Aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Day My Country Stood Still (Aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy) from Glenn Omanio on Vimeo.

Two days after typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) tore through the Philippine capital Manila and nearby provinces, the death toll now stands at 140. Almost 500,000 more people need immediate help in evacuation centers -- food, clothing, potable water, medicine, and the gargantuan task to rebuild their lives again. Feel free to share this video to drum up more aid here and abroad, and keep the spirit of "bayanihan" alive.

Credits: Photos by AP, AFP and Reuters | Music by Filipino band Asin, "Masdan Mo (Ang Kapaligiran)" or "Look (Around You)" from its first album released in 1978.

Ondoy's Trail of Fury

by Glenn Omanio

On Sept. 26, the Philippine capital Manila and its neighboring provinces suffered one of nature's worst beating. Typhoon Ondoy, international code name Ketsana, poured more than a month's worth of rain in six hours, submerging most parts of the bustling metropolis, drowning at least a hundred people as of press time. My prayers to the victims, and may we emerge victorious and live by the lessons of this tragedy.

(Photos by Reuters. Music by Ennio Morricone, "Love Theme" from "Cinema Paradiso").