“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”― Anne Lamott
This is my first attempt at blogging since typhoon Yolanda struck the country last Friday morning. Seeing all those video footage, updates on local radio and television, I could not begin to fathom the depth of sadness I feel for our “kababayans” affected by the strongest and most destructive typhoon that visited the country. How could one survive such devastation? How could one endure such pain of losing loved ones and seeing your properties destroyed beyond repair? And you wonder, typhoon Yolanda made six landfalls. And there are still more areas not reached by help from our government because communications are down and the roads are impassable. Some remote villages in Leyte are almost wiped out. You can see how desperate the people are , looting business establishments just to survive. The government assured everyone that there is enough food for all the victims but the problem is, it is slow in coming. It was only today that some roads were cleared for help to pass through by land. What was left of Tacloban airport is the runway which is being used now by C130 planes to bring relief goods to the typhoon victims.
One thing good though that you will see everywhere is the desire of everyone to help in any way, financial or otherwise. We will rise again just as we stood on our feet seeing calamities after calamities in our midst.
Typhoon Yolanda brings back sad memories of typhoon Ondoy, another destructive typhoon that devastated Metro Manila four years ago. Our house was almost seven feet under water and most, if not all of our belongings were destroyed by the flood. Lucky for us, we had a house to come back to although we had to do some renovations to make it habitable again. Have you ever imagined that kind of helpless feeling and just cry your heart out in frustration? When all you can do is pray and hold on to each other because you are not sure if you’ll still see each other tomorrow or the following day or the next?
We are having our own fund drive here in our town to help the people in the Visayas and some parts of Luzon. Our mayor is encouraging everyone to help in any way they can. And donations from other countries keep pouring in. Thank you so much. God bless the Philippines.
(photos courtesy of DZMM)