It’s been over a week since super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan to the rest of the world) hit the Philippines. We now know the extent of the devastation through news reports that amplified our country’s need for help, and we’re overwhelmed with the huge and continuing support from neighboring countries and the international community, as Filipinos once again heed the call for “bayanihan” with the joint efforts of various local organizations, private companies, online communities, and concerned individuals, and the rest who’ve been quietly helping out in various relief efforts, not only those in the Philippines but across the globe. Smiling amidst tragic circumstances, there is indeed no typhoon stronger than the Filipino faith.
Today, Sunday 17-November-2013, we’re doing a special #9pmhabit to show the world that we draw our strength from the smile we flash even at our most devastated hours. We have been through the worst typhoon, but our resiliency and faith won’t falter. So tonight at 9:00pm Philippine Standard Time (PST / GMT +8:00) capture your selfie shot with that beaming smile for #ktgvr, and share your message of love, hope, and prayers. Spread creativity and positivity with your posts using your favorite photo edit and filter apps. See the Instagram post here.
Fellow Instagram’ers, the easiest and fastest way to help out our kababayan affected by the super typhoon is with the phone you use for Instagram’ing. Donate to the Philippine Red Cross via SMS: Text RED <space> AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart). Go to http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate.php for more information.