What’s in a Word: Bayanihan

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BAYANIHAN

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It’s a word brazen across our volunteer t-shirts. In Visayan (the language spoken on Leyte) the word is so much more than just a tag line. Its the reason why Ormoc was functioning far beyond expectations when All Hands staff set up base there. Its the reason why the majority of roads were clear. Its the reason why despite looking at us volunteers like we were crazy for bagging up trash outside that within minutes the whole neighbourhood was there helping and grabbing every bag they had to join in. Its the reason why when working in schools kids are so desperate to help clear the dust from the ceiling we just removed they are fighting over who gets to use the broom. Its the reason why things aren’t so desperate as they otherwise could be in Leyte.

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