ecoNOVATE – community driven innovation! INTRO – Dream-2-Destiny Journey


Cultivating Change! Do it with PASSION! 
econological inspired 
inspire people ● harmonize planet ● balance progress
Making communities & business human again! 
Promote entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, SMEs & cooperative communities! Building on your Dreams towards communities that THRIVE!
Building on your dreams towards communities that THRIVE!
Bringing a new dimension in makingcommunities & business human again!Promote entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, SMEs& cooperative communities!
Inspire people in harmony with the planet for balanced progress
towards building communities that THRIVE!
Strengthening, connecting and mobilizing people, resources and tools to enhance community values for better life & work balance, creating a vivacious environment in which participants contribute their share as community leaders of change and participate in collaborative efforts to advance solutions towards thriving communities
Providing mentorship, coaching and participation to build communities that thrive, promote entrepreneurship, SMEs & cooperative communities to widen and strengthen the middle-class
Extending our expertise in change facilitation to the corporate and public sector, enabling their teams to embrace new challenges and strategies in an ever changing world
from appreciating to creating (AI)
– Discover and walk the positive road
– Dream and imagine what could be
– Design what should be (ideal)
– Deliver what will be creating the future

ecoNOVATE inspires people, in harmony with the planet, for balanced progress, building on their dreams towards thriving communities!

Bringing a new dimension in making communities & business human again!

Promoting entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, SMEs & community cooperatives!

 

ecoNOVATE is an incubator platform for SMEs, start-ups and community cooperatives, geared to entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, social entrepreneurs and cooperative communities, providing the means to grow their potentials, creative innovation and effective leadership in moving from surviving to thriving within their targeted communities.

Through community engagement, mentoring, coaching and participation, we inspire and empower individuals to take an active role inrealizing solutions towards thriving communities, rather than merely complaining or being complacent about it. They contribute their share by participating in collaborative efforts to advance their community towards building a strong, healthy and economically secure society. We focus on orchestrating the ecosystems that facilitate collaboration, converge knowledge into practice and mobilize ecosystems driven by people’s capacity to do-design, co-create and co-develop, connecting participants in the ecosystem.

ecoNOVATE extends its role as a mobilizer in change facilitation to the corporate and public sectors, to connect and collaborate in order to unlock the collective knowledge of the ecosystems they represent or operate in, moving from competition to collaboration. ecoNOVATE enables their teams to embrace new challenges, become part of the transformation, rather than simply being impacted by it, migrate to and integrate to new socio-economic models, supply chain concepts and marketing strategies, including Whole Systems Transformation, Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Development. Providing winning strategies for companies and governments to adapt to and position themselves successfully for the future.

 

Enticing people, their PASSIONS & CAPACITIES

  • Leaders and community builders of tomorrow
  • Anyone with passion and/or skills to initiate entrepreneurship or community leadership & building
  • Enterprises embracing new socio-economic models and marketing strategies

Dream-2-Destiny Journey from appreciating to creating

  1. Discover and walk the positive road
  2. Dream and imagine what could be
  3. Design what should be (ideal)
  4. Deliver what will be creating the future

Adapting the MACRO to the MICRO (going glocal)

We are pioneering as ecoNOVATE, focusing on encouraging the creative capacity of communities towards the Tourism Sector, piloting in Cebu, elevating the potentials in the Visayas, later to be extended across the Philippines.

Future developments will reach out to other cities, countries and regions worldwide through compatible partnerships.

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Bringing a new dimension in making communities & business human again!

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Econological inspired – inspire people ● harmonize planet ● balance progress

From ME to WE, from EGO to ECO, from SILOS to COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY

  • ecological connected: connection between self and nature
  • social connected: connection between self and others
  • spiritual connected: connection between self and self

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Inspire one – 1x = X1 – motivate many!

We change the way we LIVE! We change the way of LIFE!

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The Unbearable Lightness of Tactics


Daring to dream big and kill mediocrity and simplistic goals!
– by Peter Vander Auwera (PeterVan)

We should invite each other to reflect and be self-critical – not necessarily about our individual contributions and the corporate reactions to them – but about our collective company culture in general:
• Where do we want to stop or should we go the full way and really let others look into our soul?
• We should be disappointed if we only get buy-in on a tactical list and not on a bigger “story”, or better “narrative”, that withstands the signs of the time of being fashionable and “street-cred” without credibility

It is precisely that lack of depth, context and intention, looking for a higher ideal and potential, making something memorable and worthwhile, and even having the ambition of offering some moral compass that me and many others are deeply missing these days.
Daring to do complex things. Dare to do ambitious things.
The concept of eternal recurrence imposes a “heaviness” on our lives and on the decisions we make (to borrow from Nietzsche’s metaphor, it gives them “weight”). Nietzsche believed this heaviness could be either a tremendous burden or great benefit depending on the individual’s perspective.”
I feel I am on a crossroads of doing something with this only one life. Unshake the bag of heaviness.

