Cagayan de Oro: Tales of Survival and Compassion

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Alfonsa Adlawan, 34, noticed that the rains and winds were getting stronger. With a sense of fear brimming in her chest, she was alarmed when she saw the sudden rise of floodwaters.

Immediately, she went out to tell her relatives and neighbors that they needed to evacuate to higher ground, but her cries landed on deaf ears.

Running in haste with her father, mother, and nephew, they headed to the marketplace. They left their house and possessions without looking back. And with heavy hearts, they left their friends and relatives behind.

In mere seconds, the flood was already chest-high and the water current was very strong. Sweet April Luciana, 24, and her family could not believe what was happening. Houses around them were already being swept away.

Suddenly, they heard the foundations of their house give out. The next thing they knew, they were being swept to the open sea while trapped inside their house.

How will Alfonsa and Luciana’s harrowing ordeal end? Find out HERE how Operation Blessing helped these mothers survive Sendong.

A week has already passed since that terrible night in Cagayan de Oro. The monstrous floods that claimed lives and properties in a blink of an eye and left hundreds of families homeless. 

Lines upon lines of people sleeping on sidewalks, waiting sheds, establishments, and street corners. They had nothing to protect them from the hard floor and the cold air. Some were huddled together in a vain attempt to keep warm.

This is how Operation Blessing’s idea of a “night relief” was born. OB gave relief packs to people sleeping on the streets. And the best time to do it was at night, when many of them are scouting for places to sleep on.

Find out more about OB’s night relief in this blog.

Operation Blessing is rallying more generous hearts to help rebuild lives, homes, and communities severely affected by Sendong.

After several weeks of relief missions in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, OB is keen on bringing rehabilitative programs that will dramatically improve the lot of the tropical storm’s worst-hit victims.

You can donate to OB’s continuous relief efforts through various methods:

  • via bank: Deposit your donation to Metrobank Account 007-233-544716
  • via ML Kwarta Padala: Visit any M. Lhuillier branch nationwide. Fill out a Customer’s Information Sheet with your full name, address, contact number, and the amount of your donation. Make sure to indicate “The 700 Club” as the recipient and “OB Disaster Relief” as the purpose of transaction. Submit the accomplished form to the counter together with your donation.

Donations in-kind are also accepted at OB’s headquarters at C5 Road corner Retelco Drive, Bagong Ilog, Pasig City.

For more details, call Operation Blessing at (02) 477-7802 or (02) 477-7806; or the 24/7 CBN Asia Prayer Center at (02) 810-7176 or (02) 810-7717.

You can also text 0920-497-5558 (Smart), 0917-581-2603 (Globe), 0922-803-6922 (Sun).

February 2012
Earth-Shattering Tragedies
Nothing Can Shake Us
Both Young and Old Hit by Sendong

January 2012
Cleaning Up After Sendong
Missions That Save Lives
A Magical Christmas
Healing After the Storm
Holiday of Happiness
Iligan: Hope and Heroism
Cagayan de Oro: Tales of Survival and Compassion

November 2011
The Hat Weavers of Jao
The Right Tools for Recovery
Keeping the Malong Alive

October 2011
Operation Blessing Uplifts Flooded Calumpit
When We Need You The Most
Rainbow After the Flood
Surprise for a Survivor
A Heart Full of Hope
Worse Than Ondoy
Small Things Go a Long Way
Aid Arrives in Nueva Ecija

September 2011
Dreams and Answered Prayers
Merry, Joyful Mary Joy
Sharing Hope Through a Toy
Caring for the Seniors

August 2011
Erick Can Smile Now
Saving Grace
God’s Mercy Amidst Life’s Tragedy

July 2011
Winmark Finally Wins
Life When the River Rises
New Life Beyond a Broken Bridge
A Timely Blessing
OB First to Bring Relief to Hardest Hit of Davao Flood Victims

June 2011
Mission Behind Bars
Weaver on Wheels
Helping Out Grandma Potter
Sewing Her Way Out of Poverty
Enrico is All Grown Up
A Mother’s Honorable Dream
Wheel Marks on the Sand

May 2011
Meet Determined Dexter
How Precious is an OB Well?
A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness: Love Your Neighbor
"It's Like a New Life!"
Feet of My Own
Dancing On One Leg

April 2011
Something To Make Her Smile
Grandma's New Boat
Moving Forward
Everything Will Be All Right

March 2011
Operation Blessing Leaves Legacy Among Payatas Kids
Freed From Agony
He Could Have Been Anybody’s Dad
Seed of Hope

February 2011
Operation Blessing Moves to New Home in Pasig
Relief That Restores Hope
A Chance to Show Compassion
A Simple Wish Granted

January 2011
Believing the Impossible
A Stool for a Cane
Keeping the Vow She Made
A Gift Better Than Gold

December 2010
Road to Recovery
God Bless Ye Merry Little Men
Abandoned But Not Forgotten
There’s Someone Who Loves Me
No, Not Abandoned!

November 2010
God Cares, Still!
Just One Touch
Touching an Orphan’s Heart
Faithful in Every Season

October 2010
One Unforgettable Visit
One Heart at a Time
Mixed Rice and Toothy Grins
Blessed Beyond Measure
A Day of Enchantment
Someone to Love As We Grow Old

September 2010
Operation Blessing Serves the Elderly in Cavite
A Handicapped Woman’s Beautiful Feet
New Life, New Hope
Operation Blessing Helps Out in Damayang Lagi Fire
Operation Blessing Brings Smiles Amidst Fire Tragedy
From Hopeless End to Endless Hope

August 2010
Sewing a Better Life
Jhan-Jhan’s Priceless Gift
Operation Blessing Responds To Caloocan Fire
Operation Blessing Kids Graduate with Honors and Hope
Thankful Mothers of Payatas
Repair Skills Restore Hope and Dignity
The Best Gift of All

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