Typhoon Vamco, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ulysses, hit Manila on November 11, 2020. It was a powerful and deadly Category 4-equivalent typhoon that caused the worst flooding in Metro Manila in 10 years. Sixty-nine people died, tens of thousands of families lost their homes in the raging floods, and some people are still waiting for rescue.
The river had swollen into a sea, according to a resident in Cagayan province, north of Metro Manila. The huge Magat Dam had been opened to avoid its bursting. Ulysses (Vamco) ran at a catastrophic 150 km an hour. Cagayan has been placed under a state of calamity due to some of the worst floods in the province’s history.
After driving for nine hours through mud and debris, BodyTalk Outreacher Remar Soliza (pictured in the red T-shirt) and a small team of BodyTalk Access technicians immediately attended to the healing of flood evacuees in Cagayan. Many evacuees had lost their homes and properties and had only their shirts with them. In between BodyTalk sessions, Mr. Soliza gave instructions to evacuees on how to perform the do-it-yourself Cortices Technique for de-stressing.
Remar said “We brought packed food and water and vitamins for children. People expected medicine because they were sick and exhausted from waiting in the flood waters. But they welcomed us warmly and appreciated the BodyTalk sessions.”
The BodyTalk matrix in Manila did their part to support Mr. Soliza and his crew remotely, so they could maintain the energy and focus to treat hundreds of shocked and displaced people throughout the day. The Manila matrix performed BodyTalk Access for the Outreachers at 5:00 pm that day, as they do every day at 5 o’clock. Additionally, a dedicated community of young boys and girls on a farm in Penaranda, Nueva Ecija—who had been trained by Outreacher Gemma Bunag—performed the BodyTalk Cortices technique for them. Despite the distance, all hands were on deck!
Story submitted by Marilen Abesamis