Jennica Garcia couldn't stop her tears while narrating her ordeal when she was trapped in her house in Commonwealth, Quezon City for a few hours due to floods wrought by typhoon Ondoy.
The young actress, who played Dennis Trillo's leading lady in the recently-concluded GMA-7 primetime soap Adik Sa 'Yo, was clearly in trauma while speaking in an interview with Lhar Santiago of 24 Oras.
"Natataranta po ako kasi naririnig ko po yung mga tao, yung kapatid daw po niya na-trap sa first floor, namatay. Tapos mga tao po nakakapit sa puno, maya-maya po bigla na lang po siyang bibitaw," Jennica said.
The waters submerged the whole first floor of the house she shares with her mom, actress Jean Garcia, her seven-year-old brother, and an aunt. They were trapped on the second floor.
Jennica barely controlled her paranoia when her father, former actor Jigo Garcia, who was conducting his own rescue operation, consoled her through text messages. Jigo was apologetic because he couldn't save his daughter.
The young actress tearfully recounted, "Nagre-rescue rin po kasi yung papa ko. Sabi po niya sa akin, 'Anak, pasensiya ka na, ang dami ko nang taong natutulungan dito, nare-rescue'ng mga bata... Pero ikaw na anak ko, hindi ko ma-rescue. Pasensiya ka na,' kasi hindi raw po siya makadaan."
Jigo is a barangay captain in one of the barangays of Quezon City.
Towards the end of the long nightmare, Jennica said she had to stay strong for her family. She instructed her young brother to stay strong as well, because she'd ask him to swim to safety once she finds something light that he can hold on to.
"Sabi ko rin po sa kanya na, 'Huwag kang magpapakita na kabahan, na malulungkot ka. Kailangan strong ka, baby. Kasi si Mama, si Ninang, naha-high blood na sila, kinakabahan na sila. Mas lalo silang malulungkot kapag nakikita nila na nasasaktan ka...' Nakita ko po siya sa loob ng cabinet, siguro nawala..." Jennica said, before finally breaking down.
A GOOD FRIEND. Jennica also thanked fellow Kapuso star Jennylyn Mercado and her mom, Mrs. Lydia Mercado, for letting her family and neighbors seek refuge in their home, with no reservation or complaint.
"May dala rin po kaming mga kapit-bahay. Si Mama, hiyang-hiya po. Una sabi niya, 'Jennylyn, this is my neighbor, I'm sorry, ganyan.' Maya-maya po, limang ganun na, limang balik na. 'Jennylyn, this is my neighbor.' Tapos wala, wala pong reklamo sina Jennylyn," she said.
This is the second time that the house Jennica lived in met bad fate. Their house in San Juan was burned in 2003.