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    Life Event: Operation VALENTINES, On Our Way

    4 February 2012, Saturday

    4:00 AM
    After just a few hours rest since we arrived, the team gets ready for the long day ahead. Looking out the window of our second floor room, I didn’t see the ride that was supposed to be there at that time. Telling Sherbien, who was coordinating things, he realized that the driver might have gone to the place agreed upon when planning was on the initial stages. Getting himself out of bed, he rushes to the nearby mall.

    6:30 AM
    By the time he comes back, almost all of us are ready. The relief goods that we have managed to put together are then loaded into the vehicle. When all is loaded, there is just enough room at the back for six of the team – Veron, Lia, Shine, Natasha, Natrisha & Andrew. Sherbien and I get to ride in the front with our driver for today, Jojo. From our hotel in Cagayan de Oro we head for Iligan. The trip takes almost two hours. You will know that you’ve reached Iligan when the surroundings begin to show fallen trees, wrecked homes. The only difference between what the city is today and how it was last December 2011 when Typhoon Sendong poured out its fury in this place is that today the flood is gone and the earth is dry. The markings of the flood’s level are seen on the walls of the homes; the roads may have been swept clean but the surroundings continue to bare the mark of Sendong’s devastation.

    8:30 AM
    First place we go to is the Command Center, located at the Iligan City Hall. Once here, we meet up with our guide – Pat. During an interview with him he describes the first place we’ll be going to: Barangay Mandulog.

    9:30 AM
    From the Command Center we decide to take a late breakfast – haven’t had the time to eat when we left the hotel earlier, we really won’t have the time to eat once we reach Barangay Mandulog. After breakfast we head to the market to buy the ingredients we’ve listed for the macaroni soup the team will be cooking for the people in the area.

    By noontime, we reach Barangay Mandulog.

    Our day has just begun.
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