It’s been four weeks now, and yet the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan are still very much around in the Philippines, especially in Eastern Visayas. However, a lot of help is also coming in, and one of these has something to do with a basic yet nifty device called a satellite phone.
Here is a personal account of a Filipino in the midst of the storm:
Born and raised in the Philippines, I grew up knowing that we are in the Pacific, near the equator. That gave us a tropical climate for most of the year. Our summers are incredibly hot but beautiful. It is the best time for us to venture more around our thousands of islands with our friends and family. Come the rainy season, which normally begins in June, we usually find ourselves in our homes, sipping coffee or tea or eating a bowl of rice porridge, as we wait for the rain to become a drizzle. Then we can go back to our routines once again.