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Braving The Storm The Filipino Way

August 20, 2013
Typhoon in the Philippines

A tropical storm is currently wrecking havoc in the Philippines as I type this entry and my hometown has suffered the most during this storm. It’s devastating to see the photos on the news – roads and houses under water, people on the roof of their houses seeking refuge as they have no other place to go and relief operations in different parts of my town. It is devastating and saddening if you read the news but try going through my personal Facebook account, it makes me smile and makes me even prouder to be a Filipino.

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You see, we are used to these calamities. The Philippines being an archipelago suffers a lot from storm/typhoons and we have somehow adapted to this kind of life, we have accepted this fate and being the wise people that we are – we are prepared to face the worst. The Filipino resilience is beyond your imagination, there is no storm that we are unable to go through (literally and metaphorically speaking). In the course of all these calamities that we have been facing year after year, we will always find a reason to smile and think of only one important thing – it will pass. These photos will prove it:

Photo credits: M. Argulla

Photo credits: M. Argulla

Photo credits: A. Araullo

Photo credits: A. Araullo

Photo credits: R.E.Chua

Photo credits: R.E.Chua

Photo credits: L. Cabrera

Photo credits: L. Cabrera

Photo credits: G. Pedrosa

Photo credits: G. Pedrosa

And once the water finally subsides, cleaning up is always a messy affair.

Photo credits: L. Dungo

Photo credits: L. Dungo

In times of calamities, it’s good to have the Filipino spirit – it’s waterproof. 🙂

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  • Reply restlessjo August 25, 2013 at 20:17

    So glad you can still smile. It must be heartbreaking 🙂

  • Reply Jay Lovete August 21, 2013 at 15:02

    the abs! #6 pic 🙂

  • Reply Michael August 20, 2013 at 20:13

    Pinay,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones there. Michael

  • Reply GoldyGal August 20, 2013 at 19:04

    I guess you need to have that spirit to be able tot cope with situations like this.. I have a huuuge amount of respect for you guys.. Hope you’ll never get rid of that Filipino spirit of yours!

  • Reply portfoleio August 20, 2013 at 18:30

    Proud to be Filipina/Filipino…. Thanks Pinay Flying High!

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