MY HEART IS BROKEN in the wake of the incredible devastation in my home country, the Philippines, caused by monstrous typhoon Haiyan. I’m deeply anguished every time I see the news coverage and photos of the devastation on TV, newspaper and the internet. I feel helpless witnessing it from afar, wishing that there’s something I can physically do to help and to ease the victims’ pain. For now all I can do is send financial help and prayers. One thing I’m extremely thankful for is that my family back home is okay.
I’m deeply moved by the overwhelming support that the Philippines is receiving from the international community. For those of you who have sent help and prayers, please know that we Filipinos are very thankful from the bottom of our hearts.
For those of you who still wish to help, please visit the link below for a list of organization where you can channel your contribution. Every little help will go a long, long way for my fellow Filipinos who were terribly affected by the calamity. Thank you.
How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors
By now, you’re probably too depressed seeing the heartbreaking images of the devastation every time the Philippines is on the news. Let me then uplift you (and myself as well) with some lovely images from my home country.
These photos were taken during a few days of island hopping in El Nido, Palawan the last time Keith and I visited the Philippines in 2011. This is my Philippines, the beautiful. I hope it will make you smile.
The town of El Nido is the stepping stone to Bacuit Archipelago, which is dotted with breathtaking limestone islands with beautiful unspoiled beaches, colorful water with abundance of marine life, spectacular caves and amazing diving and snorkeling sites, etc.
I know that the sun will shine again and the people in the Philippines will rise and heal from the calamity like they always do. With the support and kindness of the world, they will even have more strength to do so.
I hope that someday you can visit the Philippines to see its amazing beauty for yourself and to experience the warmth, kindness, hospitality and gratefulness of its beautiful, resilient people. As we say in the Philippines, MABUHAY!
Note: El Nido, Palawan is located a It is about 420 kilometres (260 mi) southwest of Manila. Fortunately, it suffered minimal damage from typhoon Haiyan.