Philippine Daily Inquirer
7:16 am | Friday, March 14th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—Ambassador Safdar Hayat of Pakistan on Thursday handed over a check for $1 million to Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as his government’s contribution to the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the wake of devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda which struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8.
In a simple handover ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Del Rosario accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government and expressed his gratitude to the ambassador for this gesture of goodwill and friendship. Hayat reiterated the messages of the president and the prime minister of Pakistan expressing deep sympathy for the tragic loss of life and property caused by the typhoon.
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Posted at 03/12/2014 5:24 PM | Updated as of 03/12/2014 7:41 PM
MANILA – You just can’t keep a Filipino down.
Months after “Yolanda” struck, a YouTube user has uploaded a video of the survivors of one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country breaking out in dance to “Happy” from the movie “Despicable Me 2.”
The new video, uploaded on Tuesday, is filled to the brim with children and volunteers clapping around the jubilant, toe-tapping track by Pharrell Williams, amid the destruction brought about by the super typhoon.
As of writing, the video titled “Pharrell Williams – Happy – Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan” has almost 10,000 views and counting, with several users praising the strength of the survivors.
Directed and uploaded by Quentin Musset, the video was a joint project with the United Nations Development Programme Philippines and was filmed in the city of Tacloban.