Sometimes you hear a story and it changes …

Not this time.

You know how sometimes you hear a story from someone and then days or months or years later you hear the “real story”. Well this happened to me on one of my last nights in the Philippines as I was talking with Principal Frecie Herrada de Angel (Tanza Elementary School).

We were talking in general about the after affects of Typhoon Yolanda and she told me of a relative of hers who had lost their mother and daughter during the storm surge and the oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo. I won’t relay the story again here I will let you read it for yourself, as I stumbled across the same story on the internet only this week while researching material for this website. It holds so much power when you have previously heard a story like this one.

If you could, will you take the time to read this lady’s story?

Clean up after 3,500 litres of oil was dumped onto the shoreline of Estancia after Typhoon Yolanda (not my photograph).
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Written by Melinda J. Irvine

Melinda J. Irvine is a professional writer, small business owner, and daily blogger — helping real people like you find their voice and share their burning message with the world (and their employees). In her spare time, Mel is busy building (and writing) a free online learning centre for the marginalised kids of Estancia, Philippines.


    1. thanks for taking the time Sandy to read this in full.

      returning to Estancia for Christmas there is now a large banner with the picture of the lady and her baby positioned on the place where they both died. very haunting.

      mel xx

  1. Incredible that such a large corporation does not even have the compassion to look after one of it’s own employees, very sad.

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