Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez reflected on the importance of gratefulness on Christmas Day a week after typhoon Odette (international name Rai) battered parts of Visayas and Mindanao including Cebu where she is from.
On Instagram, Beatrice or Bea wrote about her conversation with her mom and sister. ” In a phone call last night Mama and ate shared to me that they chose to settle for a simple meal, having only fast food takeouts for dinner since there’s still no water supply and electricity back home yet Mama reminded me of a valuable lesson as we celebrate a unique Christmas this year, that surviving the typhoon with my sister, our dogs Chabie and Choco, including all her beloved colony of stray cats was reason enough to be grateful.”
Being alive and her family she said was all that mattered.
“When adversities arise and you lose all the material things you have, being healthy and being with your family is all that truly matters. The only way to overcome each of life’s challenge is to thank God and to never stop counting your blessings. I owe it to Him to give back all the grace I’ve received this year. See you in a few days Cebu. Thank you to everyone who shared their blessings to the victims of typhoon Odette. Merry Christmas!”
Bea, who finished in the Top 5 of the Miss Universe pageant in Israel has been active in soliciting and calling for donations for those affected by Odette. A marine reservist, Bea will help in the donation drive once she’s able to go to Cebu.
Typhoon Odette is the 15th typhoon to hit the country and was the strongest so far this year. It has caused damage to many parts of Visayas and Mindanao including Siargao, Bohol, Cebu, Palawan, and Southern Leyte. As of Sunday, December 26, the death toll is now at 378.