The floodwaters were so high, John's family had to be rescued by lifeboats.
They had nothing but the clothes on their backs.
"That's the heartbreaking moment. You see, all of the appliances, all of the food stocks that have been stocked there for Christmas season well it's gone."
John's family had to cancel their plans for a grand reunion giving the money to their calamity-stricken relatives instead.
"It's not good to celebrate and have this kind of fun when our family member is affected by this calamity."
Right now, there is no movement within the Filipino community in Las Vegas to assist in relief efforts. They're still assessing the damage brought by Tembin, and another deadly Tropical Storm, Urduja which hit the Philippines' central region just a week ago.
"I know most of us offered prayers to them but I urge you to extend help, whatever you could do."
Facebook has also pledged to match donations for victims of Severe Tropical Storm Tembin, up to $500,000.
The Philippine Red Cross is also accepting donations. For more information, click here.