On the lighter side,I've witnessed the true spirit of humanity. It's overwhelming really.This has bonded us closer.Just watching the news feed on to us by media every evening is unbearable.Seeing a man in tears and a mother searching for her children is too painful to watch.There are kids hungry but still laughing because they are with their parents and that's all that matters now.I mean,my gosh! I couldn't bear watching without crying everytime.And everyone was doing their best to help and that makes me cry to.
It also opened issues that we don't see on our own not until foreigners noticed it for us and we ended up nodding our head because they are right.Corruption,incompetence,resilience,patience,poverty are among the first issues noticed.Good or bad,uplifting and discouraging,everything can be seen now after this disaster.I just wish the government will learn from it and will start setting bigger share for calamity funds.And while we are under these challenging times,I hope that we are not fixated with it but instead still keep moving on.Things can get worse.Who knows.I wanted to think that there's still hope for the Philippine government.What I've just seen on the news is a great realization of how far behind we are from other countries.Whether they are genuinely helping us or we are being politically played on,I don't know.Senator Mirriam Defensor was right,if we wanted change,that's a long process and a huge leap because first and foremost,the whole constitution must be changed or renewed.
This typhoon is indeed one of the strongest.It shook us to wake up from reality.It hurts us till our cries reaches the heavens.And at the same time,it overwhelms us with so much comfort with pouring help and generousity.It made us acknowledge by other countries as resilient and strong.
While this country has the most humble and most resilient citizen,I just pray that God will bless us with godly leaders who will lead us to a better future.I'm keeping my hopes up,still hopeful.Despite almost everyone who don't trust our government anymore,I wanted to think there's still hope and I'm praying it's never too late to make things right one step at a time.
This is not only about the government but this is more of us as citizens of this country.It's more of who we are and what culture we have.We chose our leaders,we put them there.Actually,you chose them because for the past 9 years,I never cast my vote.I just simply don't find anyone worth my vote.If I did find one,I know that one will win even without my vote and usually it happened.
What I'm trying to say is the change should come from us.What can we do to start these changes? I personally think it has something to do with the cuture and tradition.Kung ano ang kinaugalian.Yung takot magtanong.What Cooper displayed on the field inspired me.Sanay kasi tayo na kung anong nandyan,ok na.Kasi yung kaisipan na baka sasama loob nila sa atin if we question or we oppose.Yung kahit di mo naiintindihan,sige pa din.And of course,yung discipline.We are not the only once struck by such devastating calamity.Japan was hugely devastated last year but after a few weeks they are okay.No loothing because their government provided efficiently.
There had been different reactions.Different opinions and stand.other countries pity the kind of government we have including those Filipinos who left the country for good because they simply can't take it.Some are so angry with the system and the entire government.Some even hated that they are part of this country.But I say,such hatred will not do us any good.
For now,I just hope each of us learn from this and be our inspiration moving forward.To those who extended help the best way they can,may God bless you in return.
And to those who took advantage sana karmahin kayo ng one million times up to the 10th generation of your family!I have read some post online of people who witnessed relief goods being repack by DSWD and some relief from the US being replaced or worse,di nakarating sa mga dapat pagbigyan.If these are all true,I swear by the name of God,I will even pray na karmahin talaga kayo!
To the families affected,may God comfort you specially those who totally lose everything including love ones.May God be your comfort.May you find reason to live and move on.May you be surrounded by people who genuinely care and love you in your life time.I pray that God will richly bless you and protect you .Please know,somewhere people feel for you.They cry with you and they just wish they can do something to make things better for you.They feel your pain,anger,and desperation.They can feel you how much more with God.So please don't lose hope.
To our government officials,I don't even know what to say now because honestly I'm in full rage right now.I might have little knowledge about politics but I can understand what's happening and I can read between the lines.I'm not saying all of you are corrupt but maybe the image and the system we have makes me think like you are all the same! Even if I didn't vote for any of you,I have the right to be angry and I deserve an explanation because I have been paying taxes to the government in years on time!We deserve justice and I just want to believe there's still hope.To those who enjoyed a luxurious life coming from our taxes,shame on you.I also pray na sana karmahin din kayo buong buhay nyo! Have fear and conscience,that's all I ask for now.
