The Republic of the Philippines is one of the few predominantly Catholic nations left in the world, that still inculcates the Faith in its culture. Their faithful ones do so despite the rapid encroaching of Western secularism, brought on by disingenuous "Catholic" politicians, with the aid of entertainment celebrities (not to mention Planned Parenthood). Now that faith is being tested, as a result of a devastating tropical monsoon that has brought record flooding to the northernmost island-region of Luzon, which includes the national capital region of Metro Manila.
Our friend Filipino-Canadian singer-songwriter Mikey Bustos shot this video while flying over Metro Manila in the past 24 hours. For those here in North America watching TV Patrol on ABS-CBN or The Filipino Channel, the scale of desperation is more than clear, as search and rescue operations are being tested beyond their limits. Please help by visiting The Philippine Red Cross or by calling the GMA Kapuso Foundation Telethon hotline at (+632) 981-1950. You can also call the GMA Kapuso Foundation: 928-4299/928-9351. They are currently in need of ready-to-eat food, canned goods, bottled water, et cetera.
Bustos reports: "This needed to be published right away! I took the video footage from my plane window and I wanted everyone to see what I had seen. Hoping people do what they can to help, even by sharing this video."
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On a personal note, Sal last heard from her family in the homeland just over 24 hours ago. Their casa was taking in water on the second floor, which is unprecedented. The evacuation ordered for their area (Barangay Niugan, Malabon City) was underway. Before we were cut off, her mother, the caregiver, and the housekeeper had yet to be rescued. We are praying hard here at Chez Alexandre. We ask the same of our readership; indeed, the entire Catholic blogosphere.