Bouncing Back

Typhoons are not really that new to us anymore. We have had our own share of typhoon stories to last us the next lifetime. The recent typhoon, that which was Yolanda will forever scar us the most. Yes, I could say that it has created a wound so deep that once it heals will eternally be engraved in our soul.

I guess by now you have seen how tragic photos of the aftermath. Countless people are still missing, how many people are hungry, families who haven't talked for days, some just exhausted and devastated with loss. Only a few from the thousands have been found. It's heartbreaking really. Donations not reaching the victims and roads not safe for travel.

Here's a photo of paper messages from our fellow Filipinos reaching out to their relatives as communication is still yet to be fixed. Photo is from GMA Network's online write-up with the headline: 'Buhi kami tanan': Yolanda survivors send messages to loved ones posted last November 10th.
Photo from GMA Network.
I admire still how we get back on our feet and find reasons to smile. Hope never fades. Like how resilient the bamboo is, no strong wind can ever break us. At this moment, what we can do is pray and spare a few moment of your time by reaching out. Let's do our part, let's help out.

Here are a few local institutions you can head out:

UP Cebu SC and UP Katilingban Han Leyteño Ngan Samarnon ug Biliranon
Contact persons: Darl Santos of KaLeSa-Bi and Ynna Bisnar of UPC SC at0943-4116336, 09328637303

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. 
Address: 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City
Contact person: Edwin Marfil (local 510) or Totits Ocampo (local 204) at (032) 418-7234

YUPPIES Care Ministries of the Grace Baptist Church of Cebu City, Inc.
Address: 628B Happy Valley Road, Guadalupe
Contact person: Jaspher Obiña at 0923-1500219, 0918-3484294, or 0917-7149679

Lingap Gabriella Bohol
Address: FARDEC Office, Lower Butalid St. Tagbiliran City
Contact number: 0912-5949170

Bangon Isabel, Leyte
Contact persons: Pipo Omega at 0933-4219705 or Shiena Marie Bucol at 0917-3262258/0922-8001987 (Cebu)

Red Cross accepts donation via Donate-a-Load

Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)


Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:

Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Any amount can go a long way.

A Google Person Finder database has been made to track down and document missing typhoon victims for everyone to access online:

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.” 

Hope is in our hands. Let's do our share.

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