Blessing in Disguise Amidst Super Typhoon
I'm overwhelmed with what I've witnessed.I still cry everytime I watch the news because it's really painful and hard.Communication lines are still down and still,there's no electricity.
But there are million reasons that makes me happy and smile despite everything.I'll give you some :)
CELEBRITIES (local & international) @ WORK
She was also joined by her sister, actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith.
Among the items sold were gowns Curtis wore in special events in the past year, her personal clothes such as shorts, blazers and shirts, and accessories ands shoes from brands she endorses.
She said the proceeds will be given to World Vision Philippines, the local chapter of the humanitarian organization dedicated to children.
Curtis explained that "as much as I wanted to donate my clothes, my gowns, shorts and heels would not have been appropriate to send to our kababayans."
"At least through selling my items, together we have raised money to buy the immediate relief they need -- water, food, milk for infants, medicine for the wounded," she said. (wise of her)
Karylle on the other hand also promotes her album and all proceeds will be donated.
FINANCIAL DONATIONS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES KEPT POURING IN...
- Sweden: 20 Million Kronor = Php 131 Million
- Denmark: 10 Million Kroner = Php 77 Million
- Norway: 20 Million Kroner = Php 140 Million
- UAE: 36 Million Dirham = Php 423 Million
- UK: 6 Million Pounds = Php 415 Million
- Canada: = Php 206 Million
- Netherlands: 2 Million Euros = Php 115 Million
Other initial lists of international donations given to the Philippines:
- Elements of Okinawa-based 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade board KC-130 for typhoon-ravaged Philippines.
- AUSTRALIA – US$10 million package
- CANADA – C$5 million
- DENMARK – KR 10 million
- EUROPEAN UNION – EUR 3 million
- GERMANY – 23 tons of relief goods
- ISRAEL- team of medical, trauma and relief professionals
- JAPAN – emergency relief medical team
- NEW ZEALAND – NZ $2.15 million
- NORWAY – KR 20 million
- SAUDI ARABIA through Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – US$100,000
- SWEDEN- emergency communications equipment
- TAIWAN – $200,000
- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dhs 36 million
- UNITED KINGDOM – £6 million and $9.6 million worth of emergencysupport package
- UNITED NATIONS Children’s Fund – $1.3 million worth of supplies
- UNITED STATES – initial $100,000 for water and sanitation; Troops, emergency respondents, transportation and equipment
and here's the cutest & most heart touching thing ever ;)
By JUSTIN JOYAS, GMA NewsNovember 12, 2013 8:11pm
A photo of two girls selling lemonade drinks in the US to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines went viral on social media recently.
You Scooper Shekinah Eden Pugh was driving down the street in Studio City, Los Angeles, California when she saw a couple of kids selling lemonade on the street last November 11.
"I was driving down my street on my way to a meeting... when I happened to look to my right and see these two precious little girls selling lemonade," Pugh said.
The stand would have been like any other lemonade stand and the two girls would have thought of selling lemonade and iced tea as any other activity.
However, this business they set up was different.
A sign attached on the table said "Lemonade Ice Tea To Help Typhoon Families."
The kids were selling lemonade and ice tea to neighbors and passersby. The profit they earn will be given to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
"And then I saw their sign, and it hit me like a ton of bricks and made me start crying. These two precious little girls were standing out there selling lemonade and ice tea to help the typhoon families, a cause very dear to my heart," Pugh said.
When she saw the two girls selling drinks for a good cause, she became emotional.
"It just restored my faith in humanity, that there are still people out there, young children, who love the way we are supposed to love, who are kind and thoughtful, and selfless," Pugh added.
Pugh stopped by twice; each time, she donated money. At her second visit, she took the photo of them alongside the stand, posing with pride.
Thereafter, Pugh shared the photo with YouScoop, the citizen journalism arm of GMA News. The photo went viral.
As of this posting, the photo gained 10,244 likes and 5,847 shares on Facebook. The photo also has 452 retweets and 329 favorites on Twitter.
Users were quick to praise the kids for their kindness.
When asked why she uploaded it online, Pugh answered "I needed the world to know what I had just experienced, that the future of our world is in good hands with these young children like this, that the most unsuspecting hearts can change the world I felt like it was a beautiful message to send to the people of the Philippines. That you all know that we love you, and we support you. It's incredible how the beautiful, pure hearts of children can truly humble grown adults, bring them to tears, and remind them of what's important."
The kids will be donating all the money they earn to Philippine Red Cross.
You can help too. GMA News is curating a list of relief donations and rescue operations nationwide.
Last November 8, Typhoon Yolanda hit 2/3 of the Philippines, especially Central Visayas. As of November 12, the death toll has reached 1,774. When it exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the typhoon hit parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. — VC, GMA News
and many more encouraging and inspiring stories ;)
May God bless everyone who express their help and support.May God repay them ten thousand fold!
Super Typhoon Yolanda
November 11, 2013
(CNN) -- Powered by ferocious winds, the fast-moving Super Typhoon Haiyan swept Friday through the Philippines, a country of more than 92 million people all too familiar with destructive storms.
In the Philippines, they're calling it Super Typhoon Yolanda. Haiyan is the name given to it by the World Meteorological Organization and is the Chinese name for "petrel," a type of seabird.
Typhoons are a numbers game, whipping up comparisons of intensity, wind speeds, gusts, rainfall and, for the people in their path, homes and lives lost, and dollars and time needed to rebuild.
On a number of counts, Haiyan could be the biggest of all, ever, anywhere.
READ: Super Typhoon Haiyan hits central Philippines
What's in a name?
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Typhoons and hurricanes are both tropical cyclones, but they assume different names, depending on their location.
Typhoons form in the northwest Pacific Ocean, west of the international date line. They become Super Typhoons if they reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 240 kilometers per hour (150 mph, or 130 knots), according to theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A Super Typhoon is the equivalent of a strong Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Atlantic, or a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone in the Australian basin.
With winds of up to 315 kilometers per hour (195 miles per hour), and gusts of 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan is thought to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall anywhere in the world in recorded history.
The Philippines is in the firing line, for a number of reasons.
Path of destruction
The Philippines sits on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, the most active area for tropical cyclones because of the vast expanse of deep, warm ocean water.
The country comprises more than 7,000 islands, leaving plenty of exposed coast at the mercy of wind and rain.
More than 92 million people live there, most of them outside the capital, Manila, where 12 million people are packed into one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
Haiyan made landfall south of the capital, while most people were sleeping, about 4:30 a.m. local time Friday. It crashed into Guiuan, in Eastern Samar, before island-hopping to Dulag-Tolosa, then to the municipality of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island on the island of Cebu.
Previously, the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in the Philippines was Typhoon Reming -- or Durian, as it was called by the World Meteorological Organization -- which hit land in 2006, crossing southern Luzon with gusts of 320 kph (199 mph), according to PAGASA, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. A state of calamity was declared, clearing the way for emergency funding as international aid agencies swung into gear.
Super Typhoon Haiyan's predicted track
Red Cross: Floodwater is biggest concern
Super Typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines
An average of eight or nine tropical cyclones make landfall in the Philippines each year. Only six have affected the country this year, compared with the record of 19 that smashed into the coast in 1993.
However, the Manila Observatory has warned that this cyclone is very large in diameter and has very powerful winds. Low cloud temperatures are expected to bring heavy rainfall, leading to flash floods and higher river levels, which could inundate low-lying areas.
The Philippines is covered in mountains, which drop sharply to coastal areas, increasing the risk of devastating landslides. Storm surges are also a risk along the populated coasts. Despite the frequency of violent storms, many of the buildings are not built to withstand a heavy battering from strong wind and rain.
Over the last decade, the Philippines has consistently ranked in the top five most disaster-hit countries -- along with China, the United States, India and Indonesia -- according to the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, or CRED.
By international standards, the Philippines may be showing strong annual economic growth, but it's one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 165th in GDP per capita, according to the CIA World Factbook.
In 2012, GDP per capita was $4,500. And figures from 2009 show that slightly more than a quarter of the country's population was living below the poverty line.
Any natural disasters deal a hefty blow to the country's finances. As recently as October, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit the central Bohol province, killing more than 200 people and resulting in a recovery effort that was still underway before the onset of Haiyan.
