|Bayanihan in action. (Photo credit: http://antiquenationalschool.webs.com/)|
Over the centuries, this tradition eventually ceased but the the term bayanihan (derived from the word bayan which means town, community, or nation) continues to live through the Filipinos all over the archipelago. We are a nation often struck by calamities. And through these calamities, stories of heroism often surface inspiring even the most cynical person. You hear stories of devastation which is often followed by stories of people working together to help their distressed fellowmen.
Recently, though, the Filipino's strength was again put to the test. Supertyphoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) struck the country with an impact so great that more than a week after its devastation, the whole nations is still reeling.
I was in South America when the calamity happened. I was only able to monitor it through international and local newscasts. But while I could barely understand Portuguese, the images spoke enough.
With the devastation so massive, one of the first questions that would come to mind is: How do we rise from this?
But like that waves that surged through the different cities in Visayas region, aid, in all forms, came pouring in from different countries. Up to now, the support and prayers coming from the different parts of the world is still overwhelming.
We are not even halfway in rising through the rubbles that Yolanda left. But this time, we are not alone in carrying this burden. The rest of the world has joined our bayanihan.
And with that, we give you our most heartfelt thank you, World.
|NOTE: This photo has been circulating on the various social networking sites. Credits to whoever created this. And while more help from other countries poured in after this, the image pretty much embodies our nation's gratitude.|