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Nov 11, 2013 8:48 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Local woman born and raised in Philippines loses home

On the Central Coast, local Filipinos are hearing more and more about the devastation left in the wake of Friday's massive typhoon.
Connie Colindon came to the U.S. ten years ago looking for work. When her parents died, they left Connie her childhood home in the Philippines. Although it needed work, she made it a priority to fix it up and keep in her family. But after Friday's typhoon, everything changed.

"He saw it and he called me and I said, so what happen to my house? And he said, it's all gone, there's only concrete left," said Colindon about a phone call she had with her son still in the Philippines.

He was the first to see the destroyed home.
She says most of her family live right where the typhoon made landfall.
Her childhood home is now one of the thousands left in ruins.

"It was originally from my parents, it was run down, and I started working abroad and I built it back up," said Colindon, who poured thousands of dollars into renovations at the home.

While the Philippines sit in the middle of the world's most storm-prone region, Typhoon Haiyan was what some are calling the worst.
That means many homes just aren't prepared.

"It's very rare that the people there have solid concrete houses, but we have never experienced that type of typhoon," said Colindon.

What used to be towns are now gone. Thousands, including her family, now living in packed evacuation centers.

"The winds were very strong." Said Colindon. "The island right across from my home town just got wiped out."
However, she says she won't let this storm be the end for the place where she grew up.
"I told them hang in there, and I'll try my best to rebuild the house," said a tearful Colindon.

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