(This is just another one of those love posts I had committed to be featured in my blog till Valentine’s Day 02.14.14).
The victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda- which came a month later, were simply devastated all around, physically, mentally, emotionally and what have you. But not in their determination and spirit to survive and move on. It is not easy but there is no other choice.
Thank God that we are a community of nations and humanity who are quick to extend help and support by whatever means. It was amazing that even China, which has some reasons to hate the Philippines due to the Manila hostage crisis where several Hongkong nationals were killed and the South China / West Philippine sea row, extended support by sending medical personnel, health workers and a floating hospital.
Indeed, in times of severe need and disaster we witness the real humanity of community of nations acting in seamless efforts and sympathy with one another. After all, we are loving humans of this world. My only wish is that this feeling and behavior of humanity and humaneness should always be there even without disaster or in times of peace and plenty, so-to-speak.
Miss Bea Rose Santiago (Miss Philippines), who was recently crowned Miss International has these fitting words for all of us. When asked what would be her message to the world if she wins the “Miss International” beauty pageant, she answered: “The whole world saw how my country, the Philippines, suffered. The agony of my people was felt, but one by one, country to country came to help. I would like to thank all the nations that helped my country. In our darkest hours you have opened my eyes and my heart on how important if we all just support each other. If I become “Miss International”, I will uphold international camaraderie to sustain the spirit for sympathy and to continually share the message of hope. I believe that whatever calamity may come, as long as we help each other, there will be hope. Thank you.”
And equally amazing was the victims’ resiliency in the face of these calamities.
Speaking of coping-up mechanism, here’s a tear-jerking video of the Loboc Children’s Choir singing “The Prayer” against the backdrop of the Loboc Church ruins in Bohol. (Video credits: http://www.spinnr.com)
Even these young music gems, whose voices seem heaven-sent, aren’t new to disasters. The centuries-old church in Bohol where they perform has been reduced to rubble after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the province in October. Yet they managed to lend their voices—together with Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misaluch, Noel Cabangon and other popular young artists to uplift the Filipino spirit in dark times like this.
The road to recovery is hard and long but it will be less painful if we continue to hold each other’s arms, embrace and sing songs of hope.