In the wake of typhoon 'Sendong', I find myself both saddened and amazed.
I am saddened by the destruction and death wrought by the killer rains. As of this writing, the death toll has now passed the one-thousand mark, and is still likely to rise. People affected by the floods struggle to piece back their lives together. Families are scattered, with many losing someone precious to them. Whole communities have been wiped out by the floods, and questions rise about the wisdom of settling in those areas to begin with.
Despite all these, it's amazing, and touching, to see that the spirit of the Filipino remains indefatigable. As soon as word came out about the tragedy, people hurriedly mobilized themselves, and relief operations began almost immediately. The spirit of Christmas was strong in the air, as people willingly gave of themselves in order to help those in need. The stories of generosity are as numerous as of those of tragedy. While the giving will not erase the horrors that people in the affected areas have experienced, at least it will help ease the burden, and maybe help these people rise from the ashes.
It is said that the brightest of lights shines in the darkest of times. I'm glad that our countrymen have risen to the occasion, and have proven this to be true.