Choir members among survivors in Naga City, Cebu landslide

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2018 10:16 PM

Choir members in Barangay Naalad sang their hearts out with gratitude for another chance at life. 

The massive landslide at the neighboring village in Tinaan did not hamper their will to show their faith as they continue to serve during the Holy Mass in the different parishes a few days after the tragedy. 

They said the lyrics became more meaningful and the music turned into a source of hope. 

The members of the choir all lost their properties in the landslide, with one of them losing a sibling at the height of the dreadful incident on September 20.

Kareen Panilag can't contain her emotions while recounting how her sister died. 

She said her elder sister Shiela Ann almost survived the incident but upon knowing about the landslide, she rushed to Sitio Sindulan in an effort to save her boyfriend. 

"Masakit! Ang hirap! Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala kung anong nangyari sa amin pero kakayanin namin," said Kareen told ABS-CBN News.

(It's hurting. I still can't believe what happened but we will endure.)

Times are hard for Kareen but she vowed to spread hope through music. 

On Sunday, landslide-affected residents went to the church to join the Eucharistic celebration. 

Father Mario Atienza, in his homily, urged the faithful to pray for the eternal repose of those who died and the determination for the survivors to stand for life. 

He also asked them to share their resources with the needy.