From the Philippines, Thank You

I do not know where to start, how to describe the horror my people have been through for the past days because of typhoon Haiyan. But the world probably already has a good idea of that by now.

We as a whole nation, along with the rest of our countrymen scattered across the globe, grieve because of what happened to our own people. It is the latest and strongest beating we have suffered following the September armed conflict crisis and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October

No nation is ever perfect. I have many things to say against my country and people. And yet despite of our many flaws, the love for the Philippines and the Filipino people is something that I cannot deny.

As we religiously listen to the news and keep track of the plight of our people, many who lived in areas, cities which have been virtually wiped out; many of whom have never eaten or drank anything for days; many of whom have all members of their family dying on that storm, I feel as if I’m being punched in the gut, something being squeezed inside my chest, and something very awful stuck in my throat.

Yes, it is heartbreaking. And yet there is that definite feeling of relief that it was not us, because it could have so easily been. If the storm’s path happened to include my own province, I’m not sure I would still be able to type this right now. The whole nation prepared for days for the coming of the storm, but our preparation is just not enough. We are not a wealthy nation and we do not have the necessary technology and infrastructure to withstand one of the strongest tropical cyclones in recorded history. We do not have the resources to evacuate populations of entire cities, entire provinces out of areas directly hit by the storm’s path.

Yes, there might have been lapses, by the government and by the people as well. But does that really matter now? Instead of the pointless finger-pointing and political wiles, helping these typhoon survivors stand up again should be the main focus of the nation. And if that entails setting aside political interests–or even the much simpler yet annoying need of one’s own ego to presume that somebody, anybody is at fault but oneself–then that is what should happen.

But this is not a perfect world.

Not perfect, but a world still definitely worth living and believing in.

I can say this because we have tremendously felt the help coming from the whole world. National governments, international groups, private groups, celebrities, and especially ordinary individuals, we have all felt your goodwill and concrete aid to the Philippines.

For this, thank you.

Thank you.

THANK YOU.

As of now, recovery is still painfully slow but every day we witness an improvement. As citizens of this country, it would be our duty to not just allow your help be for naught and end up in the coffers of pigs who call themselves people. As citizens of this country, we are also doing our individual share to help, in any way that we can.

I would like to believe this. I would still like to believe in the world. I would still like to believe in the Filipino.

In fact, I still do.

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11 comments
  1. Rest assured that this story is front and center of every newspaper and every broadcast here in the U.S. We are heartbroken for you and your people. You can say some pretty awful things about the U.S. and they’d probably all be true, but who runs to help when a nation is knocked flat on their ass? We do. China, those motherfuckers, are sending a total of $100,000 in aid. It’s an insult. All good wishes to you. Glad that you and your family are safe. Tough days ahead.

    • Apparently, shamed by the national community, China just announced they’re increasing aid to $1.4 million. News accounts said the initial sparse donation was a result of territorial disputes between Beijing and Manila. You’d think they would put that shit aside. I still think they’re a bunch of dickheads.

    • Add to that tension the death of 8 Hong Kong tourists from a Manila hostage taking crisis last 2010. It seems China still hasn’t forgiven how the government handled that and are even threatening to ban Filipino workers in Hong Kong, as well as making it more difficult for us to go there (soon we’ll need a visa). It’s all about image and power. They won’t allow little Philippines to one up them, not in any way.

      I do wonder though how the Philippine government would react if it’s the other way around (China suffering from something as damaging). If a government really cares about the image they project, wouldn’t they try to appear “good” by making it seem as if they’ve set aside those issues in the first place?

      Ugh, fuck political bullcrap. -_-

      And yes, despite US’ faults it still remains to be one of, if not our biggest ally. We couldn’t thank you enough.

  2. It’s is all over the news here in Ireland, as well as a massive fundraising appeal to try and help in some small way. The pictures coming through are surreal in their devastation…just hard to contemplate that those pictures and the numbers of the dead and people displaced and homeless are real.

    Inspirational post by the way.

  3. So glad to see you here! My dear hula sister is a Filipina living in NYC and, thankfully, her family has been spared the horrors. Keeping all in Love and Light! xoxoM

  4. samokan said:

    We will rise again and I hope your family is safe.

  5. I’m so happy to hear you are safe. I have been thinking of you everyday. Such a challenging time for your country. Your pride in it and the people shines through.
    Much love and blessings coming your way.
    Carol

  6. So glad you’re all right. I have been worried ever since it happened :3

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