• Fire victims celebrate new year with hope


    SOME 600 families rendered homeless by a fire that gutted their dwellings recently celebrated New Year with high hopes of immediate recovery.

    The homeless families along Guillermo Street in Purok 6, Barangay Bayanan, Muntilupa City, were evacuated to the Baywalk covered court and the nearby school.

    Although saddened by what happened to them, Lourdes Palomares said, most of the families were still happy for they survived the worst tragedy of their life.

    Seven individual families were living in the Palomares residence composed of the Palomares siblings.

    At present, members of the Palomares family are staying at the Baywalk covered court together with more than 20 other families.

    At the traditional Media Noche, some families though not related, gathered together for the New Year revelry.

    “The city government gave us a bag of Media Noche goodies that we cooked for a simple dinner,” she told The Manila Times.

    Roel Palomares, Lourdes’ brother said right after the celebration they would discuss among themselves what to do for their recovery.

    “After the New Year celebration, we will discuss among ourselves our plans but we are still hopeful that we could recover soon,” he said.

    On the first day of 2014, some members of the Palomares family gathered around their gutted house as some of their relatives visited them to check their condition.

    Emilyn Alcasoda, Lourdes and Roel’s sister, together with her husband, visited them on Wednesday after hearing about the fire on Monday.

    “We were worried because we have been texting them but nobody replied. My son informed me that he has seen my siblings’ house gutted by the fire,” she said.

    Lourdes said the fire destroyed not only their properties but also their dreams and aspirations to have a better life.

    This after their source of income —two sewing machines — were destroyed by the fire. The family lives by making rags.

    “We have nothing to live. Our livelihood was greatly affected by the fire. We saved nothing from the fire because it was so quick, we hurriedly left our home,” she added.

    Ariel Palomares said they would still want to live in their old place since they have been living there for more than 30 years.

    “If the government will only provide us with construction materials, we will be happy to rebuild our house in our old place and start the new chapter of our life,” he added.


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