MANILA, Philippines – A few days after withstanding what is said to be one of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, survivors showed the true Filipino heart and spirit. CNN broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper became witness to all of these, after a few days of staying in Tacloban.
On his CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360° on Saturday morning, he thanked the Philippines and the Filipino people for “showing the world how to live.”
When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see things. You see people as they really are. This week in Tacloban, Samar and Cebu, amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we’ve seen the best in the Filipino people. Their strength, their courage, I can’t get it out of my mind. Imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids, the strength to sleep; on the street near the body of your child.
We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways to laugh, and to love, to stand up, to move forward.
A storm breaks wood and bone, brings hurt and heartbreak. In the end, the wind, the water, the horror it brings is not the end of the story.
With aid and assistance, compassion and care, this place, these people…they will make it through. They already survived the worst. They’re bowed, perhaps tired and traumatized, but they are not broken.
Mabuhay Philippines! Maraming salamat for all you’ve shown us. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.
Minutes later after his live broadcast, Cooper was praised by internet users in different social networking sites.
Celebrity and TV host Bianca Gonzales (@iamsuperbianca) said through tweeter, “Wow. So Powerful. Thank you.”
Also a tweet from, @paosiops said, “Thank you Anderson Cooper.”
In another tweet, Ella Ectobanez(@Stellaellabella), an Overseas Filipino Worker said, “Filipinos back home are just touchy. I think you’re great at what you do.”
Filipinos, not only in the Philippines but around the globe, felt the heartwarming message of the report.
Here’s Cooper’s report: