Cristine Reyes and her family members have been rescued from the rooftop of their two-storey house in Provident Village, Marikina City. Flashfloods caused by tropical storm "Ondoy" (international codename, "Ketsana") stranded the actress and her family on the roof for 12 hours, starting Saturday, September 26, at around 1:00 p.m.
When she saw a "flashlight" approaching them, she saw a ray of hope.
"Pagdating ng 1:00 a.m., may dumadating na ilaw. Parang flashlight, tapos naalaala ko na sinabi ng kapatid ko, si Richard daw padating at may dalang speed boat. Inisip ko nga kung paano siya makakarating kasi sobrang dilim," recalled Cristine, during an interview aired on the September 28 episode of 24 Oras.
Richard narrated, "There was a point na talagang nagdadasal lang kami kasi ang lakas ng agos ng tubig, puwede kaming madala all the way to Riverbanks. I just did my own part to help out and to help out Cristine because she's my friend."
Cristine's voice broke as she thanked the persons who gave immediate help during her time of need.
First, she made mention of her siblings, who were the first to arrive on the scene using jet skis. "Unang-una, sa mga kapatid ko, dumating kayo. Pag [emergency] talaga, family ang maasahan mo."
She also thanked Richard, who arrived some time after. "Kay Richard, thank you so much, 'saka sa kaibigan niya na nagpahiram ng speed boat."
And she thanked her sister Ara Mina, with whom she is staying now. "Sa ate ko, sobrang nag-alala siya."
Finally, she thanked the public, "'Saka sa lahat ng tao na nagdasal para sa amin."
In a separate interview with ABS-CBN, Cristine showed the remains of her flooded house to Mario Dumaual. Thick mud covered the floors and walls of her house, and family possessions were scattered everywhere.
She told the veteran reporter: "Akala ko ending na naming lahat. Pero hindi pa rin ako nawalan ng pag-asa. Buti na lang po ligtas kami. Salamat po ng marami sa mga tumulong. Sa mga hindi pa po na-rescue, sana matulungan natin sila sa abot ng makakaya natin."
When asked about Richard Gutierrez's move to save her using a borrowed motorboat, she said, "Hindi po biro ang ginawa niya para sa amin. Hindi po talaga biro."
Cristine Reyes is now staying in the Quezon City home of her sister Ara Mina.
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