MANILA, Philippines- "I know how to make bubble. I can swim a little."
This was nine-year-old Kassandra Mae Yu-Villanueva's last message to her mother on Facebook a day before she disappeared when Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) struck Leyte on November 8.
Still missing almost a month after, her mother Jella Yu has now come to terms that Kassandra might have already joined her younger sister, Shamel Anne, who perished from the typhoon.
All Jella wants now is to find Kassandra's body.
The 34-year-old mother, who is working in Abu Dhabi, is putting up a P20,000 (S$570) bounty for those who can find her eldest daughter.
"We also distributed pictures of my daughter in Tacloban. I also put up a reward to whoever can find her body. Hope you can help me spread the pictures of my daughter please," Jella wrote to her friend.
From Abu Dhabi, Jella travelled 24 hours to Manila and then to Cebu before she could finally reach Tacloban City, one of the areas severely hit by the typhoon, to personally look for her two daughters, whom she left under the care of her elder sister, Jenny, and their 67-year-old mother Salome.
Jella said her mother and other relatives also perished from the typhoon.
Mother, other family members
From Cebu, she had to travel by sea to get to Ormoc where she took a bus to get to Tacloban City.
"I bought some grocery for my family and kids in Cebu. I was thinking that my daughters are already running out of food. It's a good thing there was a bus when we arrived in Ormoc," she said.