Cayman’s Filipino community affected by storms

Cayman’s Filipino community is rallying for support to assist those Philippines living in the Cayman Islands whose family members were badly affected by Typhoon Ketsana.


People wade in the chest deep floodwater in suburban Cainta east of Manila in the Philippines. Photo: AP

The deadly typhoon slammed into the Philippines more than two weeks ago killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless in towns such as Marikina City, Cainta, Montalban and Taguig.

The Voice of Truth Christian concert fundraiser will take place at the Harquail Theatre this Sunday, 11 October.

There will be two performances: the first show starts at 5pm and the second show at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and children.

‘As residents struggle to pick up the pieces and bring some sort of order back to their lives, we are appealing to the Cayman community to support the event so we can help these families affected,’ said Jesus the Anointed One Church member Jhun Padua.

‘A lot of Philippine residents working and living in the Cayman Islands have families in these villages that were badly affected.’

He said he had heard stories of friends and family members braving the flood waters and losing their homes. One friend said her son hung on for dear life as the waters rose to over six feet after swimming part of the way from his school.

Chaelly Manaog, a Filipino resident in Cayman, said he contacted his family and was told ‘the river rose to a considerable level in his town and every house situated near the river was affected.

‘My brother told me that during the typhoon people were swept away by the strong current in the town of Montalban. Some people vanished in the water and were later found buried in mud and debris.’

Mr. Manaog was also told the entire village of Dela Costa had been swallowed up by the massive volume of water.

‘Some people are still looking for family members and some are still finding dead people. The main concern right now is that a lot of people still have missing family members,’ he said.

Mr. Manaog added that in some areas food was scarce and some markets that still had supplies were quickly being used up because stores could not restock due to lack of supplies. The main things he said people needed right now were food and clothing. His family home did receive some flooding but everyone was safe. On the other side of the river, across from his home, the residents were not so fortunate.

The non-profit organisation, Cayman Teen Challenge, staged the Voice of Truth concert two weeks ago for less fortunate youths and it was a huge success. When the deadly typhoon struck the Philippines, said Mr. Padua, they decided to stage it again.

‘Even Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence added her support to the event,’ he said, adding that the event hosted singers, mimes, dancers, drama and live music.

Jesus the Anointed One Church is again providing the venue for the concert to assist flooding victims affected by Typhoon Ketsana.

For those persons who cannot attend the function but would like to assist, a donation box will be set up at the Anointed One Church at 96 Sound Way in George Town, or people are invited to donate by contacting Pastor Ed Nacion on 326-1112.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross is also responding to victims which were affected by flooding.

This weekend, members of broadcast media and Red Cross volunteers will be stationed at supermarkets across the island to collect funds for the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines. On Saturday morning, residents are invited to stop by any Fosters Food Fair, Hurleys or Kirk Supermarket location or any Tortuga location to offer a donation.

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