“To all Bicolanos, every calamity is a reminder of Typhoon Reming.” November 26, 2006. Typhoon Reming. I remember of how terrifying it was to hear the hissing sounds of strong winds; the loud heavy rains aggressively pounding our roof and windows; and how for the first time, our house was entered by rainwater. But then, last November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda happened. The typhoon that was way worse than Reming. The typhoon that nearly wiped out the whole Visayas, specifically Tacloban. Seeing and hearing all the news in all types of media, it saddened me, that it made me cry. It made me think about all the children that was about my age when Reming happened, how scared they might have felt, and how traumatic this calamity has been for them. I somehow knew how these children felt. But I know what they felt and what they are feeling right at this very moment is ten times more than what I felt.
This strong feeling of sympathy for our brothers and sisters in the Visayan Regions is what led to us Bicolanos to do everything that we could to help them get up on their feet again. Even thought I’m still just a student, I know that I can do something to help the victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda and these are the following:
First, (November 12, 2013) I donated some of my unused clothes to what used to be our OJT Office, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Albay Inc. I also happen to be the owner of an Online Shop, named “Mademoiselle R’s Boutique”, so I posted this photo on my shop’s Instagram Account and also on my shop’s Facebook Page to disseminate the information that YMCA was already accepting Relief Goods of any kind that time, and also to somehow encourage some of my customers/buyers to donate also. Please refer to the photo next page.
Second, (November 13, 2013) during the aftermath of the Typhoon Yolanda, clean and safe drinking water was a scarce resource in the Visayan Regions. So, I made way for me to be able to donate...
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