The scenes from Albuera continued on until we reached Ormoc. Many of my fellow passengers on this bus ride were either shaking their heads or loudly expressing disbelief at what we were seeing. This only meant many of us were seeing the destruction for the first time that stretches up to Kananga, Leyte and beyond. And this was Day 22 after Yolanda!
Alright, I found the Grand Tours terminal some few blocks beyond that pickup truck of San Juan City's disaster management office. Uncharacteristically, the guy there didn't have an answer when I asked what time was the next van! So it looked like I wasn't destined to enjoy my usual Seat No. 2. Had to take that 9:30AM van and given a choice of Seat No. 8 or Seat No. 14, I took 8.
Quite a devastation yes, but everyone is trying to rise from the havoc. They probably got already tired of weeping and wailing over the destruction, loss of life or property. Yes, Yolanda mangled Ormoc City badly, BUT, most everyone is trying to rise up from all the debris. So, I agree… Bangon Ormoc!
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