Pictures do not fully describe the true devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda.
This was the thought that first crossed my mind when I visited the devastated towns of Sara and Carles in the province of Iloilo.
These Visayas towns are just some of the places that are in really terrible shape in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda’s (Haiyan) wrath.
I, together with my wife and a group of good friends (who also happen to be bloggers as well), immediately decided to come up with a plan to pool our resources and personally bring relief to some of these towns which have not been as visible in the news as places like Tacloban.
Our group, fondly called “KTG”, also reached out to companies, individuals, as well as close friends and in the industry (like Beyond the Box) who would want to send help in any way, shape or form. You can check out some of their websites by looking at my blogroll on the sidebar (or below this post if you’re viewing this on mobile).
I would like to personally thank Jonathan Yabut and the awesome people of Air Asia Zest whom I’ve spoken to just days prior to our planned date of departure. I am amazed at how quick they responded when I sought their help regarding flights for our relief mission. Without even asking twice, Air Asia Zest immediately facilitated our request and provided us with seats. I am extremely grateful.
It was going to be a very quick trip wherein we would visit these typhoon-torn towns, distribute goods, document the entire mission and head back home the next day due to work and other responsibilities.
Below is a quick video I made of our trip. This is just my own personal video taken from clips my wife and I shot during the trip. The official video was shot by Pong and Tippy Go (of Googly Gooeys) and is still on post-production. I will post the official video next week as soon as it’s ready.
When we arrived at the capitol, the provincial government actually thought we were part of an organization or representing a foundation. We told them we were just a group of friends who came together and decided to do our part in helping our suffering kababayans who urgently need relief.
I’d like to encourage all of you to find new ways and means to help out as well. We can all make a difference. The situation over there in Visayas is far from over and our continued support is very much needed.
Shelter materials, such as G.I. sheets, are desperately needed right now in Iloilo. If you know anyone who can help out, please reach out to them and let us know. You can also leave comments below. Thank you!