From Ali Mall to Matnog thru Catbalogan, the long road to Balangiga

#RememberingYolanda

It's been a year since Typhoon Yolanda struck. I still remember that we were almost unaffected by the typhoon here in Manila, whereas, in Tacloban, people thought it was almost the end of the world. The typhoon showed the world the resilience of the Filipino and we are thankful to the international community who gave a helping hand during that difficult time. A lot more are suffering in Tacloban and other parts of the Visayas, and are still recovering from the tragedy. I hope and pray that they will come through and eventually survive this ordeal.

I have a lot of pictures of my trip to Balangiga, Eastern Samar. I called that trip "From Ali Mall to Matnog thru Catbalogan : the long road to Balangiga". It was a grueling 36-hour trip. But after going through some other pictures I have collected about the tragedy, I came up with one image I kept which I got from a news article by GMA News. I remember I cried a lot when I saw this image and other similar images. Still this image is worth reflecting and I hope that we, as a nation and people, will learn our lessons from the tragedy and that we should continue praying for the departed who perished from the onslaught of the typhoon. And we, the survivors, we are all survivors after all, should be thankful for another day that has given to us. May we always be grateful for each day that brings it's own joys, pains and opportunity and a chance to change our future and our nation's

Peace and Love to all!