A Tragedy in Bohol, Philippines

16 Oct

October 15,2013

I was waiting for my flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when I got a message from a friend. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Cebu and Bohol, Philippines; my hometown. I immediately dialed home and got hold of my mom. It was a real relief when I heard her voice. She told me how they panicked when it started shaking so hard and things inside the house started to fall. They ran outside the house and stayed away from big buildings. While I was talking to her,she would tell me when there’s an after shock. As of this time, about 850 aftershocks have been registered.

After talking to her,  I immediately browsed the news and was so horrified at the images. Bohol is known for its century old churches, what I saw were ruins. The  epicenter of the earthquake was in Carmen which is where the Chocolate Hills is. It was disheartening to see the destruction. About 80 people died because of buildings crumblings. Thankfully, it was a national holiday so nobody was at school and most people stayed at their homes.



Mother nature gave Bohol bountiful natural beauty, she also has the power to destroy them. Tragedy happens every where, the only option is to pray and be safe in the thought that other people are thinking and trying to help in whatever way they can.

I wrote about a post about Bohol and the photo below is the result of the earthquake.


The Chocolate Hills after

I saw this image as my friend’s profile picture and thought it appropriate indeed.  


I’m writing this on my phone so please excuse the format and errors. I’m out for 10 days but I’ll be updating via Twitter @momentsinurlife.

Keep safe everyone.

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Bohol, The Philippines


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43 responses to “A Tragedy in Bohol, Philippines

  1. Livonne

    December 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Such a hard time. I’m glad your family are safe and thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.

    • Angie

      December 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Livonne. :)

  2. Imelda

    November 21, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I am glad your family is safe. I am sad though about the destruction of the churches. But you are right, what matters more is that the faith remains strong and solid.

    • Angie

      November 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

      Thanks, Imelda. Tragedies test us and we just have to get through them, scratched but unbroken. Glad you dropped by. :)

  3. Browsing the Atlas

    November 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’m glad your family was okay. How terrifying for you all.

  4. Livonne

    October 29, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I hope your country recovers quickly. So very sad. Our thoughts here in Australia are with you xx

    • Angie

      October 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Thank you so much, Livonne. The country is strong and has been through so many natural disasters, there’s always faith and hope. : xx

  5. Lily La

    October 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Hope you are taking care Angie.

    Best Wishes.

    • Angie

      October 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks a lot, Lily. We’re safe and sound. :) Cheers!

  6. marlou roger

    October 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    can I ask a question?
    Who’s the author of this blog ? Whole name po please .
    I need lang kasi para sa home reading report ko po kasi I choose your blog po e :)

    • Angie

      October 22, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Hi, Marlou. Thanks, you can just write Angie Ibarra. What kind of home reading is it? :-)

  7. marlou roger

    October 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    can I ask a question?
    Who’s the auther of this blog ? Whole name po please .
    I need lang kasi para sa home reading report ko po kasi I choose your blog po e :)

  8. seeker

    October 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    It is common to have earthquakes in the Philippines as far as I can remember when I was growing up there. Thank you Angie.

    • Angie

      October 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      That’s true, P. Just that we don’t really expect so much devastation. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Peripatetic Eric

    October 17, 2013 at 3:27 am

    A horrifying event. I feel for those affected and hope for the best.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:43 am

      It is,thanks Eric.

  10. chris13jkt

    October 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

    So sad to hear about the earthquake in your home town. Hope your family are well, Angie.
    I’ll pray for all in Cebu and Bohol.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:43 am

      Thank you, Chris.

  11. Adrenaline Romance

    October 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    It was our first time to experience such an earthquake that strong. It left us scared and paranoid with the countless aftershocks still striking. Thankfully, that day was declared a holiday for the Filipino Muslims’ annual feast of sacrifice, and so students weren’t in school. Had it not been a holiday, I don’t know what would happen to a lot of children in schools.

    It’s just so sad to see those century-old churches, the Chocolate Hills and other properties damaged, but what saddens us most are the lives that were lost. True, we need to rise above this tragedy, or with any tragedy for that matter.

    Glad that your family here is safe. Take care there too! 

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Hope you’re safe there guys. I’m still checking updates and they’re still experiencing aftershocks until now. A smaller scale earthquake happened this morning too. Some parts of the province is experiencing heavy rain and thunderstorm too. The infrastructures can be replaced, but the lives lost are what saddened me the most. Thanks guys.

  12. eyekensee

    October 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I am sorry to hear about the destruction in your lovely home province. Your people are strong. They will recover from this tragedy. The blood of Francisco Dagohoy flows in your veins. Boholanos will survive and rebuild a stronger Bohol.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Thank you, Kenneth. Indeed, they will rebuild slowly but surely.

  13. Opalla

    October 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I am following the news about this earthquake too. It is comforting to know your loved ones are safe. Take care.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:47 am

      Thanks, Opalla. Do you have any friends affected too?

  14. neihtn2012

    October 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    This is a terrible tragedy. If there’s anything that we from afar can help, let us know, Angie.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

      Thanks, Hien. I’m still checking ways to help too,they are providing some donation accounts but I’ll have to double check. I’ll update when I’ve got them. Thanks

  15. tagnoue

    October 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Sorry to hear about the tragedy and glad to hear your family’s safe. I know how horrible big quake is. I hope it will be better soon. Take care.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Thank you

  16. arlene

    October 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Praying for the people of the affected areas especially Bohol and Cebu. God bless you all.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Thank you, Arlene.

  17. metzgerg4

    October 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

    my friend is from there also….take care all

    • Angie

      October 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      I hope your friend is safe, thanks a lot. :)

  18. Little Borneo Girl

    October 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Often times, Mother Nature does things we find no answer to, no explanation, no reason. More than two years has past and we are still rebuilding our once beautiful Christchurch
    Keep safe, stay strong to all residents of Bohol and all those affected. God bless.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Indeed. Thank you and God bless you too.

  19. Ben

    October 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Such a sad story, thanks for your local insight. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be hit by an earthquake. My thoughts are with you and all of those affected.

    • Angie

      October 17, 2013 at 4:50 am

      Thanks, Ben. It’s a sad one indeed.

  20. Jeff Sinon

    October 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

    So sorry to hear about all the destruction and loss of life.

    • Angie

      October 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Thank you, Jeff. :-)

  21. Uncle Spike

    October 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Living in an active earthquake region here in Turkey I know and appreciate the risks of what mother nature can throw at us. Glad to hear your loved ones are safe. Scary times though.
    Best wishes from Clan Spike…

    • Angie

      October 16, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Thank you, Clan Spike. It was a real surprise because the last strong earthquake I can remember happening there was like 20+ years ago. Mother nature is indeed powerful.


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