Jan 16, 2020

This past week, we’ve seen how one of the smallest volcanoes in the world could cause so much chaos, fear and inevitably, loss. It was and still is a dark time for most residents and animals in CALABARZON as the Taal volcano remains on alert level 4. Amidst the volcano spewing out many harmful things,  numerous Filipinos have taken it upon themselves to counter its effects. 

Throughout the week, citizens all over the country have been stepping up and going hand in hand to help those affected by this calamity. At this point, our sense of bayanihan is easily one of our nation’s best attributes and these stories are testaments to this.


People giving out facemasks

At the outset of all of the unexpected ashfall threatening the health of people, there was a shortage in this important protective gear. But people like Rosalina Matuano improvised and used her skills as a seamstress to provide these facemasks for people who needed them

Even the riders of  Angkas were in on it and made use of their efficient vehicles to distribute facemasks all over the metro 


Survivors of Mt. Pinatubo coming together

The people of Pampanga City headed by Gov, Dennis Pineda who were primarily victims of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, have been doing relief operations for the recent victims of the Taal Volcano. This story is probably one of the most touching ones in here because it is a great example of  paying things forward as Pampanga Gov. Pineda states that 

Naiintindihan natin kung gaano kahirap that time nung tayo ang tinamaan. Remember ’yung mga tumulong sa atin at that time… tayo naman ang tutulong ngayon.” 

TULONG GALING ARAYAT. Ang mga taga-Arayat po, sa pamumuni ni Mayor Bon Alejandrino, ay namigay ng mga damit s mga evacuees sa Batangas Provincial Sports Complex.

Posted by Governor Delta on Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Free food from eateries and vendors 

Business and profit didn’t come first for these eateries and vendors in as they put it aside to make way for a greater and much-needed cause for their fellow Batangueños. 

Free food to all evacuees!! Malapit lang po sa kanto ng manghinao 😇 Feel free to come po! 💖 Salamat din po sa mga nagbigay ng tulong mapapera, raw meat,softdrinks and water 😇God Bless us all

Posted by Angel Efryl Castillo on Sunday, January 12, 2020


Animal rescue volunteers

Acts of bayanihan didn’t just apply to human beings but also to the numerous animals that dwell in Taal and who were in dire need of being rescued from the heavy ashfall. Although there were reports of several animals and livestock dying, many were saved by these patient animal rescue volunteers.

[READ: Dogs left behind by Taal evacuees need food, clean water, immediate medical attention]

Animal rescue operations for the horses of Taal island. Photo courtesy of inquirer.net

Overwhelming volunteers for relief operations 

The amount and frequency of relief operations and events popping up everywhere is telling of how much people want to help. Just recently, the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) reports of being overwhelmed by the number of people who are volunteering to either pack or distribute the relief goods. 

Then again, government agencies like this aren’t the only ones organizing relief operations. Schools, NGOs, groups of friends on social media, and even private institutions like ours have also been reaching out not only to the public but also its employees to ask for donations and volunteers.

Bayanihan among the victims 

Children line up for Food distribution. Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net

So last Wednesday, one of our fellow content creators volunteered for a relief operation and shared a touching anecdote from the experience saying that when they were handing out food and supplies, she noticed that evacuees would try to give way for those who needed the items more. Thus, despite everything, the bayanihan spirit was also present in the victims and evacuees themselves. 



See where and how you could contribute to this collective effort here. 


Header photo courtesy of Inquirer.net

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