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Earthquake! Asking for prayers.

I woke up this morning to Facebook posts of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cebu City, my hometown. My husband and I are in Taipei for our 5th wedding anniversary, so imagine our worry on hearing the news. We made calls to family and friends, and thank God, everyone’s safe. There are some moderate  damages to our properties, but nothing major. Some parts of the city suffered serious damage though, like collapsed church bell towers, skywalks and building structures. The epicenter was in Bohol, a very nearby island, just across Cebu Province. I saw pictures of the destruction there and it looks bad. Some centuries old churches have caved-in roofs and some have been reduced to rubble.

NATIONAL TREASURE. Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City loses its belfry to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Photo from Jose Faruggia

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City loses its belfry. Photo courtesy of Jose Faruggia.

SEVERE DAMAGE. The centuries-old Loboc Church in Loboc, Bohol shows its collapsed roof after a magnitude 7.2 quake in the region, 15 October 2013. Photo courtesy of Robert Michael Poole (@tokyodrastic)

Loboc Church in Loboc, Bohol, another heritage centuries-old church. Photo courtesy of Robert Michael Poole.

 This may be the strongest earthquake we have experienced in the past 100 years. News is just starting to trickle in on the number of casualties. There’s more than a dozen already and still counting. Everyone is saying they’re so scared and the aftershocks are making it worse.

Please say a little prayer for everyone affected by this earthquake.

On a lighter note, my husband and I almost missed our return flight today. We honestly thought our flight was still tomorrow.  We had already planned on our itinerary for today: go to the National Museum then shop for presents this afternoon. We took a late breakfast, went back to our room and busied ourselves with social media to keep track with what’s happening back home. Fortunately, my husband checked the flight update emailed to him (obviously I didn’t check mine) and realized our flight is this afternoon! We scrambled to shower, pack our things, and check out of the hotel. Glad to report we made it! In fact we are too early, giving me plenty of time to write this post.

Tomorrow I will post on my exciting soapy finds in Taipei. Stay tuned! 🙂