A few days ago, I, along with many other Filipinos, thought that the strong rains were yet another of the mundane storms that pass our country from time to time, during the season we call the “rainy season”. Unknown to us, this storm was unlike any other that the country has experienced.
I’m pretty sure you guys have caught wind of the current situation of the Philippines with the recent onslaught of typhoon Ketsana, locally known as “Ondoy”. Our province was one of the places that got flooded (as per usual when storms go through the country) but I’m somewhat thankful, that we are generally safe, as our small city wasn’t affected greatly by this passing storm. However, the country’s capital, faced a very unexpected fate, as it has experienced one of the worst floods that happened in the history of the Philippines.
from Philippine Aid
This photo is one of the many images that illustrates how bad the floods have affected several cities and provinces in the country. Currently the death toll has reached 246 people and it is still rising — I have found out that one of my colleagues during my college days has lost both his mother and his aunt in this ordeal, and I couldn’t help but feel sad for him.
Thankfully, a lot of people have already started taking action and doing their part in helping — whether it is by donating goods or money to relief drives, or physically volunteering and helping out the victims of the flood.
I just finished donating a portion of my cellphone load to the Philippine Red Cross via SMS (see first photo in the post) if you are living in the Philippines and have a cellphone, you can do your part to help! You can donate by texting RED space AMOUNT and send to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart). You can donate 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 300 pesos.
To those who are outside the Philippines, you can also do your part to help! You can check out this blog entry, and see if there are any available donation sites in your country where you can send or drop off your donations.
A fellow cosplayer here in the country has also posted a comprehensive journal entry on her deviantArt page with photos and more information about where to donate, as well as sites where you can be updated with the latest news regarding this ordeal.
Lastly, to those who feel that they are unable to share material donations, you can always channel some moments of thought and prayer that these victims would soon be safe and be able to live through this ordeal.