September to December are typhoon visiting months in the Philippines. Yolanda came Nov. 8, 2013, Ondoy came earlier, September 23, 2009.  Now October 2016, comes Lawin.

It's been years now since  typhoon Ondoy visited our country. There were so many lives lost, so many families shattered but time is a great healer; the Filipinos have since moved on.

              Despair not Lawin victims, for you too can move on ... you are not alone.

                                                    TYPHOON ONDOY
                                                            Sept 2009

                               At that time, there was no hatred; there was no greed; 
                               there were no politics;  No talk of religion even;
                               there was just "empathy"


The nine-hour deluge submerged houses, washed away vehicles, turned roads into rivers and, subdivisions into oceans.

In some areas, water reached as high as the roofs of 2nd floor storey houses. This flood water rose so fast that terrified residents who acted too late were forced to climb the roofs of their houses.

They stayed there thirsty, hungry, and cold: rescue came 2 to 3 days later.

It was a very heart wrenching situation.
There were so many lives lost,

so many properties destroyed, and so many families shattered. But out of that savage onslaught of nature, one sweet moment emerged;

it was a moment that says " he is not heavy, he is my brother".

Out of this calamity sprang the many silent heroes of our land... the men and women who risked their lives to save someone elses' life.

Although the deluge may have devastated our nation, it also brought out the best of "humanity". Help came from all over the world.At that time, there was no hatred; there was no greed; there was no religion; there were no politics; there was just "empathy".

Tragedy somehow paints all men's skin with just one color and make all the men's heart beat as one.

Note; The photos used here are not mine  (I didn't have the time to take pics as we were in a hurry to evacuate our house too). They were taken from other sources that reported the onslaught of  typhoon Ondoy. I give my thanks to the anonymous photographer/s.