Iligan: Hope and Heroism

ILIGAN CITY — Everybody was scrambling for safety. The floodwaters were quickly rising and the current was strong. It was only a matter of seconds before the deadly waters submerged the house. Mario Hernani knew he had little time left to save his wife and daughter.

Acting on instinct and desperation, Mario knocked down a wall of their house. Instantly, floodwaters gushed out. He quickly brought his family to safety. They climbed a tree to escape the rushing water. 

Once he was sure that his family was safe, Mario went back to their house to get their savings. Their house was already submerged so he dove to get inside. When he got to the spot where their money was hidden, he swam deeper. He was just an arm-length away from the money when a wooden foundation of their house fell on him, giving his forehead a gash.

How will Mario survive the onslaught of Sendong's violent floods? Continue reading HERE.

Luciana Magsayo was pregnant with her sixth child and was in her final week when tropical storm Sendong besieged Iligan City with floodwaters. She was dumbfounded when the muddy waters showed its might and rose madly, sending her and other families scampering for higher ground. 

The winding path up the hilly side of the riverbank was the only place they could find safety. She could not explain how they made it to the top because during that time, the ground was very muddy, the rain was pouring hard, and the wind was very strong. 

Luciana could still recall how they fought their way up. They saw how the houses disappearing in the raging flood water. The whole family thought that it was their final time together. Still, they drew strength from one another, each one determined to survive.

Six days after the flash flood, Luciana gave birth to a healthy baby girl. She delivered the baby in an evacuation center and named the baby “Cindy," a slight reference to “Sendong.”

See how Luciana and her family benefited from Operation Blessing's visit in her village. Click HERE to read more.

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
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