Young girl floating on banana trunk saved by middle-aged man. Both in Cebu from Tacloban in search of family

posted on: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Rodel Montebon
Katkat, katkats everywhere.

Rex Madronero, a middle aged man lost his parents but saved a young girl floating on top of a banana trunk.

His mother Tonya Madronero died while his father, Federico Madronero is still missing when super typhoon Yolanda battered Tacloban, Leyte on Nov. 7, 2013.

Both, Madronero and Trisha Mae Lamsin, a 10-year old refugee from Leyte are in Cebu looking for their loved ones.

They arrived in Lapu-Lapu City in the morning of Nov. 15, 2013 on board a Philippine Navy vessel.

Madronero saw Lamsin and another unidentified girl in the water clutching on a banana trunk after the storm

The unidentified girl was later reunited with her family.

Lamsin struggled to stay afloat when she was found in barangay 54, Tacloban, eight kilometers from barangay Alimasag where she is from.

She said she was with her mother and aunt before the raging waters separated them.

Madronero who was also searching for his father helped the little girl searched for her family but in vain.

Until, Madronero decided to bring her along to Cebu.

Here, both of them begin another search.

This time they hope they will find what they are looking for.

Below Madronero shares his experience in Tacloban and Lamsin calling out for mother and aunt.

It has been a week since the killer storm Yolanda struck Eastern Visayas killing more than 2,000 people.

Survivors of Yolanda in Tacloban are getting hungry and are fearing for their lives as the place is plunged in darkness at night and looting is rampant.


Madronero plans to turn over Lamsin to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

If anyone knows Trisha Mae Lamsin, you can reach this number,  09981636908 and look for Rex Madronero.