Hearing about 10,000 killed after the deadly typhoon on November 8 in Visayas made us here in Manila and all over the world want to help out. Specifically in Tacloban, there are many people starving, desperate for just a little bit of food. We have to keep in mind that they have nothing. Luckily, there are many goods being brought to them by many foundations. I’m pretty sure everyone would want to help out in this tragedy, even by donating your pocket money. The people in my year and their moms wanted to do more even after helping out in our school. I heard that we should have packed earlier to get to Tacloban. But giving them a load of goods is much better than giving none. And plus, better late than never.
By the way I discovered a video from Kryz Uy as she shared it on her blog. Check it out!
There are so many nations that have helped us and us filipinos are so thankful for what they have done. As said in Kryz’s post the video was originally made for Haiti. But the message is that we all joined hands to make the world a better place. “We are the world, we are the children.”
We spent wednesday afternoon packing goods for the people who have been affected from the typhoon. Arriving at my friend’s house we worked down at the basement. And I must say, there were A LOT of things to be packed: Rice, canned goods, noodles, milk, biscuits, crackers, polvoron, water, toiletries and even slippers! Our goal was to make 500 bags, can you imagine! To us that meant it was going to take forever. Our system that the parents came up with was very organized. All of us were assigned to different stations- I was in charge of bread pan! We passed on each bag around the tables starting from the rice all the way to the slippers.
Some of my friends described it as working in a factory, and it really seemed like we were. The difference was there was music! It’s funny how we would speed up whenever we liked a song or when the beat dropped. That’s how it’s like living in the 21st century. However the music didn’t affect me, the pizza did. That was my motivation to work fast- the fact that we were going to eat pizza after.
Standing L-R: Alex, Zeth, Ruva, Kristine, Misha, Yanna, Tia, Thea, Sandy, Alex, Mica, Alexa, Manu, Drei, Billy
Kneeling L-R: Riana (me), Patricia, Maxine, Bettina
Sitting L-R: Julia, Kyla, Renzo, Sabine, Rico, Audrey
(Missing Kina and Lanz!)
Photos by My mom (Pia Lago)
And a long afternoon of shoving goods into 570 bags was over! We reached our goal and more. A portion of the bags were donated to San Antonio and the others to our school. We helped a lot last wednesday and I wouldn’t mind packing even more again! I’d like to thank our moms for organising everything and my batch mates of course for spending time to help the people affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Little by little we are all making a difference for the people in Tacloban and other areas in the Visayas a much better and safer place for them to live in. We are stronger, bigger and better than this natural disaster.