CALIFORNIA - At a Filipino restaurant in Daly City, California, the mood was somber as customers huddled over a television eager for news about the deadly floods that may have affected their loved ones in the Philippines.
Heavy rains on Sunday night have flooded Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
Daly City in the San Francisco Bay Area has the highest concentration of Filipino Americans of any municipality in the United States; Filipino Americans comprise more than 30% of the city’s population.
The Robles-Gementera family has relatives and friends all over Manila and its neighboring cities. They now worry about their safety.
“Hindi ako makatulog dahil naaalala ko sila. Wala silang matatakbuhan dahil walang pagkain. Iniisip ko na lang na sana malagpasan nila ang krisis na ito,” Luningning Robles said.
The family has been checking up on their relatives, such as Precy Robles-Serrano from Sta. Ana, Manila. With floodwaters rising around her neighborhood, Precy was stuck in her house when Balitang America spoke to her.
“Hinahanda na namin yung mga flashlights, candles and, of course, yung food,” said Precy.
Their loved ones also posted pictures of their flooded homes and flooded streets.
Families are also glad that technology is making it easy for them to check up on their loved ones safety.
“Dasal. Talagang prayer really works and just to be safe and stay safe. Kung kailangan nilang lumikas, magsilikas sila. Iwanan na nila yung mga properties talagang unahin nila yung safety nila,” Joy Gementera said.