It’s one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in history that swept away barangays(villages) and devastated the city of Tacloban, displacing half a million people in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, the largest Christian,community in Asia.
In the midst of all the sufferings that the people of the Philippines went through icluding the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol also in Central Philippines just a few weeks earlier, I take the time off to reflect on this sad moment and offer my thoughts and prayers to all those who drowned, now estimated to reach over 5000 men, women and children from the tsunami-style waves caused by tropical storm Haiyan that the people never expected to be this big and ferocious and thank the international community who joined hands to extend their support and donations.
Pope Francis echoes his shouts of prayer in St Peter’s square to the country Philippines: “I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and of that region. Unfortunately there are many victims and the damage is enormous. We pray now in silence … for our brothers and sisters, and we will seek to also send concrete help.”
Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat finds time to seek help on behalf of the beleaguered country : “South Floridians, we can relate to storms where you just brace and hold your breath and even when you’re holding your breath you know the worst is coming.That’s how it felt with this. My family is fine. But some regions have just been slammed. They’re going to need a lot of help. As soon as we started getting more updates, it was a no-brainer to get involved with UNICEF and the NBA. Micky, the Heat have been phenomenal.” Thank you to the Miami Heat organization for reaching out to the Philippines to the tune of 1 Million Dollars.Spoelstra has often spoken of the pride he takes in his Filipino-American heritage, and when he was approached to help with relief efforts, he did not hesitate to commit.
After this harrowing experience gripping the middle part of the nation, the people are ready to move on and to muster every strength needed from the debilitating pain they suffered from loss of lives and property — children ( pls see photo) are out and about ready to rumble through the streets playing a pick up game of basketball from an improvised wooden goal post, a pile of debris providing a backdrop.They would like to put this thing at the back of their minds and move on. [Note photos provided did not originate from author,but would like to thank those who shared the pix from blogger-friends.]