Last November 8, thousands of lives were shaken and even lost when the Typhoon Haiyan (aka Typhoon Yolanda) hit the Philippines. This was said to be one of the world’s most powerful typhoons that ever struck the world. Nobody couldn’t imagine nor think of how destructive it is until it happened. The typhoon hit our country (more specifically in Visayas), and tragedy is what it left behind. Heavy rains and strong winds tore down homes and buildings as well as hearts of those affected.
From time to time I watch the news and see the aftermath of it, and it was a sight I didn’t want to see — it was definitely heartbreaking, knowing that I’ve also experienced being victimized by flood during 2009, which is Ondoy. So I know how it feels, but I the people in Visayas have it worse, and that’s why I didn’t even twice about helping them in simple ways that I can. After the typhoon, the social media network started to blast off with tweets and statuses about the said calamity, and everyone has been sharing things on how each and every one of us could help.
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So, even before the school required or suggested that we, as students should help, my family and I already started sorting and packing out clothes that we could donate, and after that, we searched for areas where we could drop those off, and luckily, we found a nearby mall (Robinsons Metro East) which where we gave the old clothes away. The helping didn’t stop there, because as days go by, the news flashed more information about how the people are suffering and a lot of basic needs needed to be provided and they lacked of those kinds of things, so when we saw celebrities and media people talking about Sagip Kapamilya bringing these ABS-CBN Yolanda Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na T-shirts, we immediately ordered so as to provide help.
In an effort to help rebuilt the life of those currently struggling in Visayas, 100% of this item’s sales will go to the relief efforts for the victim of Typhoon Yolanda through Sagip Kapamilya. With just a minimal amount, at least we can help take part in this effort to help and to reach out plus a tangible symbol of our support. Our organization, the Business Management Association, is also taking a part to help, and the BMA is giving away five sacks of rice to the typhoon victims as well. And even if the typhoon is already over, I’m still open to opportunities.
I’ve seen so much from the news, social networking sites, and newspapers, and I can see that this tragedy is somehow a blessing in disguise. This is given because God knows we Filipinos can get through this. There are so many countries that have offered tremendous amounts of help to us, and we see it all the time in the news. Just looking at the bright side of things, there has been an overwhelming amount of support from people and organizations in and out of the country.
The people all over the world are in full support for us and even if typhoon Haiyan is the strongest typhoon ever, we do believe that us Filipinos are the strongest people, and we can overcome this catastrophe with the help of one another. Every single person I meet has relief and Yolanda on their minds and it’s bringing us all together as a nation, and bringing the world together for humanity.
This may not be the incident that we hoped for or expected, but at least this is bringing something good in our country – our willingness to help for each other, and the bayanihan of the Filipinos which never fails. This is a tragedy that all of us won’t forget especially the ones in Visayas, but with the help of each other we can overcome this and come out stronger than we’ve ever been.