Repairing what is broken

Updated on Sep 30, 2009
from my mom dress - Vintage from my mom belt - Louis Vuitton purse - online shoe
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joannaladrido 's Thoughts:

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invicible summer.”
– Albert Camus

It has been a devastating past few days.

As reported in the news, my country went through a tragic typhoon which rendered towns and cities extremely flooded and submerged. It was a horrifying experience, 3 and 4 storey houses were completely submerged underwater and people were literally displaced to their roofs for 24-48 hours- until the rescue teams got to them. People were wading and swimming through flooded streets, cars were just floating. It was literally something that’d make you wonder if the world was coming to an end.

For those of you abroad, here are the statistics- Hurricane Katrina which savaged New Orleans brought 380 mm of rain to Louisiana (total land area of 51,885 square miles) in 2005. Typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) brought 410mm of rain to the city of Manila alone (total land area of 14.9 square miles).

THAT WAS HOW BAD IT WAS. And it happened in less than 8 hours.

Now, 4 days after the devastating event, we are rebuilding our country and doing as much as we can to help the victims who are rendered homeless- with no food nor water for themselves. I haven’t been uploading lately as I have dedicated all my efforts to helping out those in need by cleaning out my closets for donations as well as rushing back and forth groceries to purchase goods for the rescue missions. I also took on a very important cause to donate and volunteer at PAWS which aids the innocent animals who have been alienated and abandoned as a result of the floods.

I have given up shopping for two months and decided to donate ALL my cashflow to the relief missions. When something like this happens, one cannot help but see which things matter most and which things you can definitely live without. And I urge all Filipinos out there to do the same. It is a difficult time and while it may take a long time to recover from such a tragedy such as this, we can do it one step at a time- in our own little ways- we can heal.

I wore this outfit on one of the nights I got to unwind and catch up with friends- some of them had experienced the floods up close. The point of the outfit was that it was recycled and reposted from before- which consists of my mom’s hand me downs from top to toe. I gave up shopping and I wanted to prove that we can all make do of what we have and share our resources to those who have few or nothing left at all. The thing is, when you step out and see things from a wider perspective, you realize that the things you used to prioritize and make such a big deal out of were tiny and minute.

It was a great night to hear the stories and accounts of what had transpired.

Sometimes, it takes a tragic event to unite people for a common cause. Nonetheless, I am proud to be called a Filipino especially in these times when most are driven to desperation.

But MORE is to be done.

PLEASE HELP PEOPLE. PHILIPPINE RED CROSS ACCEPTS BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL (via paypal) DONATIONS…we need your help and your prayers

xx

PS:

Also help and pray for the people who were struck by tragedy-

In Indonesia there was a massive earthquake.
In Samoa, people were hit by a tsunami.
In Australia, there is a sandstorm.
People of Vietnam are dealing with Typhoon Ondoy which ravaged my country last Saturday.

Comments (26)

catherinepajarito
catherinepajarito on May 20
chic voted..:)
catherinepajarito
catherinepajarito on May 20
love these outfit so much..:)
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 17
great accessories!
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on December 18
cute!!
cowgirl
cowgirl on October 29
love everything!
justluciii
justluciii on October 21
So classy, I like it!
smooVe
smooVe on October 05
STAY STRONG. I WILL KEEP UR COUNTRY AND PPL IN MY PRAYERS. WOW! STAY STRONG.
petraS
petraS on October 05
you have a great style! all yours outfits are nice!
SamCityChick
SamCityChick on October 01
You have such style...
supervee
supervee on October 01
aww. you have a good soul JL. :) thanks for helping our fellow filipino people. :) xx
chicpink
chicpink on October 01
chic! and as a fellow filipino, thanks for blogging about this. indeed, there's a lot more to help.... i just came from de la costa montalban and saw how tragic it was... hopefully, this coming typhoon peping wouldn't be that cruel...
theclassicsilhouette
theclassicsilhouette on September 30
wow, that is a really noble thing you're doing jl. and yes, i think this has opened our eyes to realize that there are more important things out there and more people who need our help. great outfit, btw :)
fugee
fugee on September 30
love the mix of brown and black!!!
jeroy
jeroy on September 30
i saw you in stylista! GAWD. yer sooo popular!! love the dress!!!
jeroy
jeroy on October 01
i mean stella. :) hehe. i thinking about the other person kea stylista natype ko . haha.. sorry sorry! mua
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on October 01
darling what is stylista? i so don't know about that :D
xovicks
xovicks on September 30
Loving the Louis.
PeachyPanda
PeachyPanda on September 30
simple yet beautiful, love the matching accessories and shoes
Mechiii
Mechiii on September 30
love your Louis Vuitton !!!
sherriehang
sherriehang on September 30
your accessories are great!
preppymeister
preppymeister on September 30
Thanks JL for inspiring us all to step up and give our 1000% in helping each other out in times of distress. :)
libys11
libys11 on September 30
i love this post, JL! truly.. this is the time to think about others and do whatever to help out! hope you're safe!!! :D
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on September 30
oh my god, I've just read through your post and got goosebumps. I am so sorry for your country as I am always sorry for people who are affected by tragedies like the tsunami. so the moral considerations of your outfit are great, I really love your idea! I really hope that the situation will get better soon for the Philippines! best wishes for you and your country!
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on September 30
sorry, I mean typhoon, not tsunami
Ines_L
Ines_L on September 30
Simple dress but it is terribly chic. I love this bag, gorgeous.
aika_Gay
aika_Gay on September 30
love how u mix black and brown :D
DrakeAuge
DrakeAuge on September 30
Wow, I really like the smplicity of the dress, that makes it possible to mix wth different accessories, and the light browns you used look s wonderful with it. Chic!
vero29
vero29 on September 30
love your shoes!
splashofcolour
splashofcolour on September 30
This is nice. I like that the dress is simple but the accessories jazz it up :)
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