Philippines on the Line

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I created this poster for my brother’s college.

Waters clash to the land, crushing the houses of the beloved and trees that stood by. It was difficult to watch. Last year, it was the flood, that flooded every room in every building. Everything got soaked.  Every year, especially in the fall, harsh weather will intrude, such as a typhoon, monsoon, cyclone, and more to come. We live close by the oceans, open to storms, currents,  and rain.

It’s been almost a week. All that’s left are rumbles. Slowly, if we all work together, we can help rebuild their lives through aid, prayer, and hope.

Umiiyak at hinawakan ang buhay nila. Tumatayo pa sila sa lupa.

Maglakas ka sa wakas Pilipinas. Narinig kami.

Mundo, Tulungan po.

They cry and hold their life. They still stand on land.

Stay strong till the end, Philippines. We can hear you.

World, help.

That’s all to ask and need.

Philippine Independence Day

I am proud to be a Filipino. Although I just visited there for a vacation, I wish I came back there again. There is so much more to see.

There are many things I like about my homeland. I adore their native craftmanship in art, accessories, and furniture and food that brings families together such as roast pig, barbecue, and more. The weather is tropical with 50% of rain and 50 %heat since as an archipelago, it’s close to the ocean. Shopping is cheap in clothing and shoes (I avoid pirated stuff). The plazas are always crowded with people heading to their destinations. Unless you have a car or a van or head to the train, it takes three to five buses to head to one place like Mall of Asia. Since it is big, I only explored the first half with my family.  The sampaguita necklace or lei from the vendors near the church stays fresh.  Little adolescents not only come for needs but greets us with a smile.

Happy Independence Day, Philippines. May I return someday to see how beautiful you are.