Monday, November 11, 2013

10 Striking #YolandaPH Photos on Instagram

It's 11/11 and we're all hoping and praying for the Philippines to rise above the catastrophe left behind by Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda). Destroying most of Leyte and more, killing thousands, and leaving numerous families homeless, the world's strongest typhoons to date breaks the hearts of millions around the world. Amidst the shared photos on how people could help and donate were several Instagram pics that strike a chord those who click on the #YolandaPH hashtag.

Here are 10 of the many photos on Instagram that hit the heart. Warning: Some photos have strong content.

1. Aldwin (iamaldwinsantos) reposts a tweet by Shekinah (shekinaheden). Attached to the tweet is a photo of children who have set up a lemonade stand to raise funds for the Philippines.

2. The US Embassy of Manila's Facebook post on 80 US Marines arriving at the Villamor Air Base to aid the Philippines is currently going around Instagram. This, along with several photos of headlines from other countries on their aid and donation to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, gives people hope for quicker recovery. Other netizens cry: "Please make sure that the donations and aid go to those who really need it and not to the pockets of the corrupt!"

3. Jason Gutierrez' photo was posted on the Rappler Instagram account today with the caption:

"Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a "miracle" girl in Tacloban City today. She named her Bea Joy in honor of her mother who went missing in the storm. The baby was born in a destroyed airport compound that was turned into a makeshift medical center, with her bed a piece of dirty plywood resting amid dirt, broken glass, twisted metal, nails and other debris."

4. Jrwyn Bautista (astrolapticus) writes: "Drinking water for the victims of #YolandaPH. We're rushing everything so that these can be sent tonight. Help is on the way."

5. Diosa Joy Dioso (diosajoy) shares a photo collage over Instagram on the current state of Madridejos, Bantayan Island in Visayas.

6. Rebekah (thefashionista14) posts a photo on the aftermath of Yolanda. Survivors walk past the destruction of the world's strongest typhoon to date, some barefoot.

7. Ace (misterpunks) shares a photo of a letter of a survivor to his family abroad which was written on a paper plate.

"PANAWAGAN kay Arnel M. Ibo of Doha, Qatar from Shrima Fumar Ibo of Palo, Leyte. Okey kami lahat dito kaya lang walang naisalbang gamit pati na yung bahay. Huwag kang mag-alala, okey lang kami dito!" (Calling Arnel M. Ibo of Doha, Qatar from Shrima Fumar Ibo of Palo, Leyte. We're okay here, but we did not get to save any of our things, even the house. Do not worry, we're okay here.)

8. WARNING: Graphic Content!

Senyor Crissanto de Pedro (senyorcrissanto) shares a photo of a corpse flat on his chest, laying among the debris.

9. A photo making its rounds in the social app is that of prisoners in Muntinlupa City jail. It states that 12,000 prisoners gave up their meals o that the food can be donated to flood victims.

9. Charizma89 shares: "In Australia we're all so lucky to have 'first world problems'. We complain about the things we have that are not good enough, how our bodies are not good enough, that we have to go to work on a rainy day, that we don't have the latest designer purse or that we cant seem to find an outfit to wear for the weekend.

All of us forget how good we've got it and we always seem to want more! In comparison to people who have next to nothing and still manage to smile in some ways and be thankful. Thats how Filipinos live in the Philippines, they suffer everyday but get through it by working hard, being thankful and enjoying the simple things in life. Maybe I should take a lesson or two from my own people."

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