Typhoon Yolanda First Anniversary.
It’s been a year! The hardships and struggles we endured through these trying times were one of the most dramatic phases of our lives to date. There are still many challenges ahead, let us brace for them. There were many lessons learned, and sad to say, some of them are still not learned. I still hope and pray that the lessons from the typhoon has brought real change within us. There’s still so much hatred, hypocrisy, greed, jealousy, indifference, selfishness and apathy. How nice it would have been that after the typhoon – love, compassion and kindness overwhelmed our country instead? Then it would have been a better place for all of us. Yes we can still make this world a better place. Let’s continue to heal our land. Keep on doing kind things even if the world has been unkind. Repay with kindness. Keep the faith!
Keeping the faith indeed. Ironic as it may be, but my dying faith for our country has been resuscitated by two things:
1. The love, compassion and kindness from the people that have stepped out of their way to help our people and our land, most of them are not even related to our blood or race. They are the unsung heroes of our time. You know who you are – may the Great Spirit Above continue to make you instruments of peace and love. The world needs you.
2. The resiliency of the Filipino spirit, the willingness to brave every storm that comes their way, and at the end of the day, still know how to put a smile on their faces. That’s really one of a kind!
For my part, I will continue to document life after the typhoon through photography. There is an intrinsic longing inside me to keep on doing this, because I feel there’s a dire need to put back a sense of reality and truth to what is really happening. There is a lot of misnomer, misinformation, deception and manipulation of the true state of the aftermath.
Here’s a compilation (99 photos) of my photographic mis-adventures during the last 12 long months since that fateful day on November 8, 2013 when the strongest typhoon recorded in human history made landfall. I hope somehow with these photos, you’ll get the bigger picture.
May God bless us, heal our country and our land.
Oh and by the way, be sure to check this out, Roy Vink: Life after the storm. Tacloban, one year on from #Haiyan. I met Roy (virtually) weeks aftermath the typhoon over some photography projects we collaborated for the aftermath. Since then, we became friends. And as a testimony on how cool this guy is, he did make a blog page article for my photography. He has been helping us getting the real message and the bigger picture to his country and to the rest of the world. My gratitude to him for making this possible! Initiatives like this are inspiration to many. Thank you Roy! Just one of the unsung heroes I have the honor to know after the typhoon.
All the best!