Saturday, January 13, 2007

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.

But there were others here who were not so lucky. In a freak of nature, Typhoon Reming dumped what some say was 40 years of rain in one day. Heavy winds helped send torrents of water from the top of Mount Mayon crashing down on Legaspi below. So many times I've looked at Mayon and thought, 'How beautiful.' But now I look at her and think, what will she do next? As many of you know from news accounts, Mayon sent tons of volcanic mud, rocks and water barrelling down on homes below, killing hundreds in the path. Though I live much farther from the base of the volcano, the water and mud came tearing through my little neighborhood too, in a flashflood, carrying cars, refridgerators and rooftops before our eyes. But we, of course, were the lucky ones.

Just today, I went to visit the people of Padang. They have been relocated to a safer place now, but are living in a tent city with few latrines and no good potable water. The walls of their temporary shelters are made of tarp and their floors are mud. This, after surviving a massive lahar that wiped out their village and took with it more than 200 of their family members. In the days after the storm, myself and other Peace Corps volunteers went to Padang to help the people there. We met some new friends and became celebrities to the hundreds of kids there. After a short break, I returned to teaching at my local college but decided to visit the evacuees at their relocation site this morning. "I thought you had forgotten us," said one woman, as many came to say hello. I don't think I could ever forget them.

But it is hard to visit people you know are suffering and yet there is little you can do to help. Peace Corps as many of you know is not a relief organization and does not necessarily involve itself in relief work. For those of us affected by the typhoon, we are trying to do what we can to help. Thanks to those of you who contributed in December, we were able to give them a little cheer at Christmastime. With your generous donations, we gave each child a pair of flip-flops (tsinellas) and at T-shirt, plus some give-away toys. We also bought hundreds of household gifts and held a family Christmas raffle. One of our volunteers, Alvin, who is big and jolly, played Santa. We all had a lot of fun and it was good to see the kids laugh again.

I'm trying to think of a way to help, even if it's just to visit the kids and say hello and lend support. There is a great little new American relief group here now, Hands On, based out of Boston. It's a funky little group that just gives people a chance to volunteer all over the world when there is a disaster. They will be here for three months at least and I'm hoping I can work with them on helping out those in need here. Come join us! Or donate, if you can...


Blogger Belle TH said...

Julia, I have been reading your interesting blog for quite some time now and I enjoyed every post immensely. I am originally from Catanduanes, now residing in AZ, USA and I can relate on what have you have through in the Phil. It is heart rendering and I can't help not to cry. Our people in Catanduanes suffered just as much, if not more, though with one consolation that there were few casualties. We did the best we could to collect donations from people around the world to help ease with the recovery. kudos to you and your collegues for your effort in bringing the smile back to the faces of the children.

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3:06 AM  
Blogger votymedia said...

julia dear...
for finding the heart of a volunteer,
you have already made heaven here on earth...
whisper to God how life is truly beautiful here in the Philippines...

kuya ems

3:05 AM  
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3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adieu Julia. For those whose lives you have touched, you shall be sorely missed.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Angelo and Tonichi said...

"I'm trying to think of a way to help," - I hope many people follow Julia's example, not only for the Philippines but also for other, especially what they call 3rd World, countries.

3:52 AM  
Blogger the_bitchiest_bitchin_bitch said...

hey julia, i know you're not in here anymore...hopefully they'll be able to find whoever prick did it to you...they've just found your body, i heard in the news. i feel sorry that this is what you get from helping our country..hopefully you'll get justice. you're a good person. haaay. god bless your soul and your family. you will be missed a lot by the people you've helped and your family and friend. tank you so much for all your efforts in helping the filipino people.

3:55 AM  
Blogger aims said...


First of all,I would like to send my warmest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of this wonderful person named JULIA.
I have only known her just a few days ago upon hearing from the local news about her disappearance.A few minutes ago,I've learned that she was found dead on the mountains of bengued.
Sad to say that such a good person's life was put to an end by such a traggic incident.We Filipinos are very grateful to have people like her contributing and helping the lives of our people even without anything or so much consolation in return.
Truly,from our hearts,in behalf of all the Filipinos...Thank You JULIA..

4:14 AM  
Blogger mherson said...

salamat julia............
sa kaituburan ng aming mga
puso(lahat ng mga filipino)SALAMAT!!!
"From d bottom of our hearts(from all d filipinos)THANK YOU!!!!!
Were deeply sorry&saddened for losing such a wonderful person like you.....Hopefully you'll get justice,
and yeah ur right,"Buhay ka lagi sa aming puso't isipan"(Ur always alive in our hearts and our minds)"Mahal ka namin at di makakalimutan"(we love and never forget you)

5:07 AM  
Blogger Poncho said...

My deepest condolences to Julia. Thank you for helping the Philippines become a bettter country. May she rest in peace.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Jose Antonio said...

Rest in peace and God bless you.

6:40 AM  
Blogger ISHS 1954 said...

Thank you for extending your real life achievements to into the virtual. Condolences to Julia's loved ones.

7:17 AM  
Blogger ISHS 1954 said...

...and yes, best of luck where you are now. Salamat at ingat.

7:21 AM  
Blogger nemiXX said...

Condolence to the loved ones of Julia. I know she has touched lives and will also be remembered by those people.. God Bless..

8:00 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I had the amazing good fortune to become friends with Julia while traveling in the Philippines recently. And I don't have many words at the moment to properly honor her because I am too much in shock.

To her friends and family: I had dinner with her the night before she disappeared, in Sagada with a group of her friends and one of mine. It was the next day that she went on to Banaue and Batad.

We had a great time that night, she was happy and really looking forward to be going back to New York soon. I admired how respectful she was towards learning about Filipino culture -- she wanted to take intermediate Tagalog in New York later this year and was trying to convince me to do the same so we could form a Tagalog conversational group here. She had lots of great stories about her time in Bicol and the kind Filipinos she'd met -- especially the little boys who wanted to decorate her nipa hut for her.

She talked a lot about her friends in New York, if any of you are reading this. She missed you and said she'd had a very difficult time leaving you all behind to pursue the Peace Corps at this point in her life -- i.e. not as a young ungrounded person but as a 38 year old who was rooted in Brooklyn already. She said more than once how happy she was in New York and how she had a close group of friends there.

She was a great person, needless to say. I am so sorry for your loss, and in a small way for mine in not getting to see her again. I was looking forward to hanging out with her in New York and swapping more stories with her.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Barber_rick said...

As a former PCV who served in the Phillippines in the 80's I was shock to hear of Julia's passing. I wish to offer my deep condolences to her family, friends and students. You made a difference Julia.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not personally know you Julia but you have touched me. You are the perfect example of how people should live their lives, that is in service. You are an inspiration to all. Your senseless death, i learned, isn't senseless anymore because you lived and died fulfilling a long time dream and inspired me and others to live life in service and to its fullest.
Thank you for helping us Filipinos.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Rodney said...

Julia, I don't know you personally but THANK YOU for giving your life to people whom you have no bloodline nor family relations. There must be something that you saw in the people you were with that made you stay.

It's unfortunate that things went this way. Unfair, it is. But what matters is that you came to this country, taught what you knew and left empty.

Your legacy will continue. Your life touched many people. Your love made the people around you more human.

God bless you, Julia.

9:00 AM  
Blogger blueseo said...

My deepest condolences to Julia. God bless your soul and your family. you will be missed a lot by the people you've helped and your family and friend.

9:01 AM  
Blogger tin said...

Thank you Julia, may you rest in peace.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Norway said...


9:20 AM  
Blogger jekjek said...

tnx julia for all the things you have contributed to our country,within your own way of helping, many hearts are touched within your kindness,may the great god bless you.. and 'ATE' julia, may you rest in peace.. and you already finish your mission here in the earth.... HELPING...LOVING..CARING...and.... LIVING WITH GOD.. tnx again... mabuhay ka ATe JULIA!.

Philippines LOVEs you love you

9:44 AM  
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9:45 AM  
Blogger Janus said...

gracias for helping our country... Truly, you inspired us Filipinos and the whole world with your good deeds...

9:47 AM  
Blogger nell said...

you shared life to those who needs life...

you dream for others.

you dont just give hope,

because you made it happen.

you've shared so much

you touch lives.

Goodbye julia.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Walter said...

How sad that her life ended so soon. One cannot help by ask why? She could have done more to make a difference in the lives of many others.

May her family and loved ones find solace in knowing she shared the last years of her life with a country that needed someone like her.

R.I.P. Julia Campbell

11:06 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

If anyone knows of a New York service for Julia, please post it here. I don't know how else to find out about it as I only met her in the Philippines volunteering. I'm based in Brooklyn myself.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Rest In Peace Sweetie

12:31 PM  
Blogger sharon said...

I saw the story of Julia in the News and I want to say THANK U for helping our people in the Philippines. you're so nice and loving person. as my fellow countrymen here posted how thankful we are... I would like to send my deepest condolences and may you rest in peace with're such a great person. MARAMING SALAMAT!!! ate Julia! :) for sacrificing your life for other people.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Lyle, RN said...

Julia, you will forever live in the hearts and minds of the countless lives you have touched.

May you rest in peace.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Joaquin Tirado said...

". . . this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you . . ." or was it? thank you, john.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...


You will not have died in vain... your legacy serves as an inspiration for me and many many others to be better humans and to live a more Christian life. That is the greatest accomplishment that any of us could ever have

rest in peace, dear angel and thank you

Atlanta, GA

2:07 PM  
Blogger Sentiant said...

To Julia's family.

I'm am greatly saddened upon reading of her death. I know not Julia nor you her family, but I have followed the story of her disappearance all this time and news of her demise brings me great sadness.

Sadness... because your daughter was a model of what an american citizen is and should be. How unfortunate that there are many in this world who do not share our views of freedom and prosperity and in helping those of the world see a better way.

Thank You Julia for being a great American and helping when so many just want to give up.

Thank You Julia's family for having raised such an awesome human and a woman that gave of herself to help others in need.

Julia, may you rest in the arms of the one that knows your name from before you were born.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Emel said...

my condolences to Julia's family and friends...

3:33 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Julia, thank you for your kindness and for having a resolve to help those who are in need. May you rest in peace. We will never forget you.

Condolences to Julia's family.

4:16 PM  
Blogger castertroy web designs said...

Condolences to Julia's family...

God is smiling today... because Julia is there by HIS side. No other child He want more but her.

(Jesus said:) "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14.1-3)


4:46 PM  
Blogger temyong said...

it puts me to a level of anguish knowing what happened to a kind woman who made a difference and impact into our lives. how sad.. let me just quote a scripture which says, "let's repay evil with good."

may you rest in peace Julia. thank you for helping my fellow Filipinos..

5:10 PM  
Blogger U.T.O.Y said...


We were in Batad also in April 6-7. After the treacherous alleys and stairs, gping up was a hurdle.

I too was alone going up. Hindi ko alam delikado pala. I even bragged about it in my blog that I came first at the entry point 30 minutes ahead of my 5 colleagues. GOD i feel numb when I heard about this news.

I am very sorry Julia. Filipinos are loving people and I cannot imagine how and why this has happened.

You are with my prayers. Hopefully you'll find peace wherever you may be.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Pinas said...

We adore, admire, and loves you.

We hope and pray that the good Lord bless and keep you now.

- Pinas

6:46 PM  
Blogger cass said...

gud a.m..... i heard over the news that you wre lost for a week and im so sad bout 8.....i had read your blog and it really touches my heart

7:01 PM  
Blogger gors123 said...

may you rest in peace. thank you for making a difference in this world. you will continue to live through the lives that you have touched profoundly.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Sir Meduranda's Home page said...

Julia Campbell is an epitomy of American generosity and kindness. I am so disheartned about her death. She's so lovely in the pictures and so warm....

The entire Filipino nation is grieving for her death.... We are hoping for speedy investigation to the cause of her death....

Julia wheree

7:12 PM  
Blogger Sir Meduranda's Home page said...

Julia Campbell is an epitomy of American generosity and kindness. I am so disheartned about her death. She's so lovely in the pictures and so warm....

The entire Filipino nation is grieving for her death.... We are hoping for speedy investigation to the cause of her death....

Julia whereever you are WE LOVE YOU!!!!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Gibo said...


it is so sad that your stay in the philippines had to end this way. thank you for coming to the philippines and for helping. your life will now be an eternal challenge for us, to love our country more. our prayers are with you always.


p.s. our condolences to your family. you have a daughter/relative you can be eternally proud of.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not know Julia personally but I was shocked to hear the news. It's really saddening that a good person like her gets this kind of disgrace from some pricks who do not know anything but to harm other people's innocent lives. I am really ashamed of my fellowmen in this regard. I am deeply sorry for not getting the fair treatment you truly deserve. whoever did this to you, may they rot in hell.

Peace be with you. God bless your family always ...

8:05 PM  
Blogger TK said...

I am a Filipino.
as a Filipino, I feel the need to apologize to you and to your family.

I know it isn't enough- even if we all express sorrow for your passing, it will never be enough. We will never know the pain your family is going through right now.

as we, Filipinos, pray for JUSTICE, we also pray for forgiveness from GOD, from you, and from your family.

8:18 PM  
Blogger ray said...

Julia, dear. How ironic that your last entry is entitled, "Buhay Pa Tayo". But it is perhaps also fitting because after living the life that you lived, you will always remain alive in the hearts and minds of many, mine included. Not to mention that you are now safe in the hands of our Heavenly Creator.

May your life inspire others to serve as you did – sincerely and wholeheartedly without thought of recognition or reward.

To Julia’s family, I will keep you in my prayers in this difficult time. May you find comfort in the graciousness of God.

8:19 PM  
Blogger zerovoltage said...

I agree about ray's comment on Julia's last entry. a loving person like you would live forever in the hearts of many.

Rest in peace, and condolences to those that you leave behind.

9:06 PM  
Blogger DaKopiBoi Made His Mark at: said...

i dont really know if filipino nga ang nagmurder kay julia...

may you rest in peace julia...
i am sad that this happens here pa sa philippines.

sana mabigyan ng hustisya...

9:07 PM  
Blogger Cleo said...

To the relatives of Julia,

May Julia rest in eternal bliss.

The Philippines lost a true friend.

If her death was caused by someone, may his/her identity be known immediately, and may he/she be brought to justice without delay.

9:36 PM  
Blogger blackbutterfly said...

Ms. Julia Campbell- an angel sent from above.. ö

Shared blessings to the lowly. Surely she had bring a piece of heaven to the Filipinos. Reached out in all the ways she could.

Sad to say, her mission has ended. But for sure, you've finished your journey greatly and will receive the reward of heaven.

I pray that there will be JUSTICE.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Junie said...

I'm sorry to hear about the lost of such a noble person who gave up a lot to help the less fortunate in our country. May your dedication live on in other PCV's scattered all over the Philippines. In behalf of all of us here...THANKS.

10:06 PM  
Blogger mara said...

You are an inspiration. Thank you. Thank you.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Giovanni said...

Julia Campbell, who touch my life with your senserity to the filipino people, as i read all your blogs posted, many things ive learned as a VOLUNTEER, i if have a chance i want to join "HANDS ON" volunteer, i want my life USEFULL as like u....i know your in GOD's hands......may u rest in peace JULIA...For all filipino please include JULIA CAMPBELL to our PRAYERS....

10:42 PM  
Blogger Jonox said...

Mananatili kang buhay sa alaala at sa puso ng mga taong binigyan mo ng saya at pagkalinga. Salamat at paalam.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Jerome said...

The Philippines has lost a dear daughter.

10:50 PM  
Blogger fleb said...

julia, it was an honor to have you in our country..

"Dios mabalos po sa gabos na tabang asin pamibi samuyang mga pilipino lalo na samuyang mga bicolano!"

we will pray for justice and peace for your soul and family as well.

10:51 PM  
Blogger fleb said...

hi julia..i was really shock and sad when i heard the news..but, hope you still read this message eventhough your in heaven now.. we were really grateful and thankful that you have been apart of our lives especially to us bicolanos.. Dios mabalos po sa gabos na tabang asin pamibi samuya!! we are really praying for justice and peace for you and your family as well.

you'll serve as an inspiration to us filipinos..

10:51 PM  
Blogger Jay Bubwit said...

We are really saddened by the incident. The truth is, Julia is more Filipino than most other government officials we have. We will truly miss you. Thanks for a job well done.

11:03 PM  
Blogger baby_doc said...

