Typhoon “Lawin” Damage

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Convent Roof Compromised

If my memory serves me right, the last typhoon that flooded Tagudin and outlying areas, tore up buildings and homes happened earlier this year or sometime late last year. That storm brought rains that made the river waters rise, overflowing its banks, inundating its tributaries with tons of water-borne mud, rocks, and debris that came raging downstream. Barangays like Sawat were cut off and the emergency response units had to ferry folks and their livestock to higher ground on make shift rubber rafts and other motorized water craft.

Another typhoon came by recently, only this time it didn’t spare the town proper. It directly hit the Sister’s convent. The hurricane-force winds tore up the convent roof made up largely of nailed corrugated tin sheets. Once the tiny swirls of dervishes (tornadoes) whirling along the fringes

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Ceiling slats couldn’t keep the rain off of convent furnishings

of the major gusts found the exposed seams of the corrugated tin sheets, it was only a matter of time until the entire roof was ripped off of its sub-roof foundations and underlayment.

With the roof compromised, the convent became a veritable open vessel for the torrential downpour. You can just imagine the devastating effect of the unchecked water pouring freely on exposed furniture, books, filing cabinets, chapel statuary, beds, linens, and other household items.

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Mayor Jun Verzosa inspecting the damage to the Sisters Convent

Headed by Mayor Jun Verzosa, local government officials inspected the damage to assess the repair costs. The ICM Sisters sent out requests for financial help to the alumni at large. SAS Batch 1958, headed by Mr & Mrs Niceto and Delia Batac of San Diego, CA., along with Engr Apolonio and Emilie Villanueva, Mr & Mrs Sam and Lolita Hassan, Mr & Mrs Fred and Margarita Lasmarias to name a few, immediately collected contributions and sent the amount to Sr. Nida

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SAS Class 1958 at the SAS Centennial

Buyuccan, ICM and Sr. Connie Gacutan, ICM.

We ask all fellow Augustinians to please take a few moments to make a generous donation toward the repair of the badly damaged Sister’s Convent. Thank you.

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  1. The “convent repair” donation sent to Directress, Sr Connie Gacutan, ICM, by members of SAS Batch 1958 was received. Here is their acknowledgement:

    From: Nida Buyuccan
    Date: November 6, 2016 at 9:22:00 PM PST
    To: “orchidel@yahoo.com”
    Subject: Re: donation
    Reply-To: Nida Buyuccan

    Dear Mam Delia and SAS Batch 58,

    Greetings from SAS!

    I would like to apologize for the delayed acknowledgement of your donation (Php 24,674.99) which was credited to SAS Metro Bank Account. Sr. Connie was not able to email you because their internet in the school (CKC, Sn Fdo. La Union) was not working these past days.

    Lawin has damaged our school. But this will not destroy our Spirit. Instead, it will bring out the best in each of us, in every alumus/ alumna, in every child of God. It will bind us closer as a people. Compassion, concern and generosity are sure too well outflow from our hearts. We will never be able to thank you enough. You are deeply etched in out hearts, more so in the heart of God!

    With much love, & gratitude from all of us.
    Sr. Nida
    Sr. Connie
    Sas Family

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