the collapsed Moalong Bridge, which was still not passable.
Regular fare for motorcycles is at P15; tricycles, P10; and vans going to Tubigon, P80.
At the evacuation site, Andresita Dalugdog, 52, said she hopes that there will be no more aftershocks during her birthday on Nov. 30. Her family has started to rebuild their damaged home in Napo.
Dalugdog said they received their last food packs from a private group last Thursday. Her daughter, Madel Cajetas, said they should start their new life and not depend so much on charity.
“Kon naa ra mi diri sige’g lingkod, magsige lang sad tag huwat og grasya (If we just sit here all day, we’ll just keep waiting for grace),” she said.
Dalugdog quipped: “Wa na’y grasya ron, uy. Wa na’y daghang relief goods (But there’s hardly any grace these days; there aren’t that many relief goods coming).”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 03, 2013.