Petervan

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Picture from Tomorrowland Music Festival, Boom, Belgium, by imgkid.com

During the last summer, there was a sort of house-festival organized in the small village where I live. A sort of Tomorrowland, but then very small scale and for the local youth only.

The organization looked professional, I had been listening to the soundchecks during the hot summer afternoon, and I decided to check it out, very much aware that at any moment one of the millennials may ask “hey granddaddy, what are you doing here?” 😉 That did not happen. More interestingly, I started to wonder what inspired these young folks here.

Maybe the weather had something to do with it. After a hot summer day, a thunderstorm had transformed the ground into a muddy spectacle. The moisture was still very much in the air and in the clothes of people, and I could smell a sickening mix of boredom…

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Resilience over strength!


Principles for Open Innovation and Open Leadingship! 
– by Joi Ito, transcripted with a wealth of notes by Peter Vander Auwera
Diminishing cost of innovation makes those having the money behave a little bit better. Who is thinking about those ideas that don’t start small? Thinking about it as a community. This is less about empowering the individual, more about empowering the community.

Disruptive technologies and business models

Today, the majority of the start-ups in Silicon Valley no longer are tech companies. The ruthless new-borns are there to disrupt entire industries: it is rife with pioneers that are aiming to shake up the world of healthcare, medicine and many more.

In a brief address delivered at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, Media Lab director Joi Ito proposed the "9 Principles" that will guide the Media Lab's work under his leadership.

In a brief address delivered at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, Media Lab director Joi Ito proposed the “9 Principles” that will guide the Media Lab’s work under his leadership.

“What was new for me in this tour was the power shift towards “fan-base” and “peer-base”. And the difference between platform-thinking and peer-thinking.” – Peter Vander Auwera
All these companies are lean and on target using the latest sophisticated technology to drive the social physics deeper and deeper.. Shopping no eBay with pay pal can have item in hour now in Manhattan.. This is just the tip of iceberg… of this exponential movement into accelerating returns.
While many enterprises are hesitantly making their first moves into platform-thinking, trying to avoid the Uberization of their own business, we are already witnessing the appearance of full peer-to-peer networks, where the infrastructure and business frameworks are owned by the peers, by the commons.
The 9 principles of open innovation – by Joi Ito
  1. Disobedience over compliance
  2. Pull over push
  3. Compasses over maps
  4. Emergence over authority
  5. Learning over education
  6. Resilience over strength
  7. Systems over objects
  8. Risk over safety
  9. Practice over theory
The Uberization of Everything, and beyond - an evaluation by Peter Vander Auwera

The Uberization of Everything, and beyond – an evaluation by Peter Vander Auwera

Resilience over strength

In stead of bulk-up and resist failure, invest the same money on recovery and resilience. You tend to try to minimize failure, rather than trying to work on resilience. It’s also kind of a Zen thing too. If you are extremely present and ready for anything, your are in an extremely resilient state. And it you are not present, you are always focused on the future, or the past, you try to build up walls and trying to make sure that you don’t get choved. And it is hard when you are surrounded by other planners in an institution like this (Knite Foundation) you tend to focus on structure, strength versus resilience, the structure vs this bounciness. On the Internet, a lot of the pieces are very resilient, when you are in an institution that uses a lot of planning; it is hard to create that interface.
How to share knowledge?

The conference model is a great system. A lot of people have experimented with ways to try to share knowledge, but it seems to be one of the hardest problems because everybody has a day-job, they are very busy, and people are talking sort of different languages, and when you are face to face you can coordinate your language in real-time

 

How to you get people who are working on things coordinated?

At the Media Lab we have several approaches: we have this sort of big data, data mining, machine learning, predicting things through causalities and patterns vs something where people are more in charge and people are more active.

 

From authoritative to creative leadership

“The natural perspective of artists and designers — who thrive in ambiguity, fail productively, and rebound naturally — will be become more and more useful in leadership contexts.”

The chart was originally created for a workshop at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2009 and became the basis of ‘Redesigning Leadership’ written with Becky Bermont.

There are authoritative leaders and creative leaders everywhere — it’s not something wholly determined by industry, generation, or position. And every leader will need, on any given day, a little bit of both types of leadership.

‘Redesigning Leadership’ By John Maeda

‘Redesigning Leadership’ By John Maeda

Joi’s talk makes us reflect on the openness of innovation, Maeda adds the openness of leadingship.
See also:  “The End of Leadership”, by Peter Vander Auwera – on principles for Leadingship vs. Leadership
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Leadingship vs Leadership Peter Vander Auwera

By granting power to people in gaining personal control and in becoming personally responsible for their actions, we are at the same time granting them real freedom to become true equals and fully human beings.

It is not difficult to understand that being an object of delegation and a recipient of giving (as a token of shared power), a person can naturally feel the humiliating bitterness engendered by being a powerless and subservient receiver and not having the authority in exercising personal freedom.

The result of this type of submissive role-behaviour, would possible entail the undermining of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-respect.

The most obvious flaw in the context of power concentration in the hands of persons in charge of others is the assumption that delegated responsibility is analogous to a commodity that can be shared among individuals or groups.

