Rock and soil continued to slide down the side of Mount Tapungso in Sitio Lumibao, Barangay Buhawen in San Marcelino, Zambales, after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday, April 22.
Fear and panic remained fresh in the memory of residents like Lisa Pabaran, as small aftershocks continued to rattle their community.
A number of residents felt yet another jolt as the interview with Lisa was being conducted.
“Ayan na naman (There it is again),” Lisa said, pausing during her interview, as she confirmed feeling the ground shake once more.
“Talagang sobrang takot, akala namin, mamamatay na kami,” Lisa recalled. “Parang nagbabarilan, una 'yung lindol, at saka gumuho na 'yung bato. Iyak na kaming iyak."
(We were so scared, we thought we were all going to die. The ground shook, and then the rocks started falling. It sounded like gunfire.)
The Aeta community in Lisa’s barangay ran away from the rocks falling from Mount Tapungso during the quake.
They were tending to crops planted on the foot of the mountain when the ground shook.
Lisa and her neighbors lost their entire field of crops and dared not to go back uphill to return to their homes for fear of yet another quake.
The community’s source of water from Mount Tapungso was also shut off by the movement of rocks.
“Ganun pala, kapag lumindol pala ang lupa, 'yung tubig hindi lumalabas,” Kagawad Mario Pabalan shared. “Ngayon sa ilog walang tubig sa kasalukuyan po."
(The ground moved and the water stopped flowing from inside the mountain. Now our river has dried up.)
Access to Barangay Buhawen is difficult. A long drive across lahar-filled fields leads to Lake Mapanuepe, which can only be crossed by a small motorboat.
Arriving at the opposite bank, large loads need to be pulled by a carabao or carried manually for a fifteen-minute hike to get to the community.
With no source of food and water in a community far-removed from any town proper with easy access to resources, Lisa has no idea how life will start over for her and her fellow Aetas.
“Hindi namin alam kung paano kami mabuhay. Ngayon, di namin alam ang inaasahan namin,” she said.
(We don’t know where to get our livelihood. We don’t know what to hope for anymore.)
Residents in Porac, Pampanga share the same hopelessness in the face of the disaster that lost many homes and establishments.
Danilo Ambrosio Jr. of Porac lost his entire house and now suffers from a limp on one leg after a wall of their home collapsed on him during the quake.
"Tatakbo sana kami sa bakanteng lote, pero naabutan kami, (We were supposed to run to a nearby vacant lot but we didn't make it)," Danilo said.
"Ngayon wala na kaming matitirhan na bahay. Hindi na ako makatrabaho, isang buwan at kalahati pa akong di makakatrabaho."
(Now we don't have a home, and I can't go to work for a month and a half because of my leg).
His wife Marylou remains hospitalized and has yet to find out if she will be able to walk again after injuring her back and both her legs during the quake on Monday.
Lingkod Kapamilya headed to earthquake-affected areas to deliver donations of food packs to more than 800 families in San Marcelino, Zambales, and Porac and Floridablanca towns in Pampanga.
Various teams continued efforts to reach far-flung areas affected by the recent quakes in Luzon and in Visayas.