Surprise for a Survivor

Surprise for a Survivor

by Cyril Cabral, Operation Blessing SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija — For three days, Sheryl Cristobal and her son stayed on the streets, not because they had a choice, but because their house was completely submerged in floodwaters brought by typhoons Pedring and Quiel. “It happened during the night. We were asleep when my husband suddenly woke us up because the […]

A Heart Full of Hope

A Heart Full of Hope

by Cyril Cabral, Operation Blessing JAEN, Nueva Ecija — Clara Salvador was on the verge of tears while talking to an Operation Blessing doctor about her family’s situation. She was expressing how much she loves her son, Kit Byron, who has a congenital heart disease. He is just eight years old. “I love my son and I will do anything […]

Worse Than Ondoy

Worse Than Ondoy

by Cyril Cabral, Operation Blessing SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija — Operation Blessing continued its disaster relief efforts in this province by conducting a medical mission and relief distribution in Barangay Tabuating. The disaster response team served patients for the whole day. Husband and wife Jerson and Melissa Valino went to the mission site very early in the morning to avoid […]

Small Things Go a Long Way

Small Things Go a Long Way

by Cyril Cabral, Operation Blessing BONGABON, Nueva Ecija — Operation Blessing conducted a medical mission and relief distribution for typhoon victims in Sitio Paraiso in Barangay Lusok. Most of the patients who came to the mission had their houses severely damaged by floods since they were living near a river. They were treated for illnesses such as fever, coughs, skin […]

Aid Arrives in Nueva Ecija

Aid Arrives in Nueva Ecija

by Cyril Cabral, Operation Blessing BONGABON, Nueva Ecija — Bad weather did not stop Operation Blessing from holding a medical and relief mission in Sitio Tapia in Barangay Olivete, one of the many villages in Central Luzon who suffered the brunt of Typhoon Pedring weeks ago. As they flocked to the mission site, the residents were not bothered by the […]

Dreams and Answered Prayers

Dreams and Answered Prayers

by Gerika Soria, Operation Blessing LAOAC, Pangasinan — When 43-year-old mother Cynthia Carbonel arrived at the medical mission site of Operation Blessing (OB) one summer morning, she was agitated and worried. In her arms was her severely dehydrated two-month-old Alexander almost on the brink of dying. OB volunteer doctors quickly rushed over and performed first aid, exhausting all their efforts […]

Merry, Joyful Mary Joy

Merry, Joyful Mary Joy

by Gian Adao, Operation Blessing volunteer  MANILA — One day, I’ll get myself a tattoo saying: “I’ll die with this mark.” That day never came. Three years have passed from the day Mary Joy expressed that dream, and the story of her life turned out to be the opposite. She no longer dreams of dying. She’s alive and joyfully living […]

Sharing Hope Through a Toy

Sharing Hope Through a Toy

  by Melanie Leduna, Operation Blessing MAITUM, Sarangani — Holding a small ice box with his name on it, Joharie Diokolano stared blankly at the big brown boxes of toys that he heard will be distributed by Operation Blessing. Amidst the swarming crowd, the 10-year-old boy confidently sat down on a wooden chair under a tree with the other children. […]

Caring for the Seniors

Caring for the Seniors

by Gerika Soria, Operation Blessing VALENZUELA CITY — At 79, Nanay Pasing still scours through garbage for a living. The old woman has been surviving the hard life in the city for more than 20 years—long enough for her stomach to get used to hunger pangs. Her husband died four years ago, and she was left still childless. She is […]

Erick Can Smile Now

Erick Can Smile Now

by Debbie Bataller, CBN Asia writer ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat — Across the far-flung fields in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) came all the way to Sitio Manirub, Brgy. Pamantingan to conduct a medical mission in one of the most remote and unreached villages in Esperanza. This is where OB met Erick, a 10-year-old boy from […]

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

by Everon Centeno, Operation Blessing volunteer RODRIGUEZ, Rizal — “Operation Blessing is our blessing from God.” These are the words uttered by Raquel Marquez, 37 years old, a mother of five with another one on the way, when asked what Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) has brought to their lives. Raquel and her family were originally from Pasig, but Typhoon […]

God’s Mercy Amidst Life’s Tragedy

God’s Mercy Amidst Life’s Tragedy

by Melanie Leduna Operation Blessing Volunteer Writer DAVAO CITY — “Ang Diyos mayo man (God is good),” a line from a song exhorted by angelic voices of the children of NHA Bangkal. Who would have thought a tragic flood just wiped out almost everything from them and had almost cost them their very lives? As Operation Blessing Davao immersed in […]

Winmark Finally Wins

Winmark Finally Wins

by Rex Guinaran, Operation Blessing medical volunteer TACLOBAN CITY — Winmark Gabriel was born with two legs. But for the past years, he has been using eight “legs” for mobility. Now 26 years old, Winmark is usually seen sitting on a plastic stool by the road, cheerfully chatting with his friends. He occasionally gives out a chuckle in between his […]

Life When the River Rises

Life When the River Rises

By Herald Gaculais, Operation Blessing volunteer PIGKAWAYAN, North Cotabato — With misty eyes, Nasser Isla, 51 years old, scanned the field of water lilies sprawled across the big expanse of water at the back of the barangay building, where Operation Blessing set up its medical mission site for the day. “These weren’t here before,” he said of the huge mass. […]

New Life Beyond a Broken Bridge

New Life Beyond a Broken Bridge

By Rosanna Javier, Operation Blessing volunteer DAVAO CITY — Jesan Peranillo was celebrating his 17th birthday when floods caused by torrential rains swept the village of Matina Pangi last June 28. Jesan and his 18-year-old cousin Jeric were frolicking in the rain, unmindful of the rain buildup. The water will just go to the river, they thought. Both cousins became […]