November 2013

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Typhoon Yolanda: The Aftermath

A few weeks have passed and Filipinos are still reeling from the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda. It’s heartening to note that generosity knows no bounds in times of need—evident in the outpouring of sympathy and support—with the national government, the private sector, and the international community doing what they can to help our countrymen in dire need of assistance in the Visayas and other places ravaged by the super typhoon.

‘Yolanda’ was indeed an unparalleled disaster. But there are important lessons that could be learned. And as we empathize with the typhoon victims, it would be good to know and feel what it was like to be smack-dab in the eye of the storm (considered as one of the worst in recent decades) and be grateful one came out of it alive to tell the story.

There are no more piles of anonymous dead bodies along the highway, relief efforts are well in place, and sights are now set on the road to recovery for victims of the typhoon. We dedicate H&L to that battle, as a tribute to the resiliency and strength of the Filipino spirit.

Cover photo courtesy of Jose Martin Punzalan


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