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Monday, December 16, 2013

A Surge of Literature, Art, and Photography in the Wake of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)



For the past weeks, the Philippines has been grieving. After supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept through the country, devastating reports of lost lives, homes, and entire towns have emerged. 

Amidst these trying times, however, the world has become witness to the resilience and optimism of Filipinos. I've heard interviews with people from Tacloban City--one of the hardest hit areas--in which the victims themselves were the ones giving reassuring messages via the media. Survivors in Bantayan Island in Cebu, many of whom are also reconstructing their destroyed homes, said they consider themselves "lucky" for being spared from a storm surge. 

We have all extended help in our own ways, hoping the government and the private institutions that serve as a bridge are able to distribute the funds and relief goods efficiently. But as the people of Tacloban, Bantayan, and many other affected areas rebuild their lives, they are still in dire need of our support. 

One way to keep the aid coming is to grab a copy of Surges: Outpourings in Haiyan/Yolanda's Wake, a book featuring literature, art, and photography in the wake of the supertyphoon. According to the official Facebook page, the proceeds will be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in some of the most devastated areas in the country.

Join the book launch on Thursday, December 19, 6:00 p.m. at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. Entrance is free, but make sure to RSVP via text or email. Please refer to the poster for the contact details.

You may also check the Facebook page for more information on how to order. It's available for only 500PhP (15USD).

See you there!



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