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Filipino community worries about families after Typhoon Haiyan

Southern Colorado Reacts to Typhoon Haiyan

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Filipino community in Southern Colorado is feeling the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, as its members await news of their families.

Melissa Calcita is no stranger to typhoons. She lived in the Philippines until she was nine years old, and she lived through four typhoons.  

"I would hold the food that we have for the next day just knowing that we won't have food for weeks on end," she said.

This time, Calcita is witnessing the disaster from miles away. She doesn't know if her family is safe.

"I feel them hurt, and I wish I could be there," she said.

Haiyan triggered landslides that blocked roads, uprooted trees and ripped roofs off houses. Calcita's mother's home was destroyed. Her family's rice fields are gone.

"Finding out everything's gone, it's not like the states. You get help right away or you get a warm meal the next day. It's not like that," she said.

The president of the Filipino-American Community of Southern Colorado echoed Calcita's observations. She said life in the Philippines is tough as it is, and a disaster only makes it tougher. That's why the community plans to get together and help.

"For us to be here in the United States is almost like a blessing, because we have so much. We are so blessed, and so we give back," Ruby Ioapo said.

Ioapo said she knows the Philippines will bounce back just like in the past. Calcita is counting on her family, especially her uncle to do the same.

"Knowing him, I know he'll survive. He knows what to do for the family," she said. "For the sake of the family, he'll be okay."

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