Tatang Constancio: The Survivor

About 4 months ago, I submitted an article to Oxfam Blogs about  Tatang Constancio, a 79-year old farmer who was one of the recipients of the Cash for Asset Recovery project in Dulag, Leyte. In the course of the Haiyan tragedy, Tatang Constancio helplessly watched the super typhoon devastate the … [Read more...]

We Are Humanitarians

August 19 is just around the corner, Humanitarian Day, and for a country that celebrates a minimum of twenty-eight (Yes, 28! excluding local observances) holidays  a year, it will probably go unnoticed. But, for thousands of aid workers out there, this day is worth celebrating. While lazing about … [Read more...]

Signed, Sealed And Will Soon To Be Delivered

It is close. Again, I am still amazed at how successfully the project turned out. I have announced to  friends that the donations I have received last Friday will be the last ones and that I will not be accepting any more of their gifts thereafter in fear that I might pay for excess baggage. Today, … [Read more...]

Asante Sana

As I was huffing my bum home this afternoon with a huge box filled with donations, I kept telling myself in between breathers that all that weight was worth the smiles I’ll receive from the girls in the orphanage. It didn’t matter that I came home sweating like as if I just finished two hours of … [Read more...]

A Box Of Help

The world has gone crazy they say. And so far, I think we have three options to choose from. One, we can all start pointing fingers at each other and accomplish nothing; two, we can hop on the bus and become psychos ourselves, hence, contributing to the lasting damage that climate change has already … [Read more...]