I remember my dad teaching me this technique back when I was a kid learning how to play bowling. “Follow through” is the act of guiding your actions to completion. In bowling, it is the gesture or movement of your arm and hand moving towards the target long after the ball has left you, seemingly leading the object to its intended target.
Remember when Michael Jordan made that last game-winning shot against the Utah Jazz? How his hand was still up in the air as the ball was flying to meet the basket? Follow through.
As I grew up, I learned that the act of following through is a very important part in all aspects of life as well as the successes of our endeavors.
Even now, I am reminded of this once again with all the relief efforts that have been poured into the Visayas region due to the devastation brought about by Super typhoon Yolanda back in November 8. Though this tragic event brought out the Filipino bayanihan spirit in in all of us, we shouldn’t forget that helping doesn’t only come in the form of relief. Providing relief assistance to millions of people who were left homeless, jobless and hungry is merely the first of many phases and most certainly does not determine the success of all our concerted efforts.
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).
My sentiments and frustrations regarding the recent tragedy caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda and the ongoing relief work in disaster areas…
Please dont misconstrue my frustrations as a sole blame to the president. The president can only do so much. It’s the officials under him (not all of them) and the officials under them (not all of them either) that make all this very troublesome.
It is also a hard hard lesson yet again on corruption and the gullibility of a multitude of filipinos to vote for candidates based on popularity, familiarity, name recognition and money… and sadly not because of a person’s competency and sincerity.
Some people in social media say, “Stop blaming! Stop pointing fingers and take action instead”… to you I say, SHUT UP! A lot of us ARE doing something about it! But if we don’t look back and see where we went wrong, how can we prevent this from happening again?
Yes, we can only do so much considering the magnitude of the typhoon… but we could have SAVED MORE LIVES had our gov’t funds been used on infrastructure instead of it going to goddamn corrupt politicians’ pockets.
Personally, people who have siphoned money that could have made us better prepared for calamities such as this should hang. Swiftly.
There is a special place in HELL for all of you.
The filipinos do not deserve this fate no matter how resilient and strong we are as a nation and as a people.
I cry for all the filipinos who are lost, grieving, orphaned, hurting, homeless and dying.
Setting aside differences and competition, Globe, Smart and Sun are jointly offering free local & international texts for five days to the typhoon-stricken Visayas provinces, to aid the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Read more
Please see the long list of places, establishments and centers that are donating and/or facilitating donations and relief for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. (This list is regularly updated). I encourage you to pls share this page or link to it.
Also, I am sharing with everyone these VITAL HASHTAGS which we should all use to hasten relief and rescue operations for Yolanda victims and also for disseminating information to the public.
Likewise, here are a few more relief centers accepting donations of cash and in kind for all those affected by this devastating typhoon.
Lending aid to victims of Typhoon Labuyo in South and North Luzon is just a text away as Globe Telecom opens up its GCASH micro-payment service to accept donations for relief operations of government and non-government organizations.
Globe has set up GCASH donation channels for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), and Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), three of the most active relief assistance centers for the calamity.
Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom set up today two Libreng Tawag stations in Marikina City to assist residents who are staying in evacuation centers due to heavy rains brought by Typhoon Maring since Sunday afternoon.
The Libreng Tawag centers are located at Bulelak Gym in Brgy. Malanday and H. Bautista Elementary School in Brgy. Concepcion Uno, two of the biggest evacuation sites in Marikina City.
Through the free call and text service of Globe, evacuees could remain in contact with their families and friends to assure them of their safety or to request for aid if necessary.