…(Washi) with its flashflood-manifested wrath. So though the typical Filipino style long-lasting yuletide festivities for the year would be disrupted to heed calls for donations of time, money and other resources for relief, recovery and restoration, that in a span of days are starting to fizzle down.
Over a thousand dead, same number still missing and tens of thousands whose homes and livelihoods that took lifetimes to build now gone forever.
Who in their right minds can genuinely celebrate amidst that situation, knowing, okay, you may even donate every spare penny and time you’ve got and still it won’t be enough for the long-term support these people will need to fully recover. So of course the tiniest bit of callousness (read: Valerie Concepcion and Kris Aquino) will be called out.
There would also elements of pure evil capitalizing from the disaster and taking advantage of people’s emotions to swindle good-hearted donors for their own benefit. A lesser evil would be the politicians who would agree to donate this or that given their faces and names would be provided media mileage. Yeah, scum, you suddenly get the urge to want them to have been part of those flooded away forever.
So does that mean those not directly affected be prohibited from having a good time? The survivors also need to understand that everyone in their own little way suffers, and to believe that the yuletide season is a reprieve from the constant negative things and asking them to NOT celebrate at all is like cutting off air. There’s no good answer coming out of this because though personally if I were one of the dead (found or still missing), I would not seriously mind if the living acts to move on with their lives. Death after all is the final comfort. Any left energies of those who remain should be focused on rebuilding the pieces of their life.
The Sendong survivors will continue to need help for a long time, so I hope & pray that:
- The donors (of time, money & other items) to keep giving, to not get numbed by overwhelming calls for help
- The government (national & LGU) and NGOs to not allow politics and egos to get in the way serving the survivors
- The survivors themselves to be strong to keep the despair and darkness at bay
- The rest of the world to not look the other way and act as if thise never happened, as wherever we are now, there is a good possibility that we may experience the ordeal they’ve had
Oh, and I almost forgot to greet the Celebrant. Happy Birthday! Was it?
Also, the Philippines celebrate Rizal Day today. As if it wasn’t enough that we just celebrated last June his 150th birthday that we have to honor him again on the day of his martyrdom. Meh. Told you I was a Bonifacio fan.
The world and life does go on. Outside Sendong, there are still a lot of people that need help one way or the other.
- Valerie Concepcion , Pumartey-partey Sa Malacanang Kasama Ang Kalbo! (aliwanavenue.wordpress.com)
- [In the news] Jesuits offer relocation site for ‘Sendong’ victims in CDO; Reds, inmates donate cash- www.mindanews.com (hronlineph.com)
- It’s Christmastime (famelessramblings.wordpress.com)
- Helping Sendong survivors this Christmas (prworks.wordpress.com)