The biggest natural disaster to hit the country -- in terms of the number of people affected and the total cost of damage -- occurred last year, according to the International Disaster Database.
Image shared on Twitter
Typhoon Bopha slammed into the country in December 2012, killing more than 1,900 people. More than 6 million people were affected, and the cleanup bill reached $1.7 billion, according to the CRED.
The Philippines may be forced to endure a steady onslaught of natural disasters, but on Friday, its people remained defiant. During the storm, an image was being shared on Twitter with the hashtag #StrongerPH. It said: "The Filipino spirit is stronger than any typhoon."
- Typhoon Yolanda, is one of the strongesttropical cyclones ever recorded; meteorologists say it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. The thirty-first named storm, thirteenth typhoon, and fifth super-typhoon of the 2013
- Yolanda has only broken one record out of thirteen. The record for maximum sustained surface wind speed.
- It would be the 24th storm to hit the country.
- Yolanda brings to mind, for those who are in the 50s and above, a superstorm that hit the Philippines on Nov 14, 1970 - Yoling. Going by Philippine tradition of having pet or nickname, a woman with the first name Yolanda would have a nickname of Yolly if she were a city girl and Yoling if she were a country lass.
That trivia said, the parallelism of the two mega typhoons makes one wonder if Yolanda is the youngest daughter of Yoling, or perhaps eldest granddaughter. Both have the 2nd week of November as their hit dates.
despite everything,here's a trending tweet on twitter :)
I praise the Lord in the midst of storm.May God bless the Phillippines!
for more news visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2494635/Philippines-super-typhoon-Haiyan-powerful-storm-history.html
Dozens dead as magnitude-7.1 earthquake hits the Philippines
Dozens dead as magnitude-7.1 earthquake hits the Philippines By Lateef Mungin, CNN
The quake, which struck early in the morning, crumbled a number of buildings and sent panicked people streaming into the streets, witnesses said.
The bulk of the casualties -- 90 deaths and 166 injuries -- came in Bohol province. At least nine were killed in Cebu province and one died in the province of Siquijor, the Philippines News Agency reported, citing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Most of those killed were hit by falling rubble, the agency reported. So far, nearly 2.9 million people from 560,000 families have been affected.
7.1 earthquake rocks Philippines Dozens of people were missing, and authorities were checking into reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings in Cebu and Bohol, the agency reported.
Landslides were reported in Cebu, according to the disaster council, which also reported stampedes at two venues in that province, as well as damage to a port terminal, an airport tower, a fish port, a public market, schools, churches, hospitals, bridges, roads, government buildings and residences across Bohol, Cebu and outlying areas.
Power was restored to most affected areas, except Bohol province, the city of Cadiz and part of the city of Iloilo.
The quake was centered about 620 kilometers (385 miles) south-southeast of Manila, near Catigbian, and its depth was 20 kilometers (12 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Philippines disaster council gave the temblor a slightly higher rating, 7.2 magnitude, than the USGS.
Maryann Zamora, a communications specialist with the charity World Vision, reported seeing glass and concrete in the streets of the city of Cebu, about 60 kilometers north of the epicenter.
"Right now we are in the streets because it is unsafe to be inside," she said by phone, her voice shaking as one of more than 10 aftershocks hit. "Tell everyone to pray for us."
I feel so sad.I feel for the families who lost some love ones.I feel sad with the places destroyed specially tourist spots in Bohol and Cebu.I was so emotional because we were just there last June and It breaks my heart to see the ruins on the beautiful areas that we once had a beautiful snap shots.
SOME TOURIST SPOTS ARE RUINED
BOHOL CHOCOLATE HILLS
The wishing well was entirely damaged.
It's the oldest church in the country and now it's just sad how it was ruined just like that.
Most of all,I remember kuya Tony and the others who welcomed us warmly and lovingly when we went there...
Thank God,they are safe.Too bad their house was destroyed but at least no one is hurt in his family and that's lots of reasons to be thankful.
I pray that God will make us stronger and that the families who lose some love ones will be comforted.May they find the strength to start over again.May they never lost the courage to keep going on.
May God bless us,keep us safe and heal our land.