- Posted December 7, 2013 by
rockaway park, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Typhoon Haiyan: Your stories
BAYANIHAN SPIRIT…PROUD TO BE PINOY
For every national disaster , the aftermath of such is something that each individual, countries has to face and tried to move on. One never could imagine how it is ,not unless one had experienced such.
As I touched down Manila so does Yolanda(local name for the worst storm surge/cyclone) playing havoc in Visayas and leaving devastations to every lives/ provinces it landed. The aftermath was mind boggling.It touched the hearts not only of every Filipinos but the world.International HELP started pouring in and can't thank them enough for the expertise/financial assistance that is badly needed.
What was more touching was to see Filipinos of different social status becoming as one.To witness somebody who had only enough to feed their family but were generous to share what little they have, may it be time or financial.
Filipinos are known for Bayanihan spirit, this time it was magnified a thousand fold.
This is a story of two friends who wanted to make a difference. With one phone call and posting in FB, ARTRELIEF mobile kitchen was born.With the energetic leadership of Alex Baluyut and Precious Leano, thousands of victims arriving from the devastated regions had their first warm meal after 3 days of forced fasting.
With no finances in hand, all they had were their personal cooking utensils, volunteers started to arrive @ the designated area @ Villamor Airbase. Professional Chefs arrived and the first call for contribution came.As the volunteers did the first batch of marketing for fresh vegetables/meat at Pasig wet market, once again they were met with bayanihan spirit pinoy style.The vendors started collecting and they came back with a jeepney full of sacks of fresh vegetable/poultry's etc.
It was a privileged to worked with and met the people behind Artrelief mobile kitchen. To the volunteers(too many to mention), you made the graveyard shift fun(who would forget the impersonation of Sen. Miriam Santiago and other personalities?).To chef Mads(in charge of the graveyard shift that night)hats off to you and to Alex and Preceous, my friend Feli Ramirez and I can't thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to make a difference.