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It was November 8, 2013. The day when the Filipinos’ courage and strength were put to test. A super typhoon named Haiyan (locally known as “Yolanda”) struck Central Visayas creating a 25-foot tidal wave. In one clean swoop, Yolanda obliterated the coastal areas where it made landfall on Friday, November 8. More than 11 million people were displaced or rendered homeless. Tacloban City, the capital of the province of Leyte was hit the hardest.

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Indeed, Yolanda had come to be known as the strongest typhoon in recorded history. It was 3.5 times worse than Hurricane Katrina, which had devastated New Orleans in August 2005 and claimed the lives of more than 1,800 Americans. By comparison, Philippine government figures show that Yolanda left in her wake around 6,200 people dead.

This blog is not about the typhoon and the devastation of the areas affected, but about theΒ PEOPLE who came in rescue, and those who inspired others to help one another. This blog is about the modern-day HEROES created by Typhoon Yolanda.

Come join me in telling the stories of heroism, and inspiration.

48 thoughts on “About

  1. great blog! very inspiring! God made you as an instrument to summarize the good things happened inspite of the Yolanda tragedy. great! great! great! God bless you whoever you are!

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  2. Thank you for re bloging our post. And more so thank you for your part in spreading awareness of the people working so selflessly in this aftermath. Check out our friends at Glory Reborn Clinic in Cebu . http://www.gloryreborn.org They have been sheltering people shuttling supplies for evacuees and treating medical needs!

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  3. This is a wonderful idea you’ve brought to fruition! I don’t know if this will “count” as a hero story for your blog: Christ’s Commission Fellowship (or CCF) http://www.ccf.org.ph/blog/2013/11/2013-yolanda has been helping survivors also, the church has been staying out of the limelight but we’ve donated and helped where we can. This other link is the story of a survivor from Tacloban – also not sure if it will count as a hero story but I just wanted to share, in case you haven’t seen it yet – http://www.ccf.org.ph/blog/2013/11/driggs-god-spared-us

    Keep up the good work of encouraging the readers and writers of the blogosphere! ~ Mary

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  4. Thank you for reading about the Servants of Charity. Be assured that the Servants of Charity in the Philippines are doing what they can from their location and the confreres in other nations are supporting their efforts both prayerfully and financially. Let us rebuild a better and stronger Philippines!!!

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  5. This is quite an amazing website you have. Thank you for highlighting stories that will inspire others to give back to the victims. I am a volunteer with Young Pioneer Disaster Response and we would like a few minutes of your time. Do you happen to have contact information that we can use to reach you?

    Again, this is phenomenal.

    Best,
    Zanele Mutepfa

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    • Hi Zanele, I am glad you liked my blog. But no, you are the one who is phenomenal! I salute all of you who are volunteering there to help out with the relief efforts. Thank you for all your hardwork!

      My name is Nelson and I am a Filipino nurse in Abu Dhabi. I collect stories of inspiration brought about by this disaster because I want more people to be inspired. You can contact me through my email nelson_0628@yahoo.com

      Cheers to modern-day heroes like you!

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  6. It was a terrible tragedy. We can’t stop the obstacles in our path during our life, but we can chose how to respond to them.

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  7. Thank you so much for re-posting my article about my time in the Philippines! I’m seriously in love with the country and wish I could do more to help. Thank you for putting this all together, it’s fantastic!

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  8. What an inspirational place to be! Your blog is wonderful. Thank you also for following my blog. I am looking forward to learning more about the heroes you choose to profile in the aftermath of this terrible event.

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  9. Thank you so much for starting this blog. In the states we tend to think our tragedies are the only tragedies. But 11 million people displaced by one storm? And more than 6,000 dead? What an unbelievable disaster. And yet people have responded with heroic acts of courage and kindness. Their deeds need to be recorded and remembered–which you are doing so beautifully.

    Thanks for taking time to visit AHintOfLight.com. Without laughter there is only darkness. In darkness, it takes a brave soul to smile, but a smile can brighten one’s outlook and bolster the resolution to survive and rebuild. I pray that you all find the inner strength to see those hints of light.
    Pat
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  10. Thanks a lot for following my blog and hence driving me to yours. Congrats, you are doing great. The movie broadcast tomorrow, is it in Ayala mall in Cebu? will you attend? would love to meet in person, I would love to write a short story on the resilience and the courage of the victims of Yolanda for the anniversary. I am sure we can figure out something together. Please PM on my facebook page, would be the simplest way to connect πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Estelea, How I wish I could watch the movie and see you in person too! Unfortunately, I am in Abu Dhabi at the moment doing some work. I would love to read your short story! Please let me know when it’s done… I’m excited to read it!
      Cheers!

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      • Bouh, so disappointed! The movie is played in Ayala … Manila! Not Cebu 😦 do you by any chance have the contact of the PR representative ? I would love to write about it even if I can not fly to Manila today πŸ˜› thx a lot, have a grande day !

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  11. Hello there,
    It was a great blessing and honor to me to found you here in WordPress. I am amazed and impressed read about you. What a wonderful thing that I have a new another friend from Philippines. I will look forward to dig more your awesome blog posts πŸ™‚ Many love and blessings to you πŸ™‚
    Regatd

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