After Haiyan/Yolanda

By now, I’m sure the whole world knows what hit the Philippines last week: just one of the craziest typhoons in recorded history.

It’s heartwarming to receive messages of concern from friends abroad, and I’m thankful(?) that my hometown was hardly hit. Sadly, other parts of the country weren’t so “lucky”. (And that’s all that’s saved us, really–geography–not divine providence.) Over 10,000 people are feared to be dead or missing. We get hit by typhoons every year, but not like this. It’s feared to get worse as the effects of climate change increase, but that’s a discussion for another day.

It’s so heartbreaking that I’m still at a loss for words. I can’t even describe my own grief. (Despite this, others are being total morons.)

I’m leaving this space in memory of all who perished, their mourning kinsmen, and the countless others still missing. The human spirit is resilient–regardless of nationality or ethnicity–and prayers can be a great comfort, but right now, nothing can be more helpful than food, clean water, medicine, and dry clothing. I wish I could give more, but at the moment, this is how I can help. We should all help in whatever way that we can.

Here are some ways how:

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Proper use of Twitter, Facebook hashtags regarding #YolandaPH" via justinpaolo (

“Proper use of Twitter, Facebook hashtags regarding #YolandaPH” via justinpaolo (

You can also find a great deal of ways to help here:

You may also enquire on how to help where you live. Canada’s Red Cross/Croix Rouge makes itself available for Canadians who’d like to offer their assistance. I’m sure other countries are doing the same, too.

Thanks ever so much for taking time to read this!

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