A few years ago, I found myself walking along the flooded streets of Manila with a workmate. The Typhoon Ondoy poured (insert amount) of rain to the nation’s capital which lead the submerging of more than half of it in flood waters. While we hiked along the gray waters, I recall poking humour at our dismal state.
The past few days, as I watched the street where our apartment building is located transform into a knee deep river, I couldn’t help but to associate songs with what was happening. Sunday evening, the song Luha by Aegis was on my head before I went to sleep after wading in the flood just to get back home from the church which is just around the block. (My sister and I had boots on). On Monday, I posted a video of Stranded by Jennifer Paige when I learned that some of our friends were stuck in the church because of the heavy downpour and flood. This morning, I took a picture of our street and posted it along with the lyrics of Tabing Ilog by Barbie’s Cradle.
Was I happy that it rained? A former classmate commented that “Pakanta-kanta na lang ako (I could still get to sing.)” No, I wasn’t. It threw off the plans that I made for this week. It should have been a busy week at school both in my academics and extracurriculars. I sighed whenever I hear the rain pour down. I was worried about the people I know who might be hit hard by this calamity.
However, in this unfortunate time, sulking and whining would not make things any better. We should not make things worse than it already is. Finding humor in the dire situation can somehow alleviate the pain and worry. Somehow, it can bring yourself hope that things would get better. And I am certain, it will.
I know I am not the only who thinks this way. Filipinos are known for being generally happy. This makes Filipinos more resilient despite the hardship. We can find a way to pick up the pieces and move forward. And we can do this with a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts.