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2011 won’t leave us. Our mind will always remind us of its memories. It won’t end either since the human brain is the greatest historian. It can’t be replaced since 2011 is uniquely 2011. Or perhaps, we are about to separate our lives in yearly compartments. This happened in 2010. That happened in 2011.

I wonder if the act of separating contribute in making any loss less pronounced and more bearable.            

The places I’ve been to these past two years are cobwebbed in my mind already,  the places I haven’t put justice in writing  yet. And here comes typhoon Sendong (Washi)  altering all the realities I have about those places.

Sendong devastated Valencia, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, and Iligan. My draft for Valencia’s Casororo Falls started with

“Naa nay namatay diha sa ubos?” “Did the river already claim a life?”

“O, oy.” “Of course” It sounded like there is an absolute truth and certainty that any river can claim lives.

It becomes a habit to ask about death when I see rivers. Stories of death and losses often filled my conversation with locals while listening to the river’s murderously joyful sound; yet this time, the stories are too massive, too disastrous for two individuals; this time, stories of death and losses become communal.

Let’s wrap 2011 with a generous heart. Help in any way possible. I know I have readers abroad.

You can donate via Red Cross Philippines

LBC, a forwarding and cargo company, is accepting donations in any kind for the typhoon-stricken victims in Northern Mindanao.  They accept donations worldwide.

ABS-CBN, a major broadcasting company in the Philippines, also accepts donations.

For cash donations, interested parties may send it to Banco de Oro (Sct. Albano, Quezon Ave., Quezon City Branch) under the account name ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya with account number 393-011-4199.

For international cash donations, Sagip Kapamilya’s BDO dollar account number is 393-008-1622 with a ‘swift code,’ BNORPHMM.

The public can also deposit their donation through PNB at BPI which both carry the account name ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya. The account number in PNB is 419-539-5000-13; while in BPI (West Triangle, Quezon City Branch) is 3051-1127-75. The BPI Dollar Account is under the name ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya with the account number, 3054-0270-35.

GMA Network, another major broadcasting company, accepts donations.


Peso Savings

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:115-184777-2 or 160-111277-7

Dollar Savings
Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 01-115-301177-9 or 01-160-300427-6

Peso Savings
Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 3-098-51034-7

Dollar Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:2-098-00244-2 Code: MBTC PH MM

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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  1. pawie28 says:

    Hmm… I wonder if categorizing our losses by year makes them less bearable. That’s an intriguing notion. I guess the years just serve as earmarks, but they don’t add to or detract from our gains and losses. Thanks for the info on donating!

  2. nelson RN says:

    It always make me sad thinking about what happened in Northern Mindanao. I hope the people there recovers the soonest. My prayers are with them.

  3. Hi Jona,

    I’ve also shared an article like this on my blog. I’m from Mindanao and I’ve got some friends and relatives there and it’s heart breaking to see the city that you’ve grown up to see so wonderful have come to this situation.

    ahai… buhay! Thanks Jona and keep it up!


  4. thanks for sharing this. i got chills when i read about your comment on rivers taking lives. i just said the same thing a couple of years back but from a river in laguna. how sad… i hope 2012 will be better for all of us 🙂

  5. this year, i just hope that there would be no more posts like this… 🙁

    Happy New Year! 🙂

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