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  • Faith In Humanity Restored! Taal Volcano, Typhoon Rolly Victims Exchange Donations

    They also promised to pay it forward for others who will be in need.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Faith In Humanity Restored! Taal Volcano, Typhoon Rolly Victims Exchange Donations
PHOTO BY (LEFT TO RIGHT) Courtesy of Task Force: Tabang sa Tugang and Evangeline de Leon
  • Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 already started out as a challenging year with the Taal Volcano eruption that happened in January. But even with all that’s happened, viral stories of kindness continue to remind us that the bayanihan spirit is alive in every Filipino.

    Among those stories is the recent exchange of relief goods between victims of the Taal Volcano eruption and Typhoon Rolly victims. Thanks to boxes of donations and supplies, residents of Batangas and Albay were able to warm each other’s hearts.

    In November 2020, Psalm David Prena of the group Task Force: Tabang sa Tugang, an organization from Albay that aims to help those affected by Typhoon Rolly, shared a photo that immediately went viral. It was a shot of a donation box labeled “To Victims of Typhoon Rolly, From Victims of Taal Volcano,” sent by the Navara Nation Batangas Chapter.

    The backstory: When Batangas was struggling with the aftermath of Taal Volcano’s eruption, among those that offered help were residents of Albay, who had already experienced the wrath of the Mayon Volcano. As Typhoon Rolly devastated Bicol, Batangueños saw the chance to pay back the compassion that was shown to them.

    “It really showed the Bayanihan spirit of Filipinos — the culture of helping others despite also being in need,” Psalm wrote in his post. “It’s true that those who can empathize with survivors are those who also managed to survive themselves… And just like how you helped us today, this is a promise that we will help others as well in the future. From one survivor to another.”

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    In an interview with Summit Video Originals, Evangeline de Leon of the Navara Nation Batangas Chapter shared the inspiration behind the donation drive.

    “Noong Taal volcanic eruption, sobrang dami ng tulong na na-receive ng Batangas, and one of those people na tumulong sa amin [are the] people of Bicol. Then, naisip namin sobrang devastated sila nung Typhoon Rolly so naisip namin that was the best time to pay them back,” she says.

    Watch the video below to see how their inspiring journey all came together:

    Watch another heartwarming video of hero dogs saving their owners during Typhoon Ulysses here.

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