Rest in peace Julia. Thank you so much for choosing to share your time, talent and love with us.

To Julia's family, I am so sorry for your loss.

11:11 PM  
Blogger just L.E.E. said...

Thank you for helping the Filipino people! You've touched our hearts!!! You are more Filipino than any of us, who can't even help our very own country! You inspire me to join the Peace Corps

12:12 AM  
Blogger Mary June said...

It is because of people like you that we have a better world, Julia.

I read your blog only after I heard about it on the news, and it has touched me deeply. I am sure many more lives will be touched by you through your blog.

Rest assured, people will continue what you started in Donsol..

Farewell Julia...your passing away has not gone to naught. May you be in God's grace forever...

12:23 AM  
Blogger Alta said...

Julia, Thank you for doing what should I have been doing to my ignored countrymen. Thank you for doing it for me.

12:33 AM  
Blogger girl from banaue said...

Julia,You touch my heart and very simple way.I have heard the news even i dont know you Personaly.I been in batad and i have some cousin from there,thats why when i heard about the news i was so shock coz i know that poeple there are harmless.I know God say's well done my dounghter you have finish you duty you may rest wiht me.I know that from that day your with God and i know in God time justice is wiht you. thank you for you kind heart dedication and loving my country,you"re always in my heart and in my prayers as well as your family...Banaue

12:38 AM  
Blogger chicseattlesignorina said...

What happened to you was so uncalled for. I spent a good hour reading your old blog entries and it is heartbreaking that you had to go like that.

I don't personally know you but I would like to thank you for doing what you did for the Philippines.

"A Golden heart stopped beating,
hard-working hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
he only takes the best"

I know you are loved by many and you have contributed so much to this world in your life time. May your soul rest in peace :)

And to Julia's family, we, Filipinos, offer our sincere condolences. I can't even imagine how heartbroken you must feel... I am so sorry that something like that had to happen to such a compassionate woman.

1:01 AM  
Blogger ince said...

I never knw Julia until I found out that she's missing and yesterday she was found dead. My tears started to flow after watching what she had done. My deepest condolences to her family.

thank you for sharing ur BEAUTIFUL HEART and we will never forget U.

i know ur in great hands with GOD. Rest in peace and MARAMING MARMING SALAMAT po ate JULIA

1:01 AM  
Blogger julius paltriguera said...

I have never known you personally but your tireless work for my people have been an interesting read for me. My hurt bleeds with those of your love ones and the people you touch as this tragedy overtook your young life. Sure there are evil people who are envious of you and they have no place in the hearts of Filipinos. Im glad to know no one can touch you now. You are in the hands of your Maker. Godsped and thank a million to the girl with a golden heart.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Erwin said...

Julia, may you rest in peace and God bless you.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Mr. Schizophrenic said...

Condolences to Julia's family.

1:16 AM  
Blogger Chucky said...

You never deserved such a thing.. Paalam Julia.. On behalf of all the Filipinos, maraming maraming maraming maraming salamat.. You will be missed..

2:17 AM  
Blogger Chucky said...

You never deserved such a thing.. Paalam Julia.. Maraming maraming maraming salamat.. You will be missed.. May you rest in peace..

2:21 AM  
Blogger CaNdY said...

It saddens me that a life devoted to helping others ended so soon and in such a way.

I pray her family & loved ones find comfort in knowing that she spent the last two years of her life with people who needed her, in whose lives she made a difference.

2:32 AM  
Blogger judsee said...

the news about julia is really heartbreaking...ive been with friends to batad and weve seen how nice and good the people living there...i cant believe such crime happened in batad. i wish and pray that her death will be given justice...

2:34 AM  
Blogger jennifer said...

Hi Julia,
Thanks so much for your service to the world. Even though I never met you in person, I'm sure you touched more hearts than you'll ever know. I am so saddened by what happened and I pray deeply for your family and friends, but I know that you are OK now and at home with God. I love you.
With much gratitude,

2:37 AM  
Blogger Venus said...

To the families of Julia our condolence, she made Philippines a heaven with her contributions, the number of lives she touched, the smiles she does and the warm she exudes. Julia the Filipino people will miss you, your sacrifices open my hearts to the possibility of growth in my country whisper to God to produce more YOU so that the world will be a heaven. We love you Julia!



3:01 AM  
Blogger felleen said...

you left an inspiring legacy with the life you lead here... for sharing yourself to the philippines, salamat.

3:16 AM  
Blogger victoria said...

To her family and friends, thank you for sharing Julia to the world. This is her legacy - her writings that tell the story of a woman's life journey and how she has stepped forward to make a difference.

It is a great tragedy not just to you but to a country like the Philippines to lose someone like Julia. I am sure that she has touched many lives and they all share in your grief and your loss.

I will pray for her.

Maraming salamat po, Julia! Mabuhay ka!

3:21 AM  
Blogger ydden said...

Reading your blogs, it felt like i've been with you during your stay in my country...

What happen to you, is something i am not proud of, it is a disgrace that you died not in your home country but in a strangers land....

Through your blogs you have shared a part of you,, i beleive that you wouldnt like to be remembered in the news we read or see rather you should be remembered with your boldness, desire to help, and your great sense of personally. You are a survivor Julia, your physical being may be dead but your soul and your spirit lives on....

You maybe of a different nationality but you are our sister ("kapatid")... my prayers and prayers of hundreds or more people whose life has been touched by you are only what we can offer.

With your sense of humor, perhaps, death is just another adventure... be brave Julia... you are loved.

3:24 AM  
Blogger rocky said...

First of all,I would like to send my warmest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of this wonderful person.....
I don't really know a lot about Julia....
i was curious about the news i've seen a PCV found death!!!
as i read Julia in phillipines Blog... tears fall from my very two eyes... tears for one nice persons like julie!!
God is always there for you Julia!!! for a nice person with a golden heart i offer my prayer the rest of your soul!!!
Justice for julia!!! Peace for her soul!!!!

bibo of BIKOL

3:29 AM  
Blogger ramilvillafranca said...

I would like to send my condolence to the family of Ms. Julia Campbell. I am very sad and shocked when I heard this scary news about you. I would like to send my warmest symphaty about what happened in this tragedy. But most of all, I would like to say Thank You to Ms. Julia Campbell, because she made the Filipinos happy on times that we need a person with the traits like her. We will miss you so much, you will always be in our hearts. Goodbye, Peace Corps Volunteer, Our beloved, Julia Campbell. We love you!

3:59 AM  
Blogger Padawan Hobbit Witch said...

Salamat Julia. You made a big difference in this world.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Alvin said...

Hello Julia! I'm sorry if I only heard about you this week. I am truly saddened about what happened to you. You have made such a difference for our less fortunate and became a Filipino in your own way. I wish I could have thanked you here on behalf of our fellows. May you rest peacefully now, and may you guide your friends in the pursuit of justice for you.

4:21 AM  
Blogger princessk said...

You didn't have to leave the comforts of home - yet you did.

You didn't have to share yourself selflessly - yet you did.

You didn't have to spend two years in our country as a volunteer - yet you did.

You didn't have to help my countrymen - yet you did.

I will never understand why it ended the way it did, I can only cling on to my faith . . .

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)

Thank you for everything you didn't have to do but did anyway.

Maraming, maraming salamat.

4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've been so good..

thank you very much for the kindness that you showed to our "kababayans"

may you rest in peace..
we'll pray for you..

4:41 AM  
Blogger nitesoul said...

to the family and friends of Julia, my deepest condolences of what happened to her. but, i thank you personally for letting her help my kababayans (countrymen) who are living in the areas that Julia has helped out. i will be praying for God for Julia's family for comfort. LAGI KANG NASA PUSO AT ISIPAN NG MGA TAONG NATULUNGAN MO JULIA, HINDING-HINDI KA NAMIN MALILIMUTAN!!! (you will always be in our hearts and mind Julia, we will never, ever forget your kindness!!!)

4:46 AM  
Blogger jo_cstd said...

may you rest in peace..

4:47 AM  
Blogger Dan M said...

Julia, thank you much for devoting years of your life helping our fellow Filipinos. That you had to leave this world that way deeply saddened us for you are such a beautiful person. We can only console ourselves with the fact that you lived a full life and made a big difference in the lives of many people. We believe that what you did in your life is what matters most -- that you have served your Creator through his "little" children. Thanks again, and to your family we offer our prayers and the gratitude of the Filipino people.

