A visually-impaired man who was one of the super typhoon Yolanda survivors still hang on to hope that one day he will be reunited with his family.
Anthony Gabriel got separated from his when he was rescued and brought to an evacuation center during the typhoon (as per his mother’s advice) while his mother and siblings opted to stay in their house.
Until then, the blind singer never heard from his family again.
The pedestrians and the sound of the vehicles on the street became his source of comfort while he played his guitar and sang to earn money to feed himself.
His small earnings from singing on the streets was never enough so he agreed to join his friend on a trip to Boracay, Aklan as he was promised to be given money. Unfortunately, he was abandoned by his friend when they reached Dumangas, Iloilo.
Eventually, concerned citizens have turned him over to the Crisis Intervention Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Iloilo City where he is currently living. Despite being taken cared of by the personnel in the center, he still longs to be back with his family in Tacloban.
He would always sing and fiddle with his guitar to ease his longing and to remember his father; the one who taught him how to play the instrument.
It has already been communicated to DSWD Tacloban that Gabriel is in their custody and that he got separated from his family since the typhoon. Now they are waiting for Tacloban’s feedback on their mission to find his family.
Whoever knows where Anthony Gabriel’s family is, please contact and coordinate with DSWD Tacloban:
Office Address: Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City 6500
Phone Number: (053) 321 3090