The Edmond Sun

Oklahoma State House

November 25, 2013

Ada woman hoping for news of missing brother

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Ada — Searching for Perfecto

   When Oliver learned that Poblete was going to the Philippines, she asked him to help find her brother. Poblete agreed to search for Perfecto, even though the chances of finding him are slim.

   “This late, it’s going to be hard,” Poblete said. “We’ve searched all the Internet resources to find relatives and she (Oliver) has, and so far, no word.”

   Oliver said she is relying on her faith, and the support of friends and relatives, to comfort her while she waits for news of her brother.

   “Just pray, I guess,” she said. “Pray for everybody.”

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   Ed Poblete, director of the Outreach Compassion Center, released this statement last week:

   On behalf of the Filipino-American community living in Ada and surrounding cities, we thank all those who have showered us with calls, text messages and Facebook postings expressing concern and inquiring about the well-being of our families in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, also called Yolanda.

   The Filipino people are accustomed to surviving natural calamities. The nation is hit by an average of 20 typhoons per year, and the archipelago sits on the “Pacific ring of fire,” with numerous active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. The spirit of resiliency is the hallmark of the Filipino people. They will survive and move on!

   Sadly, Typhoon Haiyan hit with such overwhelming destruction that without international relief aid, more lives would perish due to hunger, thirst and disease. We are touched by the outpouring of donations from the U.S. government, the Chickasaw Nation, area churches, businesses and individuals. We hope that you will continue giving to a good charitable organization that you trust to use the funds prudently and with integrity.

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