4:47 AM  
Blogger raine said...

Hi Julia... I'm really sad about what happened to you.. I know that you are happy now with our Creator... May you and your family receive justice as soon as possible...

Thank you for being an "angel" to my countrymen...

May your soul rest in peace...

5:11 AM  
Blogger Pierre Alejo said...

To the readers of Julia's Blog and posts to it:

Some dark soul(s) must have done that to her body but her spirit continues to live...even more beautiful, more helpful.

We pray. We learn.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Johan said...

You have a great heart and I'm truly amazed of how you have touched and inspired the lives of my countrymen.You have lived a fruitful life.

5:24 AM  
Blogger friendster_koks said...

Ms. Julia Campbell...
I've heard what happened to you in the news, and I'll pray for the repose of your soul.

The only thing I could say is "bilib na bilib ako sa'yo", you've done an extremely incredible service for the Filipinos especially for those who are less fortunate and those who are in need.

I'm only fourteen yrs. old but you served as an inspiration not just for me but for all people in the world. At this age, I could only help the less fortunate by donating in our school, in our church and praying to God to give them guidance but when I grow up, I will follow your example and help the poor people in my own ways.

We all know that God has His purpose on all things. Hope you're happy with Him now 'coz true happiness could only be found in Him. :')


5:42 AM  
Blogger melk said...

Dearest Julia,

you have touched the lives of many
Filipinos especially in Legazpi. We love you. Du hast uns Liebe und Inspiration geschenkt. You will stay in our hearts and mind. Dankeschoen und Auf Wiedersehen.

Dear relatives and friends of Julia - I am very sorry. It is, indeed, a big shame to us, Filipinos. Maraming salamat for Julia.

5:55 AM  
Blogger sean said...

my deepest condolence

i never know you but upon hearing in the news what happened to you i felt so sad that a person like you who cares to the filipinos a lot. i was shocked what happened, i can only say that everything here in this world has its own purpose, and what happened to you is the purpose of miting god. may you find the happines when you are now in heaven, we the filipinos will never forget you!

6:03 AM  
Blogger frances bea said...

i never ever met her, but she has somehow touched my life.

you were more Filipino than most Filipinos i know. thank you so much for pouring your heart out to the Filipino people.

Rest in peace:)

6:04 AM  
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6:18 AM  
Blogger tin said...

julia, what happened to you is way beyond heartbreaking...u do not deserve to experience such merciless act. i know u would not be able to read this anymore...too bad, i haven't learnt about your blog and your undertakings earlier..when u were still alive..i admire u so much for what you have done to my less fortunate countrymen and for me what u have done will never be forgotten by my fellowmen...God knows who your murderers are..and may their conscience be restless for the unforgivable crime they have commtted...even though i have not known u julia, i love u for being the epitome of Christian love...thank you for making me believe that there are angels who walk by us without anyone really knowing...

6:43 AM  
Blogger lifeline said...

The lessons I learned from class about peace-building are still fresh. I learned the different component activities of peace-building and at one point in class I wanted to be a peace-builder. I wonder if we Filipinos can work together for peace. We all know about humanitarian intervention for peace but now we witness how an individual help us in the name of peace. Maybe what we can do is to tell Julia that even if she's gone we can continue her work and attain peace in the country.

Julia, we know you are now in heaven, the most peaceful place in the universe. It is not impossible for our world to be like heaven. We will be there soon. Lets just help one another.

6:48 AM  
Blogger in-or-nab said...

Our condolences to the family...
Thank you for bringing Julia to us... we are most grateful.

Julia, we are deeply SORRY....
we want to THANK YOU very much for everything, and for letting heaven be a place on earth for us..
You'll forever live in our hearts..
We love you!

May you rest in peace...

7:08 AM  
Blogger eidref_55 said...

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of JULIA. I do not know her. I just heard about her from the news missing and then found dead, which prompted me to read her blog. She's a wonderful person with natural goodness. Her tragic death saddened me and I feel very sorry as a Filipino. She did so much for the Filipinos. I admired her for what she had done for the Filipino children. She serves as an inspiration to me to do a similar volunterism to help indigent people to smile and dream for their life. WE LOVE U JULIA. Our wholehearted prayers for the repose of your soul. May U rest in peace and let the perpetual light shine upon your soul.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving part of your life to the Philippines.
You are a pure soul.
God knows that.
Your valor lit a flame in my heart enough to burn for the rest of my mortal life. I will, in every way I can, support the causes you have been active in.

7:22 AM  
Blogger fragile79 said...

Like most of us, I don't know Julia personally. But basing from what she has done for the less fortunate Filipinos, especially the typhoon victims,I hope her life here in our country will serve as an inspiration for us Filipinos to help one another. I also hope that in time, justice will be served so she can trully rest in peace. Thank you Julia for your unflinching love for us Filipinos.- Bong Arriero

7:28 AM  
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7:50 AM  
Blogger gripenmanila said...

This is sad, really sad....
this should never happen again...

We had lost a women ho had lived her life serving others,who left a life of success and instead lived a life of simplicity and servitude...

Her life may be short but the spirit of love and compassion in her heart could last many lifetimes...

Sadly, almost nobody knew Julia exist when she was alive, but during her passing, many people was inspired...I encourage everyone not to forget her story..

To Julia, see you in the Other Side..

We all know you got in there all the Good things that you deserve from The Good Lord...Your love and compassion to the Filipinos will always be remembered...

Maraming Salamat.....,

8:15 AM  
Blogger GlamPink said...

.comJulia thanks for having a good heart and loving our country so much. It's just too bad that your life ended also here in the country thatu also call ur own. Ur in a better place now and you deserve to be at peace. I hope that ur case will be solved and for ur family to get justice.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Noneng said...

Maraming Salamat Julia!

Hindi ka malilimutan ng mga Pilipino...

8:40 AM  
Blogger Yangsuy said...

Condolences to your loved ones. Julia, I hope that you are in a much better place now. Thank you for help that you have given to my countrymen. I am sure that your selflessness will not be forgotten by the people whose lives you have touched.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Len said...

You may have been gone, but you'll remain in the hearts of the people whose lives you have touched...

I may never have known you personally (though we may have crossed paths in Legazpi City), but I feel the pain of your passing...

Dios mabalos saimo, sa saimong pamilya, asin sa U.S. Peace Corps.

May your legacy live on!

8:44 AM  
Blogger whamos said...

i was so touched w/ ur story and i know the LORD will reward you with all the good things you've to my kababayans..

mabuhay JULIA! may you find solace wherever you are right now!

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a great person with a huge heart for filipinos...i hope that you are at peace now.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Frederick John said...

I can't speak for the entire nation. But I'm sure that every Filipino is grateful to the good deeds you've done for our country. You're probably in heaven now looking down on us right with a smile on your face knowing that so many people love you, specially those whose lives you've touched.

10:14 AM  
Blogger louisse said...

to you dear Julia a million thanks for the love you have shown to our fellow Filipinos.thank you for laughing crying and sacrificing with us. I'm saddened by what happened thinking that we lost another person who has genuine care for us but you had given us a great deal already and now I know that you are right beside God beginning your part of eternal happiness. To Julia's family, we thank you for sharing your beautiful blessing to us. We share your sorrows in losing her and we share the same prayers of her finding eternal peace...



11:08 AM  
Blogger franco said...

a lot will say sayang but i think that your life was not a waste, you have inspired a lot to follow your path of compassion, love and peace. i don't know you nor have i met you prior to having heard and read about what happened, but your life touched and moved mine , thank you and may you rest in peace

11:08 AM  
Blogger onzeminutos said...

I first saw your picture in one of the national dailies which reported about your disapperance. I just got the gist of the news--you're a Peace Corps Volunteer and you are missing. But days passed and I begun to follow news report about you.

Then I also developed this suspicion that what happened is not a simple missing person incident. The news that came out yesterday proved that what I have been thinking was indeed true. I made a promised to myself that I will search for your blog. News about your noble work here in the Philippines has awaken my interest.

I'm deeply sadden by the fact this tragedy happened to you in my country. Why did this thing happened to you. You've planted so much kindness in my country. It's so maddening. My heart has so much anger right now when news report confirming your death. I can't understand why it has to happened. I feel sorry for your loved ones, for your friends...for all the people you left behind.

Let me say sorry for your family...I am sorry.

But you are right now with the grace of God. I would like to think that you have done what are supposed to do here on earth.....that's what I like to believe. Let me.....

12:19 PM  
Blogger John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

I wish I was as brave as you. You give all Filipinos hope. Hope that not all is lost as long as there are people in the world like you. Thank you Julia.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

I am so sorry that I never knew you, never met you. And it hurts so much to know that you were taken from us in this terrible way. You are and were an extraordinary woman. God bless you. From a fellow free-lancer...

2:24 PM  
Blogger John Henneman said...

Julia--- Thank you for caring and sharing your unique talents and gifts in such a special way.You have made a difference in so many lives that you have touch.I know you have been carried on eagles wings to a special place in Heaven.
Back on Jan 29, 2006 you wrote of the death of a friend. Today I offer the same prayer to you and your family and to all those you have touched...."May you find peace in the next world and may your family and friends find some comfort and peace here on earth and may others be inspired by your good works to follow in your foot steps in God's name Amen...John & Leonidas Henneman

3:22 PM  
Blogger Bryon said...

I didn't know Ms. Campbell, but the more I read about her the more I found I had in common with her beyond being a (former, in my case) PCV. Not only are we more or less the same age, but I too studied Journalism and worked for a while in the print media. I also read in the press Ms. Campbell's father is a retired Marine. I was a Marine as well long before becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. My family also has roots in the Campbell (Clan) name. I am deeply saddened by this news, but I am also proud to be a part of the same extended Peace Corps family as Ms. Campbell. She passed away in service to her country and for the betterment of the world. My deep condolences for Ms. Campbell's family.

4:34 PM  
Blogger jonjoaquin said...

Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you, Julia

Julia, Julia, oceanchild, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering
In the sun

Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia

Julia, sleeping sand, silent cloud, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

So I sing a song of love for Julia, Julia, Julia

("Julia" - Lennon-McCartney)

5:40 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance..."

(the prophet, khalil gibran)

6:18 PM  
Blogger Loida said...

Your life is an eye-opener for me. While most of the Filipinos are eager to leave the Philippines to pursue their dream of a better life elsewhere abroad, you left your good life in New York for the Philippines, a country unloved by most of its countrymen. You offered your life to help rebuild broken lives ravaged by natural and human made calamities. You loved our people despite our flaws and weaknesses. And for this, I am eternally grateful to you Julia. Thank you for making me realize that indeed, "The Filipino is worth dying for".

6:27 PM  
Blogger HURAM-IN-PH said...

your life just touched mine miss julia. i've learned about you just last april 14, six days ago - here's a poem for you miss julia ... more here

6:35 PM  
Blogger HURAM-IN-PH said...

"buhay pa tayo" - miss julia, buhay na buhay ang mga ginawa mo sa aming alaala

6:41 PM  
Blogger dave said...

like loida said, Julia's life is an eye-opener for me too. Julia's selfless sacrifice, leaving a wonderful life in her country to help the less fortunate in a country she may never have even heard of,is nothing less than that of a saint. even if i don't know her personally, i felt awfully sad for her loss.

6:56 PM  
Blogger RODEL C. BANARES said...

through your works and your words, you have helped to inspire others to reach out to those in need. You will never be forgotten. Thank You.

this is a poem i wrote as a tribute to Julia campbell.

You are but one candle in the darknesss
solitary, but a light-giver, nontheless.
Those you touched shall spread your light
to those who continue to grope in the dark.
You are not truly gone from us!
You live within us through your works.
Where there is hope, there your light will shine
brighter than the brightest star.
Those you have touched have etched your name
in the recesses of their hearts.
You will never be truly gone nor forgotten.
Where there is love, kindness and generosity
there your name shall be whispered,
and what they will whisper are the words
Salamat, Julia, Salamat.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Carlo said...

I don't know this person that much... but i was deeply affected by what had happened to her..........

tumutulong na nga lang ano pa ginawa nyo sa kanya...

kung sino ka man, isa lang ang sasabihin ko sayo


7:08 PM  
Blogger dorothy said...

We love you Ms Julia.

You lost only to our ordinary senses.

If we remeber , we can find you anytime with our hundred secret senses.

Maraming Salamat po

"Buhay pa tayo". Mananatiling buhay kayo Ms Julia sa mga puso naming Filipino.

7:16 PM  
Blogger NowiEbhoy said...

hi julia? i know dat u can't read this anymore but im sure dat in God's way, you can feel my sympathy and warmest thanks for what you have done to our country! you really serve as an inspiration to everybody and an instrument to touch others life!

I know that you are already with the angels above and hope you continue doing it there! Im praying for your justice and for your soul!

For all the Filipino's who fall in love with you,, we thank you so mcuh!

7:34 PM  
Blogger des said...

Thank You Julia! You will be missed. You will be loved.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

You are an angel who touched the heart and souls of the Filipinos. Now God has called you again for another journey. We are saddened that you are no longer with us, but Heaven is rejoicing again with your return.

7:47 PM  
Blogger tita lyn said...

JULIA, thank you for the love and the service you provided to my people. It took a foreigner to bring so much help, so much joy to so many Filipinos. Maraming maraming salamat!

TO JULIA'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS - my deepest sympathy goes out to you. May the good Lord lift you up in this sad moments. I cannot find words to say how sorry I am to know that your love one died in the country I came from. I AM SO SORRY.

Julia's legacy will carry on, in the projects she set up and in the hearts of the people he touched

7:48 PM  
Blogger milai said...

thank you so much julia, you are an inspiration to us all.

you have touched so many lives and for that you will be forever loved & remembered.You indeed made a difference!!!

to your family & friends, our deepest condolences.

Maraming, maraming salamat sa iyo Julia!!!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a big lost for all of us Filipino....i have learned in tv news about your help to my fellowmen and to my country.You have touch every filipino's heart.I would like to thank you very much for all the things you have done to the poor filipino, most especially kids and the youth.The filipino were proud of you.I did pray for you Julia.MARAMING SALAMAT JULIA.SALUDO KAMI SA IYO...

8:07 PM  
Blogger Clarence Clifford De Guzman said...

Dear Julia:

I met you hours before you were to die on April 8,

i know it was you because you were still on your way down to TAPIA falls at around 5 pm with a guide,
( i dont know why reports say you were hiking alone and that is not true)

Since it was already late i wondered if you will be able to reach the falls with enough daylight.

and i said Hi to you and asked if you were going to TAPIA falls and you replied DYAN LANG SA BABA,

i was impressed that you spoke tagalog very well. i didnt know that you will perish on that fateful day. I hope that Justice will be served

Im praying for your soul. we lost a wonderful person and heaven gained an angel

8:46 PM  
Blogger oliver said...

to ate JULIA's Family, SORRY PO! SORRY PO talaga, and to the/those responsible for this SHAME ON YOU.

Ate Julia, after i found myself reading your blog, thank you for helping our countrymen, promoting our beautiful places in the philippines, I am sure those children with good experience to your kindness will neve forget you.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Marlou said...

May your soul rest in peace, Julia. THANK YOU for touching our lives through your generosity.

9:27 PM  
Blogger davenport/dave/david said...



10:01 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Julia, I was just interviewed today by a TV station. Ms. Ong asked me to give a message for you. I said in front of the camera that you didn't deserve to die like that. Whoever did that to you didn’t have the slightest idea of how precious you are. Taking away your life is like taking away a lot of people’s dreams because you are no longer here to make their dreams come true.

Take note Julia: our seminars on yoga and English proficiency which you will conduct this April and in May will push through. You said come what may, you will come. That remains to be seen. A promise is a promise.

10:08 PM  
Blogger august said...

How ironic "buhay pa tyo"..... Julia, wherever you are I hope God lets you know how saddened and suffering filipinos are because of this cruel act. We are with you and your family in making sure that this will not go unpunished, I am very sure in god's time you will find peace and happiness in the midst of this act of ungratefulness. I am sure more people will be inspired by your unselfish deeds. May many of your kind spread more love especially in my country the Philippines.

Condolences to your family, friends and your fellow americans.... "Forgive them for they know not what they have done"....

10:26 PM  
Blogger Claire, RMT, MT said...

