Locally Called ‘Super Typhoon Rolly’

Massive Destruction Left by Super Typhoon Goni in a Philippine Village

An old couple in front of their small house destroyed by Super Typhoon Goni | Photo: Eron B. / Dalupaon.com

“Super strong. It’s like bombs were dropping incessantly on the village.” This is how we describe what it was like while super typhoon Goni (locally called Rolly in the Philippines) was ravaging the Bicol region around eight o’clock in the morning of November 1, the day when we were supposed to commemorate All Saints’ Day — the day when approximately 10 million people in the region were fearing the onslaught of the super typhoon.

Aftermath of Goni

November 2 was the day to commemorate All Souls’ Day, remembering the deceased members of the family. Because of massive destruction left by the super typhoon, however, it’s not only the souls of departed whom we remembered but also our homes that were left submerged in debris, floods, and landslides.

Instead of easing our pain by trying to accept that loved ones were no longer with us, the aftermath of the super typhoon weakened us again, adding just another heavy burden on us, not to mention the eighth month of living under community quarantine with lockdowns everywhere due to COVID-19 global pandemic — traveling across the country has been restricted, millions of employees were terminated, hundreds of thousands of small businesses were closed, and many things best left unmentioned.

Center of the Eye of Super Typhoon Goni

The beautiful province of Camarines and neighboring provinces of the Bicol region were the center of the eye of the super typhoon. Camarines was once the seat of Spanish power in the region for 333 years before it was taken over by Americans for the next 48 years. The beautiful province shares history with Spain and Mexico as well as with the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands during World War II.

Huge waves from the gulf occupying the shores | Photo: Eron B. / Dalupaon.com
A father fixing the broken roof while his two daughters are playing | Photo: Eron B. / Dalupaon.com
Define resiliency. There’s so much to clean, but keep on smiling! | Photo: Eron B. / Dalupaon.com

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Do you want to help rebuild the lives of families affected?

We set up a fundraising activity for about 1,500 families in a small village with fascinating history since before the Spanish colonialism in 1565.

The village is where two Spanish galleons were built in 1610. See Galleons.

The village is where the first English-speaking school was first opened in a little chapel by an American teacher on a mission in 1910. See Memoir.

The village is called Dalupaon. See History.

Check our Facebook page on fb.com/dalupaon.

The funds that we are raising will enable us to rebuild more lives affected by the super typhoon that battered the Philippines, including this village that played a vital role in the world’s history.

Check us on GoGetFunding to see more photos.

Email us at info@dalupaon.com

English: Thank you very much.

Spanish: Muchas gracias.

Tagalog: Maraming salamat.

Bicol: Dios mabalos.



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