Hi guys, sorry for the lack of updates. I’m sure we were all busy helping out with the relief operations in our own areas, and I didn’t find the time (or the energy) to shoot or write much. Sorry about that. Well, its been over a week since the calamity happened, and even though many are still suffering, from what I’ve witnessed, there are many more who are working to help alleviate them from that pain. The future is bright, and if anything, this devastation has only made us stronger and more united. Life can be rough and hard, but we must continue to move forward- life must go on.
This isn’t to say we go back to the daily grind and stop reaching out and doing what we can to help. Instead, I aim to move forward and use what has happened to guide us as we progress. We go back to work and find ways, no matter how small, to continue to help. We let society move on, without forgetting about what happened. We channel our work for the benefit of those who have suffered.
My friend has put up an auction of his furniture to raise funds for his Soup Kitchen, giving sandwiches and soup to families in Northern Cebu. Many shops including WAGW have pledged to donate proceeds of sales to the Red Cross and other privately organized relief groups. My blogger friends and I have also come together to assist in these relief operations- though donations, pack ups, distribution and social media blasting for awareness. No, none of these need to be promoted or publicized, but the aim is always to inspire, to encourage and in the end, to help the helpless.
There have been so many criticisms going around online- on the government (yes, I am angry at them too), or on publishing inaccurate content, or on promoting what you donate and inversely on people thinking you don’t care when you’d rather keep it anonymous. I understand concern, but I highly suggest thinking before speaking or reacting. Knowing everything about a concern before lashing out online or leaving nasty comments. There is no room for negativity and judgement right now, especially unfounded ones. We are all aiming for the same goal- to get out of this hellish situation and raise our flag as a united and rebuilt nation. So what do you say we all pledge to do so?
I pledge to move on while never forgetting, to use my work for the benefit of the affected, to help in any way I can. I pledge to provide hope, relief and strength to my maximum capacity, and continue to do so without negativity and unfounded criticism on others. I pledge to help lift up our nation in its darkest hour and inspire others to do the same. We can do this. #BangonPilipas, Bangon Pinoy!
Okay, now I know you must be thinking about the non-related outfit shots and my loooong speech back there. But this is the part I mean about moving forward and not forgetting. I’ve gotten tons of emails asking me to post outfit shots again up here, but I didn’t really feel like doing so much last week. Sorry to those emails I have not responded to, my hands were tied at the moment, but this is a reply to most of them. While I did shoot these photos waaay before the Typhoon hit, I thought about sharing them with you because they can serve a strong purpose.
If you look at my previous post about the #BangonPilipinas shirts, and you want to make your own version of it, you can! This shirt I have on is from SNAPTEE and it has my blog’s name on it, but you can actually customize it to your own design- you can let it say or show anything under the sun. Sure, it’s a great way to be creative and let your art shine though, but more importantly, I think it’s a great way to spread awareness in your own little way. I wore the #BangonPilipinas shirt around the city last Saturday, and so many people asked me about it- what it stands for, where to get it and ultimately, how they can help. Nay sayers might think it’s a bit of a stretch and I didn’t post it on my blog as an OOTD because I thought so too, but when I saw the effect it had on the community first hand, I knew it worked, and I just had to talk about it. And no, I am not being paid to say that or post it- none of this is sponsored. This is just a small and simple example of using what you have to make a difference. If you want to buy a shirt, why not a shirt that tells a story? If you want to tell a story, why not a story that can help inspire people? If you want to inspire people, why not inspire them to help others. What other ways can you think of to channel our work for the benefit of others? I’d love to hear your thoughts!