With your untimely and senseless demise, most of us here in the Philippines feel as if we had lost one of our own. And with this loss, comes grief and sadness to think that in your desire to help this country that you have come to embrace and love as your own, your life was instead wasted. Julia, I may not have had the chance to meet you and now that you're gone, I know that I will never ever get to meet you and yet...I only have to think of your kindness, generosity, and selflessness to help my least fortunate fellow Filipinos and I know what a special person you are and will always be not only to the people whose lives you have touched but to all of us here. Thank you, Ms. Julia Campbell. You will forever be missed. I join the rest of my countrymen in extending our deepest condolences to your family and loved ones. God bless you and grant you eternal rest in His home where there are no more sorrows and pain. Your memory will forever remain in the hearts of the Filipino people, Ms. Julia

10:36 PM  
Blogger carmela a. 10.3 said...

Maraming salamat. I don't know you personally, yet my grief is beyond words. May you rest in peace.
Condolences to Julia's family and friends.

10:51 PM  
Blogger melk said...

Dear Julia,

our arrogant and heartless Department of Justice Chief commented that "you are careless to go alone to that deserted area".

It is not your fault. Nor you are careless. You trusted us that much. How about questioning and
developing security measures for tourists visiting that area?

Mr. Raul Gonzales has no right to
judge you that way. He should now start doing his job! That is - give
justice to this horrible crime!

10:52 PM  
Blogger Quillrose said...

i salute your hard work as a peace corps volunteer. As you will enter the gates of eternity, ervery people, american and filipino, will still remain you as a hero.

it is better that as you bury in american soil
let your heart be buried in the philippines, in memory of your heroism through supporting filipinos as a volunteer.

10:56 PM  
Blogger blisfulparanoia said...

My heartfelt condolonces to Julia's family, friends and all those who in her own little gestures of kindness and charity have touched their lives.

Your good heart and sympathy for the Filipinos we herald with much gratitude.

May you find peace and happiness in our Creator's God's loving cradle where you belong.

11:10 PM  
Blogger ravdm said...

Julia, maraming salamat.
Thank you for everything you have done. I am sure all of my "kababayan," whom you have loved will surely miss you. Even us, away from home, have been inspired of all your good deeds. You will not be forgotten and we will forever be grateful on all your help. I am deeply saddened of a loss of such a wonderful person.
To her family, my condolences.
Paalam, Julia...

11:16 PM  
Blogger someoneuhate said...

Julia, I may not know you personally. I would like to thank you for all the help that you gave and tried to give to many Filipinos. I wish many people were just like you.

Condolences to Julia's friends and family. God Bless.

11:22 PM  
Blogger ugotmejeff said...

u are such a beautiful person.thank you for sharing all ur knowledge to my fellow condolences to julia's campbell family..i'l be praying for ur soul

11:24 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

i saw a video file in the news where julia speaks in tagalog. I am so touched that someone from far away has given more to the Philippines than I do. I am so sorry that this senseless and shameful crime happened to someone with a great heart. You are a hero. God Bless you and your family.

11:45 PM  
Blogger -waslavendersistergonenow said...

JULIA- daghang salamat!

you are truly amazing! my heart bleeds now that u're gone...

di man kita nakita dito sa mundong ibabaw, nawa'y makilala kita sa langit...

Guihigugma ka sa katibuk-an sa nasud nga Pilipinhon...

1:12 AM  
Blogger CeSs said...

My condolences to the family and loved ones of Julia..

You really had a gem in having her as a part of your life..

Julia would be really missed by the people whose hearts she touched..

I hope your death will be given justice..

So long, Julia.. and SALAMAT!!

1:14 AM  
Blogger Steffi said...

Julia, thank you so much for spending the last two years of your life helping the Filipinos and making the country your second home. I'm only sorry that your selflessness was repaid in this horrible way.

In the end, it is your kindness that will never be forgotten. Mahal ka namin.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I mourn your death, Julia, but more than that, I celebrate your life. It's great to know that there are people like you. We do hope that justice will be meted out to the one who took you from us, but I know that you are in a much better place now. GOD be with you...

2:13 AM  
Blogger JERALD said...

Its nice hanging out with u last March, Julia....

Im sure every Pinoys who hang out with you or any other peace corp volunteer will enjoy it, ofcourse, bcoz, of ur cute and really good Tagalog, and most important is for ur good heart and contributions in making not only my country but the whole world a better place to live in..may u rest in peace....


2:38 AM  
Blogger Bong C. Austero said...

Julia, it is very sad and ironic that your heroism and your great character are only recognized now because of the tragedy that befell you. It is not fair and I mourn not only the loss of your life. I didn't know you personally, but i take some comfort in the hope that your senseless death has also opened up opportunities for others who do the same work as you did to be appreciated. Thank you for touching our lives and for showing us that there are still people in this world who do care for others.

Bong Austero

2:41 AM  
Blogger the body shot boy said...

It's too bad that I never came across your blog up until now. It's very sad to think that your unselfishness has had such an abrupt and tragic end. You will be sorely missed, especially by those whose lives you have touched.

May you find peace in the afterlife.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Anrom said...

Thanks Julia..

You had been a great help in this country. I was touched and inspired by your story. I may not know you personally but I think you really were a good person. Thanks for everything.

Everything you had done to the Filipino People will not be forgotten my dear... "Mabuhay!"

3:58 AM  
Blogger jer said...


3:59 AM  
Blogger Temujin said...

Dear Julia,

Many of us never knew you, have not met you, nor heard of you.

But now complete strangers are talking about you and good deeds, your intentions, and how much of a pure soul you are.

" Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain."

- John 12:24

You were larger than life while you were living, you are even more so though you are gone.

Thank you for caring. We will never forget you.


4:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for loving my country, and thank you for the wonderful memories. You will always be remembered, not only as who you are, but as what kind of person you are. May you rest in peace Julia...

4:58 AM  
Blogger marnold said...


I don't personally know you. I may not even know that this blog ever existed. I was watching the news and touched by your story.
Wherever you are right now, you will be remembered by people whose lives you've touched. May you rest in peace.

5:35 AM  
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5:46 AM  
Blogger nell said...

It’s a shameful thing to hear from a man in position to say such idiotic words.

Department of Justice Chief Mr. Raul Gonzales is indeed a common political figure, saying things to cover what they had failed to do.

I am sorry to the family and friends of Julia Campbell, for the heartless words uttered by a person, who I believe knows the law so well, but swallowed him whole and made his heart hard as a stone.

May justice be serve, for Julia...

6:21 AM  
Blogger annie said...

This article was written by Julia for my brother Ariel... Sort of a synopsis of Julia in the Philippines.

The Story of a US Peace Corps Volunteer
Ms. Julia Campbell

When I first came to the Philippines in March 2005, I was like a brand new baby. I had to learn how to do simple things – even something as simple as a trip to the CR. A tabo, what is that?

And of course, even though Filipinos are so good in English, I didn’t know the native language and had to learn from the beginning: Kumusta ka? Mabuti naman. And even a stroll down the street became a new experience. Suddenly, the anonymity I had on New York City was gone. Hundreds of eyes followed my every move. And I had a new name: Joe.

After the initial culture shock, I settled into my new life in the Philippines, especially here in Bicol. I was first assigned to a high school in Donsol, Sorsogon. I moved into a nipa hut near the beach. I fell in love with sili and learned to magpiga with the rest of them.

I’d left the hustle and bustle of New York City behind for a quieter place… or so I thought! That’s before I was introduced to the Filipino rooster. (Apparently, they can’t tell time.) Though I confess I don’t like the mga manok, I have found my new Filipino friends quite charming. Everyone seemed suddenly interested in me. Was I married? How old was I? Have I learned to eat rice? And will I marry a Filipino? No. Secreto. Yes! Three times a day! And, siguro.

I joined the US Peace Corps, the American government’s all-volunteer service corps, because I wanted to help people. I’m just one of 7,749 volunteers in 73 countries around the world. After several years as a journalist and a teacher in New York, I wanted more out of life, something a bit more meaningful. Having a good job – something I admit Americans take for granted – wasn’t enough anymore. I wanted to give something back to the world that had treated me so well.

After a year-long application process, my decision had not changed and I was asked to serve in the Philippines. I didn’t know all that much about the Philippines before I got my assignment: Imelda Marcos and her shoes (sorry!), Manila and chicken adobo. (My neighbor back in Brooklyn is a Fil-Am and often fixed his Mom’s recipe.) I’ve come a long way since then.

