- Posted December 24, 2013 by
tacloban city, Philippines
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Filipino Christmas Spirit despite Typhoon devastation
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Typhoon survivors in Tacloban City in the Philippines is celebrating Christmas in the ruins of their communities. They have just finished crafting their own versions of Christmas Tree using the debris and other available materials in the ruins. The city suffered the worst devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) that killed more than 6,000 people and affected millions of Filipinos. But despite the calamity that struck them, they are always resilient and positive.
The 10 foot giant lantern was created by twins Ronry and Ronnie Magduwa who lives in Baranggay Magallanes in Tacloban City, Philippines. The 19 year-old twins used their savings from the "cash for work program" of Tzu Chi Foundation to build this amazing lantern. The Tzu Chi Foundation is an international humanitarian organization based in Taiwan that is currently working in the Philippines to clear the streets from debris and rubble left by the winds and storm surge of Typhoon Haiyan. In order to do this, they are paying cash to the Filipino survivors in exchange for cleanup help. The lantern is a testament to remind everyone that there is still hope amidst devastation.