How Filipinos Drew Humour out of Ondoy

When Filipinos were tagged as humorous even in the direst situations, I honestly thought it was just one of those qualities Filipinos would claim as exclusively theirs when it clearly wasn’t.  I had the chance to truly verify that claim when Ondoy came–tragic as the typhoon might have been , it was one of those times when certain Filipinos took the opportunity to relax a little and lessen the tension that characterized everything related to Ondoy.

More than the spirit of volunteerism evident in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube among many others, there were also jibes and jokes that, I admit, even I couldn’t help but laugh at.

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Lessons We Learned from Typhoon Ondoy

While everyone else was stranded in their schools or offices, drowning in at least knee-deep water/mud or scouring every store to find food as Typhoon Ondoy swept Metro Manila, I was at the comfort of my home. I was warm and had many to eat—and not even a single drop of rain fell on my skin.

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