Having survived typhoon Milenyo back in Sorsogon in late September, I started here at the Divine Word College of Legazpi in early November to teach English for one Semester. Teaching in high school is a challenge because the students are not yet mature. It’s been a wonderful challenge to move to the college level and to meet so many hardworking, smart and dedicated teachers and students.

Of course, on November 30, 2006, I was shocked and suddenly saddened by the experience of typhoon Reming. Though I had experienced hurricanes of lesser strength back in the States, this was my first real close up with a natural disaster. I lived through a disaster of a different kind on September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked my city and killed 3,000. So the experience of a traumatic event was not altogether new. The occurrence of typhoon Reming- my apartment on Marquez Street flooded to my waist – gave me a new insight into the Filipino people.

While Americans might take time to wallow in pity, my new Filipino neighbors did not. They got right to work the next morning cleaning and putting things back together again. I felt shame that I, too, did not have the physical or emotional strength to clean out the mud and debris right away. As one resident of Padang – where I volunteered in relief efforts for three weeks – told me, “Filipinos are fighters and will survive.” I believed him. Bicol will recover.

So even though I will be here for such a short time, it will be bittersweet when I return home to America next June. I will take home with me some fond memories and some Filipino ways. I may never eat with a fork and knife again, rice may just become my staple food and my lips will surely point in the direction of my home away from home – the Philippines.

6:24 AM  
Blogger chocomanik said...

for the love that you gave, for the life that you lived, mabuhay ka julia! thank you for embracing the philippines and making it your own. so many filipinos take this country for granted and yet you, a foreigner, came to give it love. thank you and may we all be inspired by the life that you led. may you continue to watch over us from heaven.

7:18 AM  
Blogger margz said...

I regret the fact that you actually missed the rest of your stay in the Philippines. Maybe, just maybe, you were meant to stay out here with us Filipinos. You know, not just being physically present helping us, but also engraving your life in our hearts. I admire you. I wish I just knew you earlier so that I could have thanked you for the great things that you did for us. Time more than any other is the best avenue to share. Rest in Peace and God Bless!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Juan Talisman said...

Thanks for everything, Julia. Your memories will forever be in our hearts. As a Filipino who had been living here in the states, who haven't had the chance to personally meet you, you've touched our lives in ways we can't explain. Take your next journey to true and eternal peace with much of our love and admiration. So long, dear Julia, we will never forget you.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Kiteng said...

My condolences to Julia's family for the loss. I saw the story on the news, and it was so sad.

8:03 AM  
Blogger GUrbi said...

I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Julia…

Julia Campbell,

Wherever you are, I just wanna say that I really admire you for all the things you did to my countrymen. The courage you have shown and all the efforts you did are truly inspiring. Yes, Filipinos are kind and hospitable but sadly, there are those people who are not content of what they have. You are a victim Julia and I am really poignant for what happened.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Torbik said...

my condolences to julia's family and friends.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Lucy R said...

Oh Julie, how could this have happened? I knew you in a former life but your smile was just the same. You always wanted to do good and sounds like you got your wish these last two years. I am sorry I lost contact. The tree you planted by the barn still've lived so much since then.

I still have some of the toys you and B. bought for Tucker before he was even born; he is now almost 13.

Goodbye Jules. I am comforted by so many kind words from your Fillipino friends, some of whom you met personally but so many of which have only met your giving spirit. I thank you all for your loving tribute. It does not make the pain easier but it makes me proud of how many have been touched by my Julie's, your Julia's, life.

My condolences to your folks and more recent friends.

I will never forget your smile and kind heart Julie.
Goodbye, until we meet again.


9:04 AM  
Blogger Smiche said...

I am asking why this things happen? Why God would do this such tragic end to a very kind and beautiful hearted person? What does it mean to us?

I think, this is what God calls sacrifice. He has to sacrifice a person whom He loved so dearly for the sake of those who are still not turning to His mercy. God knows that Julia lived her life as He wanted her to be and with that He definitely love this young girl. Because of this love, He wants her life to be a sacrifice to others as Julia had showed Him. Everybody would agree to me that Julia sacrificed her life even before she died. And now, God made that sacrifice so meaningful and Divine. We know that this is tragic but Christ also suffered such a tragic death. Many of us don't find the real meaning of Holy week. Julia's death is a sign of how God loved us. God is willing to sacrifice His beloved children - like Julia - for us to see and feel how He truly love us. I feel that this is not easy for God to do such thing but He knows he has to.

Thank you so much Julia for coming to the Philippines. I believe that it was God who showed you the way coming here because He knew that we Filipinos need it most. He wanted the Filipinos to be awaken to His love. That He is always present loving us. Thank you Lord, thank you Julia.

Goodbye and God bless.


9:16 AM  
Blogger gblogger said...

I would like to express my heartful condolences to julia's family and friends.

Her stay in the philippines was a heroic deed that sadly ended in a tragic way. We will miss her greatly and would like to thank for all the efforts she did in the philippines. She left something in our heart that we filipinos will never forget. Thanks again and we hope that this event will not discourage the peace corps that is continuing to help filipinos out there.

9:21 AM  
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9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am offering my sincerest condolences and prayers for the soul of Julia. To her family, I sincerely apologize as a Filipino for what happened.

Julia, wherever you are, please accept my sincerest thanks for loving our country and fellowmen unconditionally. Thank you for everything you've done to my fellow Filipinos. I'm more than certain that you will be embraced with God's love. When you get to speak to our Lord, please tell him to go easy on the Philippines.

Thank you, Julia.

9:28 AM  
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9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest and sincerest sympathy goes out to Julia's family.

Thank you Julia for loving a country not of your own. Surely, you are more Filipino at heart than some of us here. Sorry that your life had to end that way. The life you've lived surely left a mark to those people you've touched.

9:35 AM  
Blogger L.A said...

For Julia, Thank You. You have been an inspiration for many Filipinos we were deeply sorry & saddened for losing such a wonderful person like you and Condolence for Julia’s Family and Friends.


10:11 AM  
Blogger Roger said...

To the parents of Julia Campbell
Please accept my condolence for the loss of your daughter. Though I did not know your daughter personally, I only became aware of her, when her disappearance became a headline news in the country of my origin. Subsequently, all the good deeds she has displayed during her stay in the Philippines, became widely known and I for one can only offer you a deep sympathy for her tragic loss. It a shameful act for the way her life was taken away, and I hope you will find in your heart in time, to focus instead in the positive acts, your daughter has endowed to the people she had touched through her good acts of goodwill towards her fellowmen.

10:14 AM  
Blogger john francis lagman said...

If Julia was still alive, i'm sure her next blog will be about Batad. But sad to say....

Right after my first year as high school math teacher in Saint Mary's University in Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya, I went alone to a strange but beautiful Batad rice terraces in Ifugao.

It was 2 April 2000, I rode several jeepney going to Banaue. From the town proper i ask locals how to go to Batad (I was attracted to Batad in a news feature story).

People there told me that i have to ride a jeepney till i reach the junction, then i have to hike all the way up and down the mountains.

At the junction, i met natives who are about to go up. It was a tough trek (Adventure). I was chilling when i reach the top but the journey to a wonderful land had just began...

It was late afternoon when i reach Batad. Truly, it was like an amphitheater made of rice terraces, a stairway to heaven. (No electricity, no phone signal, away from civilization but near to nature).

What i really like to see before i go home the next day is the hidden falls (more dangerous trek).

I decided to rent a room for the night (only 60 pesos/day). Food is very expensive, the Igorots have to travel by foot all the way to the town proper to get merchandise.

I decided to buy a native chicken to be cook in the morning at the falls. Unfortunately, at the very next day, no one will be allowed to pass through the rice terraces.

As a tradition, Igorots have this kind of ritual that blesses the ricefields to protect it from pests. If anyone passes through these ricefields during daytime, they believed, the protection will not be effective and that person have to pay the cost (That means, i was trapped at the center of Batad and i can't go to the falls that day).

It's not my plan to stay longer than 2 days, i have no choice. Nevertheless, it was worthwhile to know the culture of Igorots. I learn how and why they live in Batad.

They showed me how they weave, plant, harvest, cook, play volleyball, build houses, sing, make wine, the rice terraces was built in centuries. They taught their own definition of peace, respect, grief, happiness and love through gongs (native musical instrument).

