Hope.

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Anderson Cooper was an honest reporter who was one of the first journalists who arrived in the Philippines to report on the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, (Haiyan as it was known internationally). He was criticized for his reporting but stood his ground knowing that the only thing that is important to report is the truth.

He did not embellish on what he saw and experienced one of the most heart-wrenching scenes that affected him which he effectively transferred into a journalist’s essay through the video recording below.

Our heartfelt thanks to the international community for reaching out and helping our country so that we can recover from this horrible disaster. As of this writing, there have been a total of $248 million in relief and cash donations from countries all over the world.

During mass today, similar to last week, my local parish here in New Jersey offered prayers and collected cash donations for the victims of this super typhoon.

Watch the video and read the FULL script below.

“Finding strength after the storm” – by Anderson Cooper

When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see things. You see people as they really are. This week in Tacloban, Samar and Cebu, amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we’ve seen the best in the Filipino people. Their strength, their courage, I can’t get it out of my mind. Imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids, the strength to sleep; on the street near the body of your child.

We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways to laugh, and to love, to stand up, to move forward.

A storm breaks wood and bone, brings hurt and heartbreak. In the end, the wind, the water, the horror it brings is not the end of the story.

With aid and assistance, compassion and care, this place, these people…they will make it through. They already survived the worst. They’re bowed, perhaps tired and traumatized, but they are not broken.

Mabuhay Philippines! Maraming salamat for all you’ve shown us. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.

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