To MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, LOVED ONES and WORD PRESS Family : I wish you a Prosperous New Year! May this coming year 2014 be filled with more love, peace, joy, good health, fast recovery and healing as well as wealth!
‘Whatever you are, be a good one’
”Don’t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don’t tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children. Don’t preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.”
~ Cory Booker, Senator from N.J. and former Newark, N.J. Mayor
In the year 1990 July 16, I remembered vividly at a very young age how the killer earthquake tore the city down and killed thousands. It was a tragic moment painted in my memory from that day to this very moment. I will never forget that feeling and knowing that when everything was falling apart and there was nowhere to run. The feeling that life is being slowly being taken from you. But surviving it is one thing, living through it all these years is another thing. But knowing that your family, friends, loved ones and even people across the world reached out to you, your people and your country not only uplifted our spirits, it gave us something more – HOPE! Hope that we can do it, we can make it through and we will be able to stand up again.
Two decades later and once again, I have witnessed the world coming together as one nation in solidarity with the Philippines having been affected by the super typhoon (hurricane) Yolanda, internationally known as Haiyan. The out pouring support, prayers, good thoughts, aid – both financial, humanitarian and in kind are not just heartwarming but overwhelming. It is yet again, another way of showing that there is indeed good in people. All these together showed me that we can be one nation, we can be there for our people no matter the race, the distance and culture differences!
Let me say it once again, thank you World, thank you to ALL OF YOU who in one way or another contributed to assisting and lifting up the Philippines and the Filipino spirit!
Disclaimer: Photos are courtesy of Philippines supporters and are not the author’s.
— A grateful nation thanks all of your very generous hearts and outpouring support in the rescue/relief/recovery/rehabilitation efforts on the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda, a category 5 Hurricane, a very strong storm (International code name:Haiyan).
May every Filipino you encounter in the world thank you all personally. Our people affected by the recent natural disasters may not have a very Merry Christmas, but because of all of you, they will feel that there is hope for one. God-bless all of you and all those in this country who make it better for others in need.
Thank you to the country and it’s people. List of country is alphabetically.
ASEAN and UNITED NATIONS
AUSTRALIA – US$7,437,560 cash + $929,695 medical assistance, search and rescue team
BELGIUM – medical and search and rescue personnel + relief goods and water treatment units. cash donation is waiting for official accounting.
CANADA – C$4,726,779 cash donation + $102,845,500 worth of purification tablets and relief goods
DENMARK – cash donation $1,775,623
EUROPEAN UNION – EUR 3 million cash donation + humanitarian experts
FINLAND – $1,323,772 worth of medical package, relief items + 2 motor boats for search and rescue
FRANCE – aid assistance, amount is being estimated
GERMANY – $661,886 cash donation + 23 tons of relief goods + humanitarian experts
HUNGARY – humanitarian experts + search dogs and rescue personnel and rapid response team
INDONESIA – $1 million cash donation + C130 aircraft containing relief goods with a naval asset worth $1 million
ISRAEL- 200 medical experts and mobile desalination equipment, medical supplies, trauma and relief professionals
JAPAN – emergency relief medical team, cash donation is being estimated
LUXEMBOURG – $529,509 + search and rescue team
MALAYSIA – medical and search and rescue teams + relief goods
THE NETHERLANDS – $2,647,549 cash donation
NEW ZEALAND – NZ $2.15 million (US$1,631,725)
NORWAY – $3,226,944
RUSSIA – medical team + relief goods
SINGAPORE – pledged $158,775 unsure if cash or in-kind
SWEDEN – pledge financial aid, estimated value not yet declared + emergency communications equipment
SAUDI ARABIA -through Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – US$100,000
SPAIN – in-kind donations
TAIWAN – $200,000 + relief goods
TURKEY – humanitarian experts, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel + relief goods
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dhs 36 million
UNITED KINGDOM – £6 million and $9.6 million worth of emergency support package
UNITED NATIONS Children’s Fund – $1.3 million worth of supplies
UNITED STATES – initial $100,000 for water and sanitation + Troops and emergency respondents + transportation and equipment + ships and aircrafts
VATICAN CITY – $150,000
VIETNAM – pledged $100,00 , undetermined if cash or relief goods
AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE SENT THEIR THOUGHTFUL MESSAGE, SYMPATHY AND EMPATHY!
Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our heart! We will forever be grateful!