By: Elena Grace Flores
In our darkest hours after the devastating earthquake, typhoon and storm surge in the Visayas, there’s only one thing that comes to mind – “The Prayer”! Although this is very touching coming from the children’s choir of Loboc, Bohol that was badly damaged by the earthquake, the song becomes a world-class musical rendition when the finest artists in the Philippines joined in. Listen carefully:
It is very sad that these natural calamities claimed thousands of lives in this part of the country – but we will always remember that we were not left alone by other countries whether they are near or far. This act is already a miracle in itself. It might be hard to forget the ordeal of the affected Filipinos during the devastation but with God’s grace, nothing can’t be survived of as years go by. Thank you for all your help!
There’s no one that I know of who did not do any helping for such highly publicized disasters in the Philippines. Everyone are doing something their own way to alleviate the sufferings of others but this is not enough. Despite the rising GDP statistics, the smell and sights of poverty are hard to ignore. If you haven’t noticed, click into Leoniza Morales’ Poverty Matters blog. As we all know, most of us can only afford to spare some relief donations or temporary solutions to the immediate problems. It was a blessing knowing what other sectors are doing to hopefully formulate a long-term solution to poverty. Read this:
Christmas is fast approaching, and in a few days this year will end. I must say that contrary to earlier expectations, it has been a very difficult year for many of our countrymen especially those hit by quite a number of calamities. While we always try to look at the bright side, it is but a reality to deal with the present challenges and help each other recover from the emotional and physical traumas brought about by these disasters. We see the outpouring of support to those affected and it is like seeing the spirit of Christmas happening a month earlier. http://www.philstar.com/business/2013/12/12/1267001/success-those-who-want-it-most
Based on their example, it will be necessary to allocate a government branch that can organize or empower groups of people to do the same. However, the leadership for this must be delegated to a government servant with ample authority, undisputed brilliance, effective communication skills, good connections to industries and undeniable sense of duty. Somebody who knows better than anyone else in this field and not fueled by political ambitions – because he or she will be leading a crusade to inspire people in poverty that they can get out of it if only they know better! Better in the sense that opportunities await them if only they will take that first step towards self-empowerment with the help of the government.
Due to to recent disasters that the Philippines went through like the earthquake of Bohol and Cebu, the government sector in charge of calamity preparedness already made their plans known for the expected coming of typhoon Yolanda to the Eastern Visayas region. Read this news in full:
Immediate evacuation is needed for landslide-prone areas above all. I hope this time, people will see the advantage of preparing for the worst things to happen – rather than just wait and see. Remember that even if you are ready to go, the ones left behind will not have peace of mind knowing that someone, few or many were buried alive.
It’s unbelievable hearing from news updates that Bohol government officials are fearing for food crisis that can happen soon. How could this happen when farming is also greatly done in the area? Then reality sinks in. Bohol is just an island and when it is shaken, villages can be isolated. Collapsed bridges are hindering transportation – and if the vegetation or livestock are not yet for harvest or not yet planted, cultured or bred due to recent typhoons, no one can benefit from the farm lands or waters after the devastation. Read this heartbreaking report:
Relief operations as reported by GMA News channel are having difficulties in reaching these isolated areas. Trapped villagers are banking for the passing helicopters to notice their pleas. Some wrote HELP along the street – since their voices can’t be heard from up there. However, there’s a way through Cebu. Fast vessels can directly access those isolated areas through the sea routes that are normally used for domestic transport by local residents. Going back to basic during the ancient barter trade regime is quite helpful!
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Tourists in the Philippines might have different ideas as far as having fun in the Philippines is concerned. However, if you are interested in nature, culture and of course simple but beautiful luxuries, you may want to learn from this story written by an avid vacationer who is also passionate in writing his experiences. Read this to feel the genuine satisfaction of the author as he savored his every hop towards 3 of the most popular destinations among the Philippine islands:
Sipping fresh calamansi juice one morning, over a breakfast of daing na bangus and garlic rice at the terrace of Rocky’s Café & Bar in Makati’s The Rockwell Club, I thought, I could retire in the Philippines when the time comes. Or at least split my time between here and the U.S. http://balikbayanmag.com/palawan-cebu-bohol/
Philippine visits can be very special when you plan your trips according to your liking. Aside from the exotic, historical and pampering tourism offerings – you’ll find more joy in the company of the people you come across with. They might be passing acquaintances or soon to be friends for life – but there’s no measure for the moments you allowed to happen by just being there at the right place and time. Welcome to the Philippines!