This is a one of a kind experience that i thought to myself "If i am going to die in this place, it will be a beautiful death."

Batad is not yet a well known tourist destination that time. In fact, more foreigners have come to this place than Filipinos. A reason why natives are more proficient in English than Tagalog.

Truly, Igorots are peace loving people (It is said that there is zero crime rate in this mountainous province coz everything is settled by elders in a traditional way). But it's not the case with the tourist, they are also strangers. No matter what, I have to stay safe, so I befriend a native, student from Baguio who guided me all along until i reach Banaue (He did not charged me any single centavo).

I consider Batad as my greatest adventure coz i conquered my fears(History made Igorots well known as headhunters during colonial period). Most of all, because I survived.

To Julia, thanks... May you rest in peace.

10:34 AM  
Blogger jovencio luis said...

May you rest in peace anak (daughter). May the heavens welcome you to your new home. And for the countless people whose lives you have touched, you are surely missed. We will remember you for the precious moments you have shared your life amongst us. Paalam sa aming pinak-mamahal na Julia (farewell to our dearly beloved Julia).

11:15 AM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Thanks for giving your heart to us. Rest in peace. To your relatives --- thanks for Julia. I still can't fathom why the good ones are always taken away so soon.

11:18 AM  
Blogger agbani said...

from the bottom of our hearts, though griefing, we filipinos would like to say thank you for the effort you shed to help the needy ones in our country. rest in peace and enjoy your stay in heaven

: )

11:25 AM  
Blogger Les said...

My heartfelt condolence to the Campbell family. Julia gave up life of comfort for Philippines, helping the unfortunate in my country. Her tragic demise is a loss not only for her family but for every filipinos whose lives she had touched in her own way.

Julia left a better world than the one she have found. She left her footprints in the hearts of every filipinos. She have made a difference in this ever changing world of ours, a world full of violence; Julia gave hope to the hopeless - she became a beacon of light, of hope.

Rest in peace Julia, you'll never be forgotten by the filipino people. Thank you very much for your service to our country. To the Campbell family, thank you very much for bringing Julia into this world. The filipino people join you in mourning her loss.

11:59 AM  
Blogger BraveHeart said...

growing up, i was teached by a Peace Corps member basic astronomy and it fueled my passion for the stars. even when my personal astronomy tutor left home for the States; he sent me bunch of packages about the Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Centers.

im touched by my personal encounters with these young americans whose ideas of JFK symbolizes with their vigor, passion and care.

It's been more than 2 decades since my peace corps guys left and it's also a decade since my mom and my american dad hiked the hills of Batad and it is exactly 12 years since i got my first telescope but ironically your demise brings back the good memories i had with you volunteers; my "americano."

i hope there are more volunteers like you that help my country, but this time; i hope that the help comes from within... Sadly, it's painful to see a foreigner helping my countrymen with great deal of passion and impact while my own countrymen leave these shores for your country. It makes it a tragedy that the ones left are dreaming of leaving.

Maraming salamat po Julia, patay ka na ngunit mabuhay ka!

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”
- Gaius Julius Caesar

12:15 PM  
Blogger mutto said...

Julia, thanks for everything you've done for Filipinos. I'm sure good person like you will find peace with Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

I found out about Julia's blog through my sister. It is sad what happened to her. To Julia's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. It is, in a way, my loss too. My prayers to you, Julia, and your family.

3:07 PM  
Blogger greg said...

thanks julia. the philippines will never forget you.

7:15 PM  
Blogger peanut said...

when I first heard the news that a foreign woman disappeared in Benguet, I wasn’t very affected. However, as the days went by and I learned of Julia Campbell’s selfless service to people who are complete strangers to her, in a country where the standard of living is far behind her own, I began to get worried of her disappearance too! So when the news broke out that the body of a foreign woman was found, I silently prayed it was not Julia. Sadly, it was her. I never knew Julia before this tragic occurrence, but deep in my heart I feel a great loss. how could a person so benevolent, so compassionate be treated like that? It’s in time like this when I wanted to hate being a Filipino! It’s so shameful how “that” Filipino repaid Julia’s kindness. But I do hope Julia’s family and friends will not become resentful towards all Filipinos. If Julia wanted to serve in the Philippines, there must be something in the people that she saw and made her stay…

to the Campbell family, to Julia’s friends and loved ones my sincerest apologies… I commend you for being unselfish as well and sharing your Julie with us. Hers was a tragic yet meaningful death and she will always be remembered and loved by the Filipinos!! MABUHAY PO AND MARAMING SALAMAT!! (GREETINGS AND THANKS SO MUCH!!)

7:23 PM  
Blogger claudzki said...

I am saddened by how your goodness has been brought to light only after your death. I am shamed because while you loved the Philippines, and probably were more Filipino than I was, it was a Filipino that brought this tragedy to those who loved you.

To Julia's family and friends:
We thank you for allowing her to spend her life in a country that she loved, for a people that she loved. At this difficult time, our prayers are with you, in the thought that Julia is in a better place right now.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Pixiewixie said...

Julia, its people like you who the filipinos appreciate the most. Thank you for reaching out to help our country. You are very appreciated and will be sorely missed. thank you julia. may you rest in peace.
Mabuhay ka Julia!:)

8:44 PM  
Blogger artcatubay said...

Thank you Julia. From heaven on earth to Heaven you go.

To Julia's family and friends, please give us the opportunity to show you the real Philippines and real Filipinos. Amd how beautiful Sagada(where she went before going to Batad)and Batad are. I am so sorry that someone from Batad did it to Julia but I still think the people of Batad are the most peaceful people in the world.

God bless you Julia. Thank you and thank you....

8:55 PM  
Blogger Raymond_Wilbur said...

Why do bad things, happen to good people? It was very unfortunate that Ms. Julia Campbell was one of them(sigh). I wouldnt be surprise if Raul Gonzales would be next. SiRaul Gonzales was totally careless and irresponsible in his words. He has the face of a furrow, inutile, & deceitful govt. official. This is not the kind of example that the young generation wants to adapt. Expressing harsh and unacceptable comments to the Lady who bestowed comfort and unconditional love to your countrymen. Do you you think you can do, what she did? HELL NO!!! not even a piece of junk.

Ms. Julia Campbell, reminds me of Mother Theresa, abondoned the luxury of life, and decided to served the less fortunate. Your one in a million, a MODERN HERO! You may be gone, but you will remain alive in our hearts. I extend my deepest condolence to the family & friends left behind...

Justice for Julia!
Death to the culprit!

Requiescat en Pace JULIA...

10:11 PM  
Blogger Liberty said...

i dnt know julia personally but based on what i heard from the news and what i have read from her blogs. people who got the chance to meet some1 like her were lucky enough to interact with such a wonderful person like her.As for me she is so amazing and like a GEM that has a heart for filipinos, whom she loved and cared for, for the past years. I thank her for giving us an opportunity to be loved by a foreign native like her who enjoyed staying in our place and loved the people around her especially help people in need w/ no 2nd thought 'cause not all americans do such things for other people like she did. I pity on her for what she had ended up to, and feel sorry for what happen. A person like her doesnt deserve such trauma. I dont defend my fellowmen who did that to her but God has its own way on how to let the person be responsible w/ what he did to a person who has a big heart to filipinos.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Liberty said...

again, i would like to say sorry for what happen. just wana say condolence to your family julia. thank you for the help you have given us and for the love u have shown to our country... thank you so much and may you have rest in peace julia. hope u find peace of mind w/ God.

10:18 PM  
Blogger raidy said...

mabalos, julia!

the love in your heart will continue to live and grow in us,
my sincere sympathy and admiration to your parents.....

i pray that the path you took will always be remembered and will never be forgotten....

10:32 PM  
Blogger rhayanne said...

i know you wont be able to read this piece..but i want you to know that during this episode in our lives that you are gone...may i say that "MARAMING, MARAMING SALAMAT! " you are more Filipino than the pinoys who were born the dont know how we appreciate the effort and love you have given our country but i know your untimely passing shall wake us all up...we should be ashame to take away the people who loves our will always be in my prayers...i will celebrate the life you had and let you be an example and model to our fellow your family...condolences and thank you for giving birth to a julia that is a hero and a great person. we will miss you.

11:54 PM  

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