I know I’ve been gone for like, almost a month. Sorry for that, I was just too busy with juggling acads and extra-curricular stuff, what with the ARSA Inter-Athletics Competition (IAC) season starting. But don’t fret ’cause I’m back, and I sure hope it’s for good! :))
How are you all doing right now?
I hope you’re all safe. As you may or may not know, where I am right now, we’re experiencing floods and torrential, almost-unending rains. Yes, I am in Metro Manila, specifically in Quezon City, which is one of the affected areas of the floods and heavy rains. Luckily, though, the place I live in is a bit elevated, so we only have bits of flood here and there, reaching only to as high as the gutters in the streets. In other parts of Luzon and the metro, however, water levels are up to as high as 8 feet deep. That’s more than one person, if you don’t know.
It is typhoon season around this time in the Philippines, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been experiencing rains since I think two weeks ago. Already, two typhoons have come and go but it was just Monday when the continuous downpour started. For three days already, the rain didn’t let the sun shine up so high. When I woke up this morning, the rain had already stop and the sky looked promising compared to yesterday. But come afternoon, the rain showed up again, and with a bit of vengeance, if I may say so.
The terrible weather we’re experiencing now is like a repeat of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 where there was unending rain for two days but what’s worse about what we’re having now is that it’s just a monsoon and yet it’s been raining endlessly for three days already. This has led to people losing their loved ones and their homes. Even we’re losing four days of school, with the city mayor suspending classes until Friday. Because of this, Filipinos are once again standing up to extend a helping hand to their countrymen.
I live in the dormitory inside my school, which is Ateneo de Manila University. Whenever there are disasters, expect Ateneo to be one of the first to respond. It has served as a relief operations center since forever, and always, us dormers are the first ones to respond to the call for help in the relief operations because we are just inside campus. But although the dormers are usually the first to respond, you will be surprised at how a lot of non-dormers eventually show up to help even though it’s hard to reach school most of the time.
Relief operations in our school started yesterday and went on ’til today. A massive number of volunteers showed up at the college covered courts and some even volunteered their cars to transport the relief goods. Sadly, the donations didn’t match up the number of helping hands. It’s really heartbreaking, so yes, I am asking all of you who are reading this to please, please donate to the flood victims. Anything from your kind heart will do. My friend and I, though just students with limited budgets, braved the light flood in Katipunan to buy groceries to donate to the victims. According to Anthony Taberna, a TV reporter, even the Bilibid inmates skipped their meals to donate them to the flood victims. I’m sure you can help, too, in your own small ways. 🙂
Relief operations in our covered courts
The volunteers forming an assembly line to receive the bottled water donations
Relief operations in our school will continue tomorrow, and here are some ways that you can help:
For those who are overseas, you can also give monetary donations through Task Force Noah: Operation Habagat here: https://www.phjesuits.org/pjf/share.php
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Stay safe everyone! xx,