Sunday Essays: Pouring Tragedies

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

OVER the years the Philippines has been struck by calamities that has not only crippled the country but has devastated it in ways that are hard to get by.

For over a few years now, the tropical country of the Filipinos has been hit by unforgiving typhoons that has not only destroyed the economy but has taken thousands of lives along the way.

Calamities like Pablo, Sendong, Yolanda and recently Agaton and Basyang has come upon the country and having one purpose and that is to destroy.

Typhoon Yolanda is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record. It killed at least 7000 people, and has left thousands of people homeless and lost. It has not only taken so many lives, properties and the hopes of the Filipinos but it has also left so many dilemmas for the country after.

Our government has been criticized. News about using the tragedy as a tool for a future run for office has emerged. Riots all over the affected areas, people have even been recruited to be sex slaves or prostituted to make ends meet.

A reality that has been slapped to us by the tragedies that never fail to visit us.

Even up to now, after everything the country has gone through it still has not ended. Brewing just recently is Agaton that has not only caused havoc yet again but is continuing to lose the hopes of all. And now we have typhoon Basyang roving in the sky.

Damage left by Agaton came to over P500 million, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

They reported a damage of P256 million to infrastructure and P253 million to agriculture. Deaths also rose to 64 while 10 were missing. There were 85 injured.

And to top that all off, it seems like there’s no calmness coming anytime soon, as authorities report that this will become a trend for many more years to come as global warming is sinking in to the world, so is the reality of the ever changing weather all over. The weirder the world as it is, the more calamities that will come up, and our country being in the tropical area of the world does not help.

Seeing these numbers, knowing this reality, one can only wish for a better day.

One can only ask when will these tragedies ever end, and how one cannot blame the Filipinos for losing hope in their lives.

But that’s just not the case for the Filipinos because when it rains it pours, and the persevering hearts of the people of the Philippines know just how to bounce back from every down fall.

No typhoon, calamity or tragedy can stop the heart of a Filipino, as they just dust off the dirt and go on with their lives, some victims even celebrated the yuletide season despite everything that has transpired.

A true testament of how there is hope in humanity, that despite everything that comes our way, people still believe and hang on to their faith and to that dream that there is a rainbow always after the rain. (Michael Sy)

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Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their journalism class.

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