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The devastating earthquake we experienced just recently (15th October 2013) and continued aftershocks is really something to reflect on.

Here’s some of my personal experience during the quake…

I thought at first that it was not real. I just finished my morning ritual and are about to head for work when I noticed our ceiling fan moves erratically. To think that it was not connected to the main switch at that time. It was pretty much different to my normal days as I start hearing commotions at the living room when all of my roommates run towards the exit door at the back. I lost my composure too due to the stir of panic and immediately followed the pack outside. I realized that it was indeed an EARTHQUAKE.

My neighbors too are in state of shock because of the ground shaking for more than 30 seconds and seeing the cable wires dancing, walls creaking, roofs rattling and debris from our neighbor’s old houses falling one by one.

I certainly couldn’t move and there was no sign that it was stopping. The scene outside the street was just total disarray. All I can hear were racketing, weeping and howling from children and oldies. Some knelt down in prayers to ask the Lord to stop the ground from trembling.

One thing I learned though… that in times the earth shakes, one must find refuge to a safer ground.

After several hours, Philvocs recorded a 7.2 magnitude that lasted for thirty-eight seconds. We might think it was just a short period of time to experience that horrible scene but it also took stingy seconds to alter the lives of many Cebuanos and Boholanos forever.

As of this writing, I just couldn’t imagine the devastation brought by the 7.2 quake to Cebu and most especially to Bohol province.

Still grateful though that God spared us and it is but fitting that at the time of desperation for our affected brothers and sisters in Bohol and some areas in Cebu, we should not forget to offer our helping hands, generous hearts and true bayanihan spirit in order for “SUGBOHOL” to rise again.

We pray for all our affected brothers and sisters. Amen.



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Here’s a mood changing story from one alumna working in MEPZ, Lapu-Lapu City.  We enjoyed reading his story and we hope you’ll enjoy it too.  If you also have some stories to tell, please email it to us at registered_nurse123@yahoo.com.

How’s your mood today?

As the old saying goes… when you wake up in a sulky mood surely you get up at the wrong side of the bed.

When I asked my nine-year old nephew, “how’s your mood today?”, he simply just said, “it depends… if you will not intimidate me today!”. Surprising yet clever answer from a kid who makes me feel sorry for asking.  Actually I am fond of making jokes to some of my nephews that they either end up crying or turns grumpy at the latter.  Speaking of moods, I also think that our dispositions at any given point in time may equally relate to that of the children.

I worked in MEPZ for quite some time now as an (position withheld) practitioner.  Every morning before going to work, I carry out with my morning ritual on the mirror trying to convince myself that I am happy and that I am as handsome as John Lloyd— hahaha.  Though most of the time it didn’t work, yet I always see to it that I started my day with a happy mood.

My mood transformation begins upon reaching the office.  As expected, the happy mood I had at the boarding house will gradually diminish when appalling stimuli from work will also begin to sinks in.  First, I’m hearing my boss yelling over the phone as if he was in a fight with someone in close confrontations.  A curious mood gets into my senses trying to know who that poor guy was at the other end of the line.

The daily scene in my work was just like seeing my very self at the middle of the crowd that nobody cares what the hell I am up to.

As I turn right, girls’ from gossip department are busy with their tittle-tattle and if I have the urge to hear what’s hot and what’ not in our organization, surely I end up having a sneaky and chatty mood at the corner with these girls.  To my left, the masculados from our engine-err-ing department are busy with something in the computers too.  For what I knew, these boys are watching some naughty content from the internet to feed in their minds and believe me you wouldn’t wanna know any further… hahaha.  Let’s just say, boys will always be boys.

My mood neutralized when the office clock reaches five, but just temporary. Because this time, I really need to take a deeper breath as the fracas continues.     It’s when I am taking a PUJ ride on a super busy traffic starting from MEPZ going to my boarding house in Sikatuna Street.  Imagine that! You’ll arrive late at night craving for what’s left in the kitchen.

If no left-over, my head turns hot and can even boil an egg at an instant… stress mood.

Now my turn to ask… how about your mood today?

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