Longest January Ever

In my previous post, I shared how positive we are this 2020. We welcomed this year with a renewed hope but it seems like January started (and ended) with tragic, devastating and alarming news. Don’t you feel like it’s the longest and saddest January ever? Hindi kumalma si January, nkklk!

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The first news that shocked the world was the death of Iranian General Soleimani when Trump ordered an air strike. Fear that World War 3 could happen spread fast as Iran vowed to take revenge. Videos of bombing, of soldiers who are saying goodbye to their families surfaced online. It’s just too heartbreaking to watch.

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Australia’s bushfire that happened around first week of the month destroyed millions of properties and killed one billion animals. You need not to be an animal lover to cry when you see koalas and kangaroos’ burnt bodies. My friend who lives in Sydney, far from New South Wales which is the center of bushfire, shared that smoke had reached the city and some people are having a hard time breathing. Bushfire can start by natural cause or we can also say that humans are at fault (read: global warming)

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Mother Nature’s rage also hit the Philippines as Taal Volcano, one of the most active volcanos in the country, erupted on January 12. Earthquakes and ashfall followed which made people within 14km radius evacuate for safety. Photos of towns that now look like ghost towns with no life and color can be seen on social media and TV. Despite PHIVOLCS lowering the alert level, thousands of evacuees are still in evacuation centers for fear that anytime the volcano would erupt. This phenomenon has interrupted lives of farmers, fishermen, families, students and caused damage in agriculture worth millions of peso.

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Another frightening story is the novel coronavirus which scientists believe, originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, China. Recent death toll is 213 from Wuhan and there are more than 4000 confirmed cases in China.  Countries are in high alert and take preventive measures in airports. As of this writing, there are confirmed cases of nCov in the Philippines, Canada, UK and USA. People overstock alcohol and masks. Helpful articles about nCov are in social media- how to prevent it, what we need to know about the virus and the likes as tranfer of this virus is really fast as one infected person can infect 5 people.

As if what’s happening isn’t enough yet, another horrific incident made basketball fans mourn when Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, met an untimely death following a helicopter crash.

Earthquake struck off Jamaica and Turkey as well as Davao, Philippines.

Is it an exaggeration to say that we did not receive any good news in January? I’m not generally a negative person but as far as I can remember, it’s the first time that that all those tragedies happened in a month. But as the saying goes, when you hit rock bottom, there’s no way but up. So I am still hopeful that we will be able to get through this.

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January ended yesterday and my social media feeds are full of positivity for the month of February. Sana nga. Sana talaga. I pray that the recent events serve as a wake-up call for everyone no matter where you are and what you are,  to take care of the environment and prioritize health and safety. If there are some good stories to tell about last month, it’s compassion and people making a difference in their own little ways.

I pray and wish that we get to hear progress and some good news this love month. I still believe that there’s no such thing as hopeless.

With You In Praying For The World,

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