“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
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.