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    Posted November 14, 2013 by
    Austin, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Looking for loved ones in the Philippines

    FOUND Still No Word From Parents


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "I've sent my dad Facebook messages, emails to both, texts to my dad's phone, checking to see if he's logged on Skype or able to Face Time on their iPad," said cjrivera23. "I'd accept a smoke signal if they would send one."
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    My parents, Luis & Consejo Burgos, were in Villaba, Leyte when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines. They were in the process of building their retirement home on a hill overlooking the beach.


    Any information regarding their status or whereabouts is greatly appreciated. They are a stubborn pair, so we are cautiously optimistic that they made it through the storm, but worry a great deal about food, clean water, supplies, etc. and just getting confirmation that they are together and that they are alright.

    Both are dual citizens of the United States and the Philippines.  Luis is retired from the Navy.  Their family here in the U.S. miss them greatly and are anxious to hear any word from them.


    Please help them and all directly affected by this tragedy.


    I have listed them already through:
    Google People Finder
    U.S. Dept. of State, Office of Overseas Services
    Philippine Red Cross
    Local Red Cross
    Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)


    :::::UPDATE::::: 11/17/13

    I received a text from my mom this morning!!  This, along with a  couple more sources confirm that my mom and dad are ok!!!  THANK YOU,  EVERYONE for your thoughts, prayers, texts, messages, phone calls,  support... it really helped me cope through this long anxiety-filled week.

    In my mom's brief message, she indicated that there is a lot of damage and clean  up to be done and food shortage everywhere.  But THANK GOD they are ok.   Please continue to keep them and all those affected in the Philippines  in your prayers as they rebuild and try to move forward from this  tragedy.

    Thanks again for your support and prayers... you will never know what that means to me.  For those that I have never met and are reading this... I pray this story provides a light of hope that others will also be able to find and hear positive news about their missing family and friends.

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