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We are all connected...Flooding in the Philippines

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Ann Kullberg | 62 Comments

Manila is under water.  Flooding from monsoons have left nearly 300, 000 homeless, with a death toll of 500 and climbing. It's pretty bad...

But what does that have to do with you?

For the past two years, CP Magazine has been expertly and beautifully designed each month by Garry Dimapilis...who happens to live in Manila.

I sent Garry the raw materials for the September issue of CP Magazine a few days ago.  Normally, Garry replies with a "Got it." almost immediately.  In fact, I think maybe Garry never sleeps, because no matter what time of day I email him, he replies within minutes! 

But this time, I didn't hear from Garry until last night.  He wrote simply that there was a storm and that he would get back to me as soon as possible.

A quick Google search later and I saw the full impact of his understatement. Yes, I suppose it was a storm...but the full story is that there's serious mass flooding throughout the city and country.  I imagine Garry and his loved ones have had to evacuate their homes.

I've found over the years that colored pencil artists are just the nicest, nicest people.  Truly.  I've tried to figure out why....What is it about colored pencil that attracts really sweet human beings?  Is it that they have to have patience?  Is it that people who like detail have noticed throughout their lives the "detail" that being kind makes for an easier path through life?  Is it because it's a new medium, an "underdog" in the art world, and aware of that...we all share with each other generously?

Whatever the reason...I have faith in our loyal CP Magazine readers that we will keep Garry in our thoughts, and will wait patiently for the September issue.  If you would like to wish Garry safety and encouragement (or tell him how much you enjoy his beautiful design work!), please leave a comment.  I'll make sure he sees them.

So...we apologize...the September issue might be a few days late...but it will be worth the wait, I promise!

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Shirley
Shirley

August 24, 2013

Garry, my prayer is that God will provide you with all that you need to return your life and the lives of your countrymen to normal. Thank you for the beauty that you bring into our lives through your work.

Beth
Beth

August 24, 2013

Hoping things are improving, Garry. I really appreciate your work and know many others do as well.

Karen Hull
Karen Hull

August 24, 2013

Love and prayers to you and your family Gary – may you and your entire community be back to some kind of normality as soon as possible.

Sherry
Sherry

August 23, 2013

Praying for your family and country during this extremely difficult time! Pray for your safety, your health and recovery! God Bless you and yours in the coming months!

Tess Lee Miller
Tess Lee Miller

August 22, 2013

What a wonderful out-pouring of sympathy, concern and love from so many people. It does give one hope that all is not lost quite yet in this country. Garry – and Ann – thank you so very much for the beautiful magazine you produce each month. I have no doubt it will be worth the wait! Garry, you are indeed in my prayers along with your family, friends and loved ones…take care, and be safe, knowing that God’s grace is still amazing! :)

kjgordon
kjgordon

August 22, 2013

Garry, We are praying for the safety and recovery of your family and countrymen. We are sorry to learn of the storm that has left so much damage and havoc.

Ann Kullberg
Ann Kullberg

August 22, 2013

UPDATE! I just heard from Garry. He wrote the following:

Hi Ann,

Thank you and please thank everyone of your subscribers for their prayers and support. We really appreciate them. It’s always nice to know that people still care about others.

Regards,
Garry

Luis Barrios
Luis Barrios

August 22, 2013

Garry my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care

Rosalie Roscoe
Rosalie Roscoe

August 22, 2013

Garry, keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Barb Nelson
Barb Nelson

August 22, 2013

Gary – Thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, friends, and all the people and animals of Manila that have been hit by this awful tragedy. May you all persevere in rebuilding your lives as quickly as possible.

Margaret
Margaret

August 22, 2013

Thoughts and hope for you all.

Lenore Dafoe
Lenore Dafoe

August 21, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Garry and his family and friends at this time. I hope he and they are all safe. Garry does such a beautiful job with the magazine. Stay safe Garry.

Denise
Denise

August 21, 2013

Garry
I hope you and your family are safe. Whenever the magazine happens will be soon enough. Your wellfare is the most important reality right now.

Yvonne
Yvonne

August 21, 2013

Garry, I shall keep you and your family in my daily prayers. I ask God to protect all your lovd ones and that he raises up Manila from this disaster. May God bless you in this critical time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Susan Kroh
Susan Kroh

August 21, 2013

Dear Garry and family, I hope and pray that you all are okay. Please don’t worry about the magazine – we can wait! Your situation and that of your country is so much more important to all of us. Praying for safety and security for all.

Cynthia Embree-Lavoie
Cynthia Embree-Lavoie

August 21, 2013

Garry – I’m so sorry to hear about the terrible floods. I visited the Philippines last fall and it is such a beautiful country and the people are so warm. Sending good wishes and prayers for the safety of you and your family.

Cynthia

Linda Biedermann
Linda Biedermann

August 21, 2013

We need to look for opportunities to contribute to aid for those affected by this flooding. Perhaps Gary can guide us in this. In the mean time we will look forward to a late, but great, magazine.

Polly Place
Polly Place

August 21, 2013

Garry, so sorry to hear about your situation. I will be praying for you and your family, and your country. Stay strong and safe, we can wait for the magazine.

Tricia Hammond
Tricia Hammond

August 21, 2013

Your work is so beautiful and professional. And now we know a little more about who you are. I’m sorry that you and your loved ones are going through such a terrible time . Life seems very unfair sometimes. I hope that the situation improves soon and that you come away from it without any permanent loss. Take care of yourself please. The magazine can surely wait.

Babci Cathy
Babci Cathy

August 21, 2013

Garry, I hope your family is safe and that your lives get back to normal soon. We’ll all be waiting patiently for the magazine and word from you that things are improved.

Linda
Linda

August 21, 2013

Garry, I’m so glad Ann posted this story so we have the opportunity to pray for you and your family. Be well, be safe…you are lifted in prayer .

Marilyn Copeland
Marilyn Copeland

August 21, 2013

Our Daughter and family lives in Cebu and are home till Nov. then they go back for two yrs. Sure glad they are home.. We will keep Gary and family and the people in the surrounding areas in our prayers..

marilyn  wilson
marilyn wilson

August 21, 2013

Ann let us know your suation Garry. You will be in the prayers of many fellow colored pencil friends. Hope the water recedes soon and your family and all your friends and neighbors get back to your normal routines. My daughter in laws family stil lives about 200 miles south of Manilla, Subic Bay area. Take care. Marilyn

Sheryl  Morris
Sheryl Morris

August 21, 2013

Oh my goodness!.. yes safety first,, magazine can wait, absolutely! Prayers sent up for Gary and family.. these floods happening all over the planet are becoming quite concerning.. gosh even here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada we had floods and still have people displaced out of home . Floods are awful to endure.. thanks be we were blessed, the water held off just at it hit the park road,, had it breeched, we too would have been out of home.. floods are so awful and scary ! Passing on many prayers and blessings to Gary and family and all lives enduring this flooding in the Philippines. Very sad for all the lives lost.. oh so sad.. :( Shall be looking on FB for funding for relief for this flooding and share out to all !

Gloria
Gloria

August 21, 2013

Praying for all those affected by the flood. Our d-i-l, Emma, is Filipino, and our grandchildren are half-Filipino. They live in the U.S., but Emma has family in the Philippines. We hope everyone is safe!

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