Waiting Game: US Filipinos Pray for Loved Ones

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For the 3 million Filipinos living in the United States, hoping for news about the devastation in their homeland is a painful waiting game with no end in sight.

"I feel sad about my country, my countrymen," one person named Corazon said.

It's perhaps the most difficult for those still unable to reach members of their families, like Frankie Tripoli.

Even as he runs his seafood business, his thoughts are with his sister and brother, who live in hard-hit Laytee.

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"I just keep watching the news," he said. "I try to call but I cannot reach it."

For Edgar Buna, there are tears as he worries about his family's safety and well-being. There's no word from them since the typhoon struck.

"I have my family there, my parents and two brothers," he said. "I'm just hoping that I can contact them and hear their voice."

Naomi Estaris is waiting to hear from friends.

"It's a wait-and-see game," she said. "That's what's so disheartening. There is not a solution for that. We're Facebooking and we're Twittering."

Estaris is organizing donations from some 40,000 of her countrymen in southeast Virginia.

She's trying to reach friends in the Philippines and she's taking the advice of a close friend on the ground there she's heard from.

"I have a philanthropic friend whose out there and she just said, 'Naomi, keep on praying because that's all we can do at this point is to pray."

For now, the praying and waiting and news-watching continue as Filipinos here hope for the best.

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