Typhoon survivors celebrate New Year's Eve

By Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2012 11:14 PM | Updated as of Jan 01 2013 07:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Despite the tragedy brought by typhoon Pablo, many survivors in New Bataan, Compostela Valley are trying their best to greet the New Year with optimism and with what little they have left.    

Rona Quiapo went to the market Monday morning to buy fruits. Like many Filipinos, she believes that having round fruits on the table for the New Year will bring them luck.

But instead of buying 13 fruits, she only bought five. “Wala naman tayong pambili ng 13 fruits,” said Quiapo.

The Barabat family finally left the evacuation center. Even if their house is still damaged, they want to spend the New Year there. Their media noche will be composed of relief goods given to them.

They also bought a kilo of sticky rice which they believe will allow luck to stick with them this coming 2013.

“Sisigaw! Salamat panginoon at pinarating nyo pa kami ng bagong taon 2013,” said Milagros Barabat.

Some though are not bothering to celebrate the New Year. “Matulog na lang para pag gising wala na,” said Faye Luto.
Many residents are still at the Barangay Hall in Andap hoping to be given relief goods.

Meanwhile, because there is still no electricity in most places, the mass that was supposed to be held at 10 p.m. was held at 4 p.m.

Despite of the tragedy, most of the residents of Compostela Valley have a positive outlook this coming 2013.

“Para tayong gulong, kahit minsan nasa ibabaw, minsan nasa ilalim,” said Daniel Comag.

“Pagsikapan naming lahat na makabangon kami ulit,” said another resident, Maria Ginubiagon.

The local government has banned the use of firecrackers but residents say there is no need for the order because they barely have money to buy food.