It’s been seven days (as of writing) since Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) struck our nation (Philippines) and we have really been filled with grief and sadness. Seven days (now ten) — it took me this long to finally gather strength and be able to compose this entry. Seeing the news, how the winds it carried blew our islands is really shocking. Never outside the movies I have seen such strong catastrophe, and I am just talking about the actual storm — the very moment when the rain was falling, when they were all running for their lives.
Photos from Google
The aftermath is a different story, and everything dawned on me right when video footages and images were published. It’s so heartbreaking, I wish I could think of a better word, but the degree of both the physical and emotional damage is too much that I am always left speechless. I do not directly know any affected from these areas but having the same citizenship as these people is enough to really feel the pain. Even those who live in the other parts of the globe feel it — the words “fellow and countrymen” mean more than just words cited in dictionaries.
There’s not an instance that I never went teary-eyed or actually cried every time I watch or read up about it. It’s just too hard to bear. I cannot fathom, really.
If only I have a million to give away or any means to be there physically but I don’t and it so damn hurts. Even so, I know in my heart that my clothes and some groceries/toiletries will make their way to these families. It’s touching to know and to see that a lot are really extending all the help that they can. It’s amazing that international help are coming, but this just shows how much destruction Haiyan has cost our country. So up until today, we are appealing for donations and help in all forms. TV personalities, big bosses, public and private companies and schools — everyone — have been doing a lot of fund raising to increase more collection.
For your guidance, I have compiled a simple list where you can participate — what, where and how:
- UNICEF – http://donate.unicef.ph/campaign/24/typhoon-yolanda
- World Vision – http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/pages/donate-redirect?Open
- World Food Programme – https://www.wfp.org/donate/typhoon-philippines
- Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
- Sagip Kapamilya – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/tulongph
Our SMG Manila office has also launched the #HelpAsOne campaign for the benefit of the typhoon victims. In line with this, we are organizing a garage sale to hit our P1 Million pledge, so if you have pre-loved stuff or anything that you want to give out — groceries, toiletries, used but not tattered clothes are all welcome — you may drop them off at:
**And you can drop by to buy, too!
Starcom Mediavest Group
25th Floor, Tower 2, The Enterprise Center, Ayala Avenue cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
If you don’t have time to find the office, we can arrange a meet up, and for this purpose here’s my contact number: