Anderson Cooper: “Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.”

There is an article I stumbled upon at Kicker Daily News which featured Anderson Cooper’s recent CNN video about Typhoon Yolanda and the Filipino people who are, in every sense, “weathering the storm”, and the resilience of our spirit.


In the video, he says “Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.”

This made me cry. I wish to share it with all of you, too.

Below is the transcript and the actual video clip. Pls watch the video. It’s very powerful.

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.

Here is the video. I encourage you to please watch it.

God bless our wonderful nation. God bless every single person in Visayas who are grieving, lost, hungry and dying… as well as the people all over the Philippines and the world who are helping out in this direst of times.

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