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Art for a Cause | What’s Happening in the PH?

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! Firstly, I’d like to apologize for not posting and interacting with you all since the beginning of the month. My life has been really tough and busy lately and I have focused on my priorities other than this blog. Secondly, this post will be all about what is happening in my country and I will deeply appreciate it if you read this until the end and lastly, I will talk about my art for a cause commissions!

What’s Happening in the Philippines?

[Trigger Warning: Natural Disaster Effects, Death.]

My country has been experiencing a lot of typhoons since October, and here is a list and a short information of what happened in order:

October 25, 2020 – Typhoon Quinta

[As of October 27, 2020, 1:03 AM]

Typhoon Quinta struck and made a lot of places in Luzon (the largest island of the Philippines) flooded and left with no electricity. Over 150,000 people were displaced, 2 were reported death and a dozen were reported missing. The typhoon has made 5 landfalls in different areas of Luzon which affected many areas in provinces, including rice fields, wherein the farmers were supposed to harvest crops next month.

Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/26/20/over-150000-displaced-2-reported-dead-as-quinta-wreaked-havoc-in-ph

November 01, 2020 – Super Typhoon Rolly

[As of November 03, 2020, 2:25 PM]

Super Typhoon Rolly, the strongest storm of 2020, has struck the Philippines destroying thousands of homes and killed at least 20 people, according to the officials. It has made its first landfall in Bato Town, Catanduanes province. It had its second landfall in Tiwi, Albay Province. Rolly has destroyed 80% of the homes in Catanduanes and a total of 108,555 families or almost 390,000 people were displaced and evacuated in nearby regions. In total, more than 2 million individuals were affected.

Sources: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/11/03/2054296/20-dead-after-super-typhoon-rolly-batters-philippines | https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/762355/ndrrmc-over-2m-residents-from-12-regions-affected-by-rolly/story/#:~:text=%E2%80%9CMost%20of%20the%20commodities%20that%20have%20been%20badly,farmers%20as%20well%20have%20been%20affected%2C%E2%80%9D%20Dar%20said.

November 4, 2020 – Severe Tropical Storm Siony

Days after Super Typhoon Rolly comes another severe tropical storm, Siony (international name Atsani), and was expected to intensify into a typhoon before making landfall in extreme Northern Luzon. It mainly affected the provinces in the Northern Luzon, including mainland Cagayan.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/siony-makes-landfall-today/ar-BB1aH5mC

November 11, 2020 – Typhoon Ulysses

Now for the most recent one, Typhoon Ulysses hit the Philippines last November 11, 2020. It caused massive flooding in different areas of Luzon. Many Filipinos, again, were evacuated to different areas. Thousands of houses literally submerged due to severe flooding and here are some of the photos:

Some infographics:

With all these calamities we’re going through, I am so mad that our national government is still incompetent as ever. People are literally dying and our president is nowhere to be found. With all the current social issues we have going on here, I am just so mad. The president has emergency powers, and yet he was nowhere to be found during these trying times. And no, he doesn’t need to be on-site, but he needs to maximize all his powers to HELP all those people in need. They ultimately glorify the resiliency of the Filipinos, but it’s time now that we ask for accountability! Disasters like this really do happen and they’re natural, but it’s best if the national government warn their people beforehand and do something that will actually help rather than neglect whatever’s happening.

Still, kudos to all public servants who actually do their job!

Please help spread awareness and donate when you have the means! Here’s a thread of donation drives:

Since a lot of Filipinos are STILL in need of help, I have decided to open up my commissions! 100% of my proceeds will be donated to various donation drives.

Please kindly message me right away if you want some photos illustrated, because this will really help my fellow Filipinos who were severely affected by the typhoon. Spreading the word will also help! Thank you so much!

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1 Comment

  1. I am so sorry to hear about the typhoons happening in the Philippines. I’ve been reading it in the news and seen it in social media – and I wish there is more awareness of this natural disaster. One home destroyed is already too many. The photos show the reality of the situation, and thank you for sharing. It is also very generous of you to donate your commission earnings for a good cause.

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