In light of recent events and the calamity our country, the Philippines, is facing, I’ll be skipping my usual blog posts for this one.
Watching the news and seeing the massive destruction caused by super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) just breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine how painful and devastating it must be for those who lost their homes and loved ones. My heart goes out to the parents who lost a child, to the people who have nothing to eat nor drink, to the babies and kids who are now getting sick.
A few months back during Habagat’s wrath, I posted this on Instagram and I thought I’d share this today on the blog as I find it very fitting in these trying times.
Habagat 2013 is nothing compared to the Filipino spirit. Come hell or high water, trust that the Filipinos will rise above any adversity. It is during these kinds of trials that the Filipino spirit shines the brightest. I pray that everyone who were affected by the recent calamity will stay strong and not lose hope and that those fortunate enough will find it in their hearts to help in their own little way. Aahon tayo. Kaya natin to! #bangonpinas #prayforthephilippines #maring #habagat #pinas #filipino
I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason and that there is always a lesson to be learned. Here in Manila, we were fortunate enough to experience minimal rain despite Yolanda being dubbed as one of the worst typhoons ever. For that, it taught me to be more appreciative of what we have and to give and share whatever we can to our less fortunate fellowmen. We may not have much but what we have is still something compared to them who were left with nothing.
Let us all do what we can to help our kababayan. Good thing there are a lot of ways to help and donate.
Want more closet space? Donate your old clothes.
Don’t have time to go to the bank to deposit your donation? You can donate via SMS for as low as 5 pesos!
Don’t have extra money? Perhaps you can skip drinking that expensive coffee today and go for the 3-in-1 kind at 5 pesos per pack instead.
Bored? Do you have spare time? Volunteer to repack relief goods.
The point is that there are a lot of ways to help and that a little sacrifice won’t hurt.
You can donate via Red Cross or through ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya or for a complete list of organizations accepting donations for Yolanda victims, see here: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/43300-reliefph-victims-typhoon-yolanda-help
The Filipino spirit is indeed waterproof. We are a nation of resilient people and with everyone’s help, we can easily and quickly overcome our country’s present situation. God bless the Philippines!