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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Other Side of the Coin (Proud to be Filipino)

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

What makes the Filipino people distinctively different from other nationalities? 

How many times have we heard foreigners instantly answer about our warm hospitality?

To those who don’t really know Filipinos, there’s another side to the coin that they fail to truly realize. There is something that makes us more unique. We may be hiding behind our warm smiles and sometimes pretending to be okay but we have gone through so much in a span of decades. That other side of the coin is that behind the smiles are strong, tough and enduring people because Filipinos, without a doubt, are the epitome of resiliency.

How many times have we been ravaged by typhoons year after year? We sometimes even complete using the letters of the alphabet to name the different storms that come our way. Imagine this year; the name of the most recent cyclone is “Yolanda”. The Philippines may not be one of the best-placed countries on the world map because of typhoons frequently trudging our way but there is a reason why we are here. There is something significant why Filipinos are placed there in the first place. The only reason I can think of is that we are a nation with very strong faith that despite countless typhoons, disastrous earthquakes and erupting volcanoes, we live on with our lives and still show the most recognized side of the coin to other nationalities; our warm smiles. 

Let’s give a helping hand to the people affected by Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

“So that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:4

Below are different sites where you can donate to the victims of the storm.


GMA Kapuso Foundation

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation

Through XOOM

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