Super Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath, the Filipino spirit to rise up again – Bangon Pinoy!

Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, the strongest and most powerful recorded storm ever to make a landfall this year battered Samar, Leyte, Cebu and much of the Visayas Islands of the Philippines last November 8, 2013.  The devastating typhoon rendered thousands of families homeless and helpless. The once full of life and beautiful towns with a bubbly community turned into a ghost town due to massive damage and destruction not only on the infrastructures but to the lives of the people as well.

An aerial photo of Guiuan, Samar courtesy of gmanetwork.com


I am a Filipino and it’s really heartbreaking for me to see that there’s nothing left out there for my fellow countrymen who survived - survivors who braved to hold on for their lives.  Homeless, hungry and emotionally upset people can be seen loitering in the streets and even resorted to looting just to feed their hungry children and families the day after for relief efforts are hampered due to infrastructure and communication problems. I can’t help but cry upon hearing and watching the news of different stories on how they survived.  My soul is grieving seeing the dead people and animals everywhere on the streets.  I deeply sympathize for those who are mourning to the lost of their loved ones whom cannot be even given a decent burial. You may see photos of before and after Haiyan hit our country here


Electricity is not yet restored up to this time of writing, a lot of people are still missing as many towns have not been reached by relief efforts, thus, hundreds of displaced and hungry families are still in need of urgent help.

We are very thankful for the International community who immediately gave and showed support, I may not be able to enumerate them all but countries and people around the world are mobilizing to provide aid and donations for the relief, recovery and rehabilitation to restore areas and families affected by this destructive storm. Maraming maraming Salamat po!

Filipinos are best known to be resilient, strong and flexible especially during hard times and crisis, survivors will be able to take charge of their lives sooner as long as they will be given the chance to rebuild their community. However, basic needs are still desired as of this moment and in the next days to come, such as food and water, temporary shelters, medicines, personal items like clothes, cooking utensils, spiritual support and trauma counseling for them to move on. It would not be easy to rebuild and rise up again but I know through “bayanihan” they can rise up again and start anew.

We all have our own humble way to support. If you would like to extend help, please refer to the following details below.



image courtesy of gmanetwork.com




Lovingly written by Joy












16 comments:

Grace said...

I never imagined a calamity would break our spirit and this almost did. I wasn't there when it happened but it broke my heart. I can only imagine what the survivors are going through

Franc Ramon said...

It's really heartbreaking how the areas affected has crumbled. I know the country will rise again because of our innate resiliency.

Rochkirstin Santos said...

Seeing fellow countrymen and even people from other nations help the victim of the super typhoon Yolanda touches my heart. I'm also glad that there are restaurants, malls and artists who give their profits as contribution to relief goods.

Teresa Martinez said...

I thought I've seen the worst with Ondoy since that is the closest ever to come in our location but this is horrific. There is so much rebuilding to be done in terms of real lives.

joysflair said...

yes, rebuilding lives will be tougher this time :(

joysflair said...

humanity reigns, am very glad that support and aid are pouring in

joysflair said...

almost everything standing were smashed into pieces :( roofs were torn as if they are biscuits, it was really worst

joysflair said...

how to start all over again is definitely what the survivors have in mind, the Government must really help them

ralph said...

let us help in any way we could... our kababayans really... badly needed us. Yahweh bless.

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claire rafols said...

In our small little way we helped. I'm just hoping that they could really benefit from it. :)

levy said...

I am glad that the donations keep on coming and I hope that the Government can start building a defensive method to lessen the tragedy if this case happens again (I hope not)

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