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  • It's been raining non-stop here in Manila for the past few days. We were just hit by a huge typhoon last week and today, the rains are just caused by the southwest monsoon. In this photo, people are watching the river rise - helpless against the disaster that lay ahead.

    As of now, half of the metro is submerged in floodwater. Most are in evacuation centers after being forced to leave their homes due to rising waters. Others are stranded in other areas, desperate to get home and be with their families, but can't because outside is just flooded. Others are waiting... praying and praying some more that the rains would just stop.

    We have always hoped that the world will change - but the thing is, it's always changing. Unfortunately, this change is something that my nation, sadly, is not really as prepared as it hoped to be.

    Maybe this will serve as another lesson for us to do something - even just a little - to alleviate the impact of such disasters. Or maybe this will be just another notch on our bedposts - an experience to tell our children - and hope against hope that we will live long enough to tell such tales.
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