It’s been almost a month since Yolanda hit the Philippines. And though we live in a country that’s regularly visited by storms and typhoons, none of us could have anticipated the scale and sheer magnitude of this calamity. The steady stream of images, stories, and firsthand accounts that began pouring in from the affected areas was nothing short of heartbreaking. Sometimes, the grief and loss were just too much to bear – it’s impossible to see, hear, or read about it and not feel affected in some deep, painful way. I can only imagine what it must be like for the people living through this catastrophe. 

But I find that the news reports that have been moving me to tears lately are the ones of generosity and kindness in this time of great need. Despite everything, it truly does restore your faith in humanity. There is hope in all of this. I choose to believe it.

Aside from donating cash, clothes, and relief goods and giving your time and energy by volunteering, Filipinos are finding creative, novel ways to engage our bayanihan spirit. Several restaurants around the metro such as Pino, Yabu, Cyma, 2nd’s, Chili’s, and more pledged to donate sales for the benefit of typhoon victims. Shopping events like Aid Couture held at Alabang Town Center allowed fashionistas to update their closets with the knowledge that sales would go toward helping the cause. Film buffs are united at Rescue Cinema, a film festival to held last November 22-24 at the basement of Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street. Admission was free, and Caritas Manila was there to accept cash donations to aid their relief efforts. 

Enjoy a night of music and nostalgia at the upcoming Christmas Concert Gala. Proceeds will be donated the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas. It will be held at six in the evening on December 5, 2013 at the UST Chapel.

It’s been said that charity starts at home, so last weekend my friends and I found our own way to contribute – one of us cooked dinner for a little get-together as we pooled our money into a lump sum to donate. It was a simple, humble thing, but right now, I’m learning that no effort is too small. All of it will go a long way in helping our country get back on its feet.

How are you finding your own ways to help out?  



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