Help is coming.


Filipinos have never been strangers to chaos, but loss is rarely less biting for its familiarity. This loss, four thousand strong and counting, paralysing in its magnitude and suddenness, seems too much for a third world country that is already on rickety crutches.

And yet, wonder of wonders, it isn’t .

You who began with little, and you who came out with nothing, save for your life, please remember this:

A life that has nothing, being life, still has the potential to be the start of everything.

Recovery is never a question of possibility, only of time and effort. It’s been twelve days, the longest twelve days in recent memory. Recovery, it begins.


DLSU Manila Relief Operations. November 19, 2013.

Help is coming, though it may be slow and trickling in haphazard rivulets.

Help is coming, and though our learning curve for disaster response is steep, we are learning and we are moving.

Help is coming, as on the heels of reports of injury and death are accounts of hope —  of Japanese preschooler Shoichi Kodoh turning over the entire contents of his piggy bank to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, of Brooklyn children busking for donations, and of little American girls setting up a lemonade stand for the benefit of the typhoon victims. It is a five year old, who will incidentally turn six next week, giving up Sunday playtime to help repack food and clothing for those who need them.

Small people are doing small things with great love.


Philippine Army Wellness Center Relief Operations. November 17, 2013.

Help is coming, help that is personal and communal. Help that springs from a donation sent from a cellular phone, in a provincial bedroom. Help that springs from local and international relief operations where there are no divides, no ages, no genders, no professions, no social classes, no financial backgrounds, and possibly most significantly, no political affiliations — only a common intention to restore dignity.  We are not forgotten, and let us never forget.

Help is coming, and it is creative and innovative. It is loud, reverberating from benefit concerts and telethons. It is quiet, as in the constant and fervent whispers of prayers.

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
 Deliver me
from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
and from the deep waters.
Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or the pit close its mouth over me.
Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
– Psalms 69:13-16

Help is coming — within the 7,107 islands, across oceans, from above.

Help is coming, and is bringing with it hope, fleeting and fragile; but we are Filipinos, stronger than Starks, and we rise, and rise, and rise again.


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Help is coming from Nobeoka, Japan! Some of my former students from Kyushu University of Health and Welfare spent their weekend asking for donations for the victims of Yolanda, on their own initiative. Villagers, you constantly surprise me with your irrepressible goodness and capacity to give. Thank you!どうも ありがとう ございます


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If you would be so kind as to help the Philippines, it will be much appreciated. Salamat!

Photos are mine unless stated otherwise (The first photo is credited to AFP/Charism Sayat). My photos may be used with permission (Just drop a comment here or on twitter).



4 thoughts on “Help is coming.

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  2. Mabuti nga at marami ang tumulong. But the devastation is far too great to lay loose our hands and say everything’s covered. I think we need to be more vigilant this time, in terms of the intensity of upcoming storms and national governance. I’d like to believe everyone’s taking a part in this, we ought to. 🙂 Thanks for the positive post. Tama, help is coming.

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