One year after

It has been a year since the tragic Typhoon Ondoy devastated Metro Manila.

Kita ang tunay na pakikipagkapwa at bayanihan ng mga pinoy sa mga oras ng pangangailangan. I just feel glad and sad at the same time. Sad that I cant help and reach out others bec I have limited capabilities because of my cast on the right leg. Glad that we are safe and everyone that I know is atleast far from danger na.
We need to move on. Life must go on. Pero Paano??

Picture and words are from  Ondoy Blog entry in multiply account.

Yes, sure we have moved on. Now my question: What have we learned from Ondoy as a nation? And how much are we prepared for an Ondoy II?

Moving on and moving forward

What have the big C taught our family? The 35-day ordeal of Bar in fighting against Leukemia was such a bliss. Accepting his illness was not even sinking in 2 weeks after it was formally confirmed by the result of his bone marrow test. It was so fast. With the kind of family that we have, it must be such a hard lesson that we all must take.

The fight against the big C for a 10-year old boy was definitely a hard battle. We were caught unprepared, and probably have hit us in a very bad timing. But then again, we have learned so much from this. We have learned to be united again. That even though, Bar is an extended family for the most of us, and everyone has  its own immediate family, still we needed to do our part at those times. The history of our family being so closely tied and at the same time being detached from one another are much deeper than Filipino culture. We have uniquely evolved from just simply an extended family who used to live in an “ancestral” home – simply we are uniquely different (in both negative and positive ways).

Bar’s conquest may have been fast. We are still mourning. The demise of a 10-year old boy is indeed painful. We are mourning. It is our right to mourn and to grieve. But we are moving on too. In God’s time, wounds will be healed. And I know we are moving forward, not because we will forget  Bar, but we will start facing the days of our lives with all the hard and well-learned lessons he gave us.

Thank you Bar


Bar passed away this afternoon 2.15 pm due to respiratory arrest as complication of his ailment spesis due to AML. This was his last smile as he posed last night when we visited him. BAR – we love you so much. As our family mourn for your demise, we will forever treasure your love and strength in our hearts! The love o…f a child is unconditional and non-negotiable just as God loves us! Thank you Bar for teaching us how to be strong and be united as one family.

I would like to thank the good souls who helped Bar fighting this AML by being blood donors and moral support

Kate Capil and FEU friends leaded by Ms Yoko and Mr Noel for helping us for Bar’s BT.