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    Posted November 28, 2012 by
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    Evacuees Life in Christmas


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter KuyaNoy1993 took these poignant images of evacuees in the small district of Landayan in the Philippines from the typhoons that swept across the country in August this year. He says he took the photos because he felt sad they had lost so much ahead of the Christmas season - he also experienced flooding but not as badly as those pictures. "There was a Christian organization lending goods to [families]. I saw that the parents were more excited to receive presents than the kids and the moment was heart-melting," he said. "Helping others is a tradition in the Philippines at Christmas, especially those who are really in need."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Christmas is a very well-celebrated holiday in the whole world. We always have in our mind that whenever Christmas season comes, we should have food in our table, presentable interior arrangements, attractive decorations outside our house including the Christmas lights, and of course, money. But are these things really make us feel Christmas worth experiencing?

    Last August, there were a lot of residents who live beside the Laguna de Bay who were affected by southwest monsoon "Habagat". I went to one of the evacuation centers at Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna in the Philippines and these affected people settled at the covered court of Landayan in front of Sto. Sepulcro Shrine. They transferred there since August and they are still residing there until today.

    You would tell that life is miserable when you see these people who have nothing when Christmas come. But behind the smile and the enjoyment of being together in one place is just priceless. Celebrating Christmas hand in hand, despite the fact that they are in their comfort zone, is just merely a hard one but believing that God is in the midst of them is just a precious experience. They have nothing: house, food as if there's a feast, money, etc. But they have everything: God.
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