The body of the missing US Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell was found dead in Battad village at around 10:30 am.
The cause of death has yet to be determined. In her blog “Julia in the Philippines“, her last entry dated January 13, 2007 was strangely entitled “Buhay Pa Tayo”.
One of the most familiar phrases people say here when you ask them how they are is “Eto” (here) or “Buhay pa” (still alive). Never has it had more meaning than in recent weeks here as we recover from one of the worst typhoons to hit the Philippines in decades.
I have written much in my blog lately – mostly because I’ve been busy, sometimes because I just don’t know what to say anymore. When Typhoon Reming struck us on Nov. 30, 2006, hitting Legaspi (my new home) dead center, we all experienced a brush with serious injury, if not death. For a few minutes there, as the flood waters rushed inside my little apartment on Marquez Street, I wondered, ‘Is this the way it’s going to be?’ I’ll drown right here inside my tiny apartment far away from my family and friends? Thankfully the water stopped rising at my waist and the pressure was off.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Julia Campbell.