Actress Shaina Magdayao. File photo
MANILA -- Relatives of actress Shaina Magdayao, including her grandmother, were flown to Cebu on Monday after enduring days "with limited food and water" in Tacloban, which was devastated last Friday by the world's most powerful typhoon this year.
The 25-year-old Kapamilya star took to image-sharing service Instagram over the weekend to appeal for prayers for her relatives based in Tacloban, with whom she had no communication for over two days.
Magdayao posted a photo of an altar on Saturday, with the accompanying caption: "Its been more than 24 hours since my dad last talked to my Uncle and Lola who are based in Tacloban. Lord please clothe them with your strength and protection. They are safe, dry and together."
She said her family is also praying for other Tacloban residents affected by the typhoon, as she thanked those who are helping in tracking her relatives.
On Sunday, Magdayao, through another post on Instagram, said that while she has yet to speak with her grandmother and uncle, she has received news that they are alive.
"Today is still a blessing because we got word only this morning from a friend that theyre alive but only have limited water and food. :( PLS PRAY THEY ARE SAFE AND DRY esp lola," Magdyao said in a caption of photo showing a quote from the Bible.
The actress related that her father and brother-in-law were already en route to Tacloban to find their relatives.
"Ito po ang pinakamahirap na mga oras. Ngayong madilim at malamig. May GOD clothe them with his strength and protection. Esp ang mga tumutulong, rescue volunteers sa lahat po ng mga tumatawag at tumutulong sa amin kanina pa, GOD bless you all even more. Mula po sa aming pamilya. Salamat po," she said.
Better news reached Magdayao on Monday night when she was able to confirm that her grandmother, uncle and nephews were flown to Cebu safely. She thanked those who assisted in finding her family members.
"Ang hirap mag celebrate knowing that madami pa tayong mga kababayan na nawawala at naghihirap ngayon. Gabi na naman, madilim at malamig. May mga kaibigan din po kami naiwan pa doon. Pati ung isa ko pang uncle. Lord kayo na po bahala sa kanila. Please protect them... Patuloy pong ipagdadasal ng aming Pamilya ang ating mga kababayan," she said in another Instagram post.
The death toll from Yolanda, which made landfall in the Philippines last Friday, has reached 1,774 as of Tuesday morning, according to the local disaster management council. Thousands more are feared unaccounted for.