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article imageOp-Ed: Moving piece written about Typhoon Haiyan goes viral

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Nov 17, 2013 in World
On November 13, a moving Facebook note about Typhoon Haiyan and the current situation in the Philippines was posted. It is currently going viral and is entitled, 'I Need To Tell You.'
In the note, Joan Cybil Yao, an Investment Manager at LGT Venture Philanthropy who studied BS Management Engineering at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, tells us that there is no better time than now to be a hero. The first paragraph of the note states:
I need to tell you: The typhoon was worse than any of us could ever have imagined. The Philippines receives 20+ typhoons every year; floods, landslides and partly-blown off roofs are par for the course. Believe me when I say we have never before seen the likes of Yolanda / Haiyan.
The note continues to give vivid details of the tragedy and some of the relief efforts. It ends on a grateful note and a call for all to be heroes to one another now:
Most Filipinos don’t have much by means of material wealth, but we make up for it by sharing what we do have with one another. It will astound you, sometimes, how those with the least are the most willing to give the little that they do have. I recall visiting a Gawad Kalinga village once, where our hosts, a poor family living in a 16 sq.m. house, actually spent the little money they had to buy food to prepare lunch for us. This, when their family of four would normally subsist on just a pack of instant noodles and rice each day. When you hear the word Bayanihan (rooted in the word “Bayani”, which is Filipino for “hero”) this is what it means: Being a hero for one another.
I can think of no better time for this than now.
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