I thought I’d repost some photos from Happy, Clarissa and Monica’s most recent grocery run — okay, not literally theirs, because someone else did it for them this time — but once again, almost all the donations came from people on Facebook through Happy’s Paypal account.
Tadlak is a barangay in the municipality of Los Banos, my hometown, in the province of Laguna. If you Google “Tadlak” you’ll see a pretty photograph of Tadlak Lake — practically a pond, really, and barely showing up on a map next to Laguna de Bay. I think it must have been this same lake that overflowed after Ondoy came through.
There is no evacuation/relief center in Tadlac which, as Happy reminded me, is only 1 kilometer away from the main highway.
I’m reposting some of the photographs with Happy’s original captions.
Tadlak was still flooded as of yesterday.
Here were some of the relief goods purchased from the Facebook donations. (About half of that batch of donations went towards a grocery run for Sta. Cruz, Laguna.)
One of those mats, by the way, costs about $2.85 — about the same price as a tall caffe mocha at Starbucks. The mosquito net, crucial to preventing the spread of dengue fever, for starters, is a little pricier: the same price as a grande caramel macchiato.
Please see my previous post, which includes various links where you can donate online!