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The Strength Test of Haiyan

Geographically, Philippines is surrounded with water and for most of us, we are used to heavy rains and typhoons, Name it, from A – Z, we welcome ‘their’ visit more than 20 times every year, so nothing we can do about but to deal with it. But two weeks ago was exceptional. Leaving a mark to each of us. Making as the ‘second – strongest and deadliest typhoon’ ever recorded in world history, this must be extremely extraordinary.


I’ve seen and heard enough. News are everywhere, hitting the headlines internationally. This environmental catastrophe was disheartening to see thousand of lives were shattered. Watching the victims looking for their lost loved ones, pleading for help, brought me back to my nightmares with Typhoon Ondoy four years ago. I found myself in tears as I hear their survival stories, and knowingly, their pain and anguish are beyond imaginable.

Typhoon Haiyan left nothing but devastation. And please forgive me, I asked God why is it happening to us, to our country, on why did He let it happen to all those innocent lives, young children, whom will shape our future. For a second, my faith with Him was in questioned.

After Typhoon Haiyan left, a massive response began from all parts of the world. Many countries have expressed their sympathy and surprisingly, even from China (to whom we have some political issues), gave their pledges in aid to the storm destroyed the Philippines. International communities responded immediately and relief operations were launched every now and then. Many organizations are continuously raising funds to provide emergency assistance to all.

In the midst of this crisis, for one enough reason, the world reunites and clearly showed humanitarian acts, regardless of race, religion and color. As countries, we may disagree at some issues, but when this rough and crucial time comes, our different beliefs are left behind and holding unto each other.

At this point, God answered the question that I raised for a second in the best possible way that He could. For whatever reason it maybe, one thing is for sure: that we, Filipinos, will rise again and be the strongest than any super typhoon. I know we could, for we believe in ourselves as well as other nations, and as what a formidable organization told us:

“Time to get to know the Filipino people.. unbelievably resilient, long suffering, good natured, uber friendly, loyal, ingenuis, and a bunch of survivors. At the end of the day, the Filipinos will just shake off the dirt from their clothes and go about their business.. and smile. They do not complain much, they will bear as long as they can. Maybe this is why they were given the ‘priviledge’ of bearing the burden of the strongest typhoon ever recorded. The indomitable human spirit at its finest.”


There is always reason for everything that happens. Your experiences are designed to shape you, define you and hopefully, grow you into the mightiest you possible.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all the countries and international communities who gave support undoubtedly and reached out to all Filipinos to help as much they can.


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Posted by worldmeetsearl 00:03

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