Visayas – one of three main island groups in the Philippines, the one in the middle, just recently found itself in the midst of a super typhoon called Haiyan (local name Yolanda). The news that pops up every time I check the internet is just saddening. Not to mention just a month ago, an earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu, also parts of Visayas.
In light of these deadly natural phenomena, I can’t help but recall the nice places I’ve seen in this region. Random thoughts:
Leyte – home of the best Kinilaw I ever tasted (in Ocho Seafood and Grill in Tacloban!), light and easy mood, Lake Danao, Geothermal Power plants
Bohol – LOADED. Too much beauty and wonder in one province. Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, Panglao Island, Danao, Tarsiers, green, blue and brown, come so well together.
Cebu – lively, old and new combined, dried mangoes
Iloilo – the first place I visited via plane
And I read even parts of Palawan, my favorite province in the country to date, had a taste of the typhoon’s wrath too (the lovely Coron was hit badly).
Prayer and monetary donation are the only things I can do at the moment. But I know every amount contributed adds up to a great sum that will provide the much needed help. On the other hand, this is a time when you can see the benefits of the internet. Information travels so fast, and help can be sent even from miles away.
So to any internet user out there, who is capable, let us help the victims of the calamity. And to my fellow Filipinos, especially in the Visayas, let us all stand strong in facing this challenge. And let us learn from all these and be better prepared in the future.
There are a lot of options to help, as listed in > this page < of the Rappler website.
(Music used in the video: Here It Is by Dan Phillipson)
P.S. Hats off to the people who are helping on the scene. I wish I can do the same.