Wednesday, September 28, 2011

After a Storm

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yesterday I woke up to the sound of the rain coming down in torrents punctuated by strong winds hurtling against the windows. Like a thunderous orchestra, the raging storm cast an eerie echo not so different from the one that devastated Metro Manila a year ago. Now we can show how we’ve learned from past mistakes, I thought. With the country capital’s present state floods are inevitable, but deaths are not – or shouldn’t be. Its rage spent, the typhoon hurriedly moved on and unleashed its fury towards the North, leaving not a single area in Luzon unscathed. 

They say that there is a calm before a storm, but there is also a calm after it. Amid the ruins left by a storm, there is a sense of renewal. Like an intense argument where anger, hurt and frustrations are vented out, a storm clears the air. It makes the obscure plain and the hidden visible. The plight of the poor, the lack of urban planning, all of the country’s interwoven problems are brought to light once more.

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