A lot of people are wondering what I did 6 months ago during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda.
I was at home working when the news broke out about it. People on my virtual workplace worried if I am affected of Haiyan. I told them that I am in Manila and the provinces in the eastern part of Visayas was struck by the said devastating typhoon.
November 8: Typhoon Yolanda entered the Philippines.
November 9: While on my way to the DigitalFilipino’s SEO seminar at Commune, Makati, I rode a taxi and heard about the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) near Coron, Palawan. I wasn’t aware at that time that Leyte, Samar and other nearby province were hit by the said typhoon.
Upon learning the news, my former client, Fiona emailed me on how to send her donation. I told her that I gave a part of my weekly earnings from Odesk to the Red Cross. Then, I asked my neighbor’s helper, Romnick if he received a news on the whereabouts of his family in Samar.
When I learned about Google Finder, I texted him and asked for the deets of his family. He went to our store and gave the complete details that I need to submit it on the list. And I also search a lot of my friends who were living in the area.
I found out that there’s a lot of bloggers based in Tacloban and nearby province who sought spiritual and financial help at the height of Yolanda. It broke my heart when a blogger and her family died during the typhoon.
Few days after, I read Third Team Media’s owner Fleire Castro status update on Facebook that catches my attention:
A week after the typhoon, I messaged Fleire in the morning of November 17:
Good morning! Is there bloggers who are affected with YolandaPh pa aside from Ge Ann who need help pa?I’m planning to donate one of my unused laptop (I purchased from a blogger and I never been use it pa).
(Photos above from Dante Enage’s art studio in Tacloban)
I bought the said laptop (it’s a second hand lappy) to a close friend and also a blogger which was supposed to be the replacement of my current netbook. I did all the sacrifices in my life…I let it go and help someone in need of my help.
During the afternoon of December 7, I sent out the laptop. And today, I was delighted over Ge Ann’s post on my timeline. She was able to get back working on her blog, do some social media marketing strategies, articles and Skype calls to her students.
It’s my way of paying it forward to the blogging community. No matter what’s happening around the blogging scene, we need to unite in times of struggles and natural disasters.
Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance social media manager and web developer. She also devoted her time managing her food blog, and music/concert blog. One of the Hootsuite Ambassador for the Philippines since 2014 and currently working as social media manager for the local band, The Itchyworms.
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