Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wrath of Haiyan/Typhoon Yolanda #‎lookingforlittletarin‬

From a distance, looking at the damage, the death and destruction that Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan brought to our countrymen seem so surreal.  My heart goes out to them… my heart breaks when I hear help has not reached them… my heart screams when I hear politicians blaming each other and my heart melts when I think of the trauma every little kid would have undergone.

And I cry when I read something like this…

I don’t know GeraldineSustento, but my co-worker/friend does.  She belonged to Batch ’98 of Saint Louis Girls’ High School, Baguio City (where I am an alumna), a Baguio-bred girl who settled in Tacloban City.

From my friend’s Facebook page:


This is Geraldine “Geo” Sustento together with her husband, Agit Sustento and 3 year old son Tarin Sustento. Geraldine or Geo as everyone calls her was born and raised in Mines View Barangay, Baguio City.

Early this year, they settled in Tacloban City,  her husband’s hometown. 

“This was what happened to Geo (as recounted by Joanna and DukeDuke Sustento - Agit's siblings):

Last November 8, 2013 @ around 5am in the morning, Geo together with the rest of the family members, were already awake and even had breakfast together. At 7 AM, as the storm continued to get stronger, water started to enter the house. They thought it was only rain water so they blocked the windows and doors with rags but the water started rising in just a few minutes. They decided to go out of their house even if the storm was still at its strongest. In the process, they broke the closest windows and held on to the metal bars for safety as the water continued to rise. Agit and his brother saw a life vest floating so they put it on Tarin. There was even an ice box floating nearby, so Agit said to Duke Duke to get it so he can put Tarin inside. Unfortunately, DukeDuke can't confirm if Agit was able to catch the box and what happened to them at that point because he got separated from them due to the strong current.

Joanna and the rest was still at their house and according to her, as the water got higher and inside the house, there was even a snake swimming with them. The snake bit Geo's hand. Joanna said she sucked the venom or blood from the bite. We are not sure if the snake was poisonous or not but anyway, Geo started to get nervous. The situation is worse than we thought. Joanna said that it was like your body and face are being hit with hard, cold ice. The water was so cold so everybody was already shaking. Tarin kept quiet the whole time, didn't even cry, but you can see the worry in his eyes too. His parents kept him close to them.

The flood happened in a matter of minutes. It rose up to 15 feet high.

At this point, nobody knows the exact details how Geo, Agit, Tito Cesar and Tita Thelma were taken.”

Geo’s sister Genevieve together with husband Karl and cousin Bibeth were in Tacloban City to check on the remains of Geo, Agit and Geo’s parents in laws. The bodies of Geo, Agit and Thelma Sustento have then been buried at Palo, Leyte

Our main concern now is Geo’s 3 year-old Son Tarin Sustento, who was swept away from his parent’s arms during the typhoon. According to a family member, before Tarin was swept away, his father Agit found a life jacket and placed it on him to save him and nobody can tell yet if his father was able to place Tarin on the floating ice box. The family and friends are hoping for miracle that Tarin could make it, that he was just somewhere else’s hand safe and sound. (Taken from Francine Kelly’s Status)

PLEASE HELP US FIND HIM no matter what the circumstance is, as long as her aunt Genevieve will have Tarin in her arms. "


ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Genevieve Bindo: 0905-663-3401 OR Bibeth Lacaden: 0917-590-9837

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  1. awww.. it is really heart breaking sis, i cant help but cry.. I hope and pray that the little boy survived.. =(

  2. I pray little Tarin survived and that he is being cared for well enough by those who found him. Sis, it looks like there is really a big lapse with officials...from your story, they didn't think much of the flooding and that the house could withstand the category 4 storm. I think di nagkulang ang PAGASA because I've been reading the updates and they warned of big waves. It's true that non-scientific people may not be that familiar with the term storm surge...but it is the duty of the officials to assess the extent of risk and danger and to disseminate information. Heartbreaking stories...hayyy

  3. Aileen, fault finding is a lost cause. Us civilians also need to know what category 4 storms are and yes, like the rest, I didn't know what it is until Yolanda. I hope Tarin is alive, I pray.

  4. There is still hope. Please read update here and share:

  5. i hope the little boy survived. the grandfather hasn't been found yet, right? heartbreaking stories of families torn apart because of the tragedy is just too much. :(

  6. unimaginable loss for such a beautiful family... i pray tarin is safe and warm in the caring hands of whoever found him... it's just so heartbreaking...

  7. My God, this is a heartbreaking story... so, so tragic. Prayers that a miracle will help find Tarin. My condolences to you and their loved ones...

  8. Such a heartbreaking story. As much as possible, I stop myself from reading such stories after Yolanda's devastation. For a mom, this really breaks my heart. I am praying that Tarin is still alive and safe. It is really sad that his parents died and he's just 3.

  9. Very sad story, I will share this post on my fb.I wish tarin made it.

  10. I'll share it to my social networks.. I hope this little act could help. :(

  11. As a Mom, this is really heartbreaking story. I'm praying and hoping that Tarin is out-there safe and secure. Hopefully the family will be reunited soon..

  12. A really heartbreaking story. I just hope he will be seen soon.

  13. I actually learned about Tarin last Sunday through Regine Velasquez's IG post. My heart broke into a million pieces, so I uttered a prayer for him. I couldn't imagine what this handsome boy has to go through.

  14. this is really heart breaking I hope Tarin will be found soon.

  15. I post on FB and tweeted. This is the only help I can do for now and prayed and hope little Tarin is alive and fine.

  16. This is truly heartbreaking. I thought everyone made it and little Tarin got missing. I didn't think his parents died, that's just so sad. I hope and pray too that he's now safe and warm in the hands of whoever found him. God, hope someone found him and that he's okay.

  17. Any update on Tarin?