thoughts for the Philippines 2013 and 2014

Year two thousand and thirteen  has certainly brought a roller coaster ride to our nation.

We had our highs-

September 7 – Mutya Johanna Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013, the first Asian to win the title.

September 28 – Miss Philippines Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013, the first Filipina to win the title.

November 9 – Miss Philippines Ariella Arida won third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 .

November 24 – Manny Pacquiao won a 12-round unanimous decision WBO international welterweight title against the Mexican-American Brandon Rios for first win in 2 years.

1471877_675645019133444_1314800084_nDecember 17 – Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago won Miss International 2013 .

December 31- Miss Philippines Angeli Dionne Gomez won Miss Tourism International 2013 .

And we had our lows too many to mention; mostly about our government, which is kinda difficult to write about.

But the lowest of all was the life changing disaster for thousands of our people, dated November 7, 2013; which caused havoc in the provinces of Leyte, Samar and Cebu –  the super typhoon Haiyan, locally know as Yolanda.

Based on the reports of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Yolanda killed 6,111 people and left 1,779 others missing, truly the deadliest disaster ever encountered in the Philippine history.

I thought being a third world country somehow alienates us from people across the globe. But I was wrong.

Immeasurable help were sent by nations from all over the world

  • AUSTRALIA – US$10 million package
  • BELGIUM – medical and search and rescue personnel
  • CANADA – C$5 million
  • CHILE – humanitarian aid
  • DENMARK – KR 10 million
  • EUROPEAN UNION – EUR 3 million
  • GERMANY – 23 tons of relief goods
  • HUNGARY – search and rescue personnel and rapid response team
  • INDONESIA – in-kind donations
  • ISRAEL- team of medical, trauma and relief professionals
  • JAPAN – emergency relief medical team
  • MALAYSIA – medical and search and rescue teams
  • THE NETHERLANDS – undisclosed financial aid
  • NEW ZEALAND – NZ $2.15 million
  • NORWAY – KR 20 million
  • RUSSIA – rapid response team, rescue workers and an airmobile hospital
  • SAUDI ARABIA through Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – US$100,000
  • SINGAPORE – $50,000
  • SPAIN – in-kind donations
  • SWEDEN- emergency communications equipment
  • TAIWAN – $200,000
  • TURKEY – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
  • 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, emergency respondents, transportation and equipment
  • VATICAN – $150,000

With all these support, together with the thoughts and prayers for our country, I can not thank you enough.

We hope to get back on our feet soon, a little wiser and a little stronger, as we regain the faith that we once lost.

What lies beyond year 2014, we don’t know, but I hope that we have learned our lesson well, smarter enough to handle these lows better, if ever it happened again.


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8 Responses

  1. It was incredible to see how the world came together to help the Philippines get back on her feet. It restores your hope in humanity.

    I hope, wish and pray that the Filipino people will have more peace, love and care in 2014.
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    • paulanicolas says:

      Thanks for your comment Laura, yes I hope that our country can get back on her feet and return into becoming a beautiful land she once was. I hope there’s still a chance.

  2. Bryan Choo says:

    Nice to see all the love from the countries. Singapore with 50k only.. I feel a bit ashamed 🙁

    This actually reminds me of the video casey did. Watch it, its really cool 🙂 Oh and he spent half of the entire Singapore.
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  3. Phoebe says:

    I have only been to the Philippines with my family once… Love the country and I have some Filipino friends too. Hope 2014 will be a peaceful year and we love to be back there for more trips.
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  4. Manny Pacquiao would be the boxer who comes to mind when we talk about Philippines.
    If there is one thing Singaporeans can learn from Haiyan, we must be more resilient and stand up again after a disaster.

    cheers, Andy
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  5. Angie.S says:

    Philippines is a beautiful country with beautiful people. It’s great to see the outpouring of aids from all over the world in response to Typhoon Haiyan. The restoration process will take time and I’m sure with resilience and prayers, the homes will be rebuilt again.
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