 

Awareness-based collective action leadership!


Collective Mindfulness: The Leader’s New Work! 
– by Otto Scharmer

Collective sleepwalking results in three deep divides that are the signature of our civilizational crisis today:
1. the ecological divide — the disconnect between self and nature (resulting in overuse of planet Earth’s finite resources — we are using 1.5 planets today);
2. the social divide — the disconnect between self and other (resulting in two societies: the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent); and
3. the spiritual divide — the disconnect between self and self (resulting in suicide now taking more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined).

 

Theory U -- Leading from the Emerging Future

Theory U — Leading from the Emerging Future

 

The Blind Spot

The root cause of our current economic and civilizational crisis is not Wall Street (although the decoupling of the financial and the real economy is a huge problem). It’s not infinite growth (although overusing earth’s finite resources is another enormous problem). It’s not Big Business or Big Government (although their disconnect from the real needs in our communities needs to be fixed). It’s also not leadership, governance, or ownership. The primary root cause is more fundamental than any of these structural issues or systemic disconnects.

Our current crisis originates between our ears: in our outdated paradigms of economic thought. It originates in the disconnect between our dominant models of economic thought (which gravitate around ego-system awareness, in which stakeholders maximize benefit only for themselves) and the collaboration imperatives of our global eco-system economy (in which stakeholders seek to improve the well-being of all, including themselves). We have an enormous disconnect between ego-system thinking and the eco-system reality.

What’s really needed is a deeper shift of consciousness. We need to care and act not just for ourselves and a few close partners, but in the interest of the entire eco-system in which economic activity takes place.

  • The Leader’s New Work: Bending the Beam of Observation 
  • Personal Transformation: From Me to We
  • Relational Transformation: From Ego to Eco
  • Institutional Transformation: From Silos to Collective Creativity
  • Building An Awareness Based Collective Leadership School

To support this ego to eco shift we need a new type of awareness-based collective action leadership school — a distributed platform that focuses on pioneering profound innovations by an approach that links and integrates all sectors (business, government, civil society), system levels (micro, macro, mundo) and all intelligences (head, heart, hand).

Rights of Nature and an Earth Community Economy!


Around the world, we are seeing the emergence of creative alternatives to destructive economic paradigms. The good news is what is healthy for an ecosystem is also good for people: key ingredients are localization and regionalism. The best economic and environmentally sound solutions are place-based, diverse according to region, and are responsive to local communities and social needs. Instead of fearing a transition to an Earth Community Economy, we can support and enjoy local organic food, vibrant local businesses, a healthy local economy, jobs with justice and the development of clean decentralized energy. I’m not talking about utopias, but rather regenerative, functional, local communities.

The “Rights of Nature” approach promotes a structure of law that recognizes that our living planet has rights of its own. If a Rights of Nature legal framework were implemented, activities that harm the ability of ecosystems and natural communities to thrive and naturally restore themselves, would be in legal violation of nature’s rights.

The Rights of Mother Earth framework recognizes the inherent meaning, sacredness, and value of the natural world: that which is not tradable or subject to commerce.

These rights along with respecting human rights are what being civil means.

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“Our life-giving rivers, forests, and mountains are treated as property to be sold and consumed,” the author writes. “In our legal systems, because nature is property, it is invisible to courts.”

Countering the Market-Driven Economy:

All of these actions herald not simply a declaration of new rights in the traditional sense, but a new consciousness of the Earth as a living organism with which we as humans must coexist. In order to live in harmony with the Earth and to halt the most destructive aspects of our modern life, we need to advance a new economy based on the carrying capacity of our Earth and finite planetary boundaries. Recognizing that nature has rights can inform and help to legally re-enforce principles that counter a solely market-driven economy, thereby fostering a new sort of sustainable economy—an “Earth Community Economy,” if you will—based on respect for natural laws and governance systems that uphold the rights and needs of nature in balance with the rights and needs of humans.

This way of thinking globally takes into account and includes the entirety of the Earth Community: human communities together with ecosystem communities of river, forest, desert, ocean, mountain—and all that those imply. There is room for growth of understanding as well as the health and prosperity of each community over time, if we act without further delay.

A Framework to Support Human Well-Being:

Rights of Nature legislation will encourage the formulation and implementation of new economic structures and indicators such as Gross National Happiness, Genuine Progress Indicator, Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare, and others that do not rely upon GDP as the only true or acceptable metric. We must question defining worth, wealth, value, and well-being based on only the measuring of money and quantities of material goods. The vital force of life itself and human happiness cannot be forced into a monetary system; they do not equate. In the language of the “new bottom line” put forward by the Network of Spiritual Progressives in its mission statement, we are called to evaluate our social and economic institutions “not only to the extent that they maximize money and power, but also by how much they maximize love and caring, ethical and ecological sensitivity, and our capacity to respond with awe and wonder at the grandeur of creation.”

At the core of our global societal and environmental crises is a need to change our fundamental personal values and what we uphold as meaningful in our lives. When we honestly look at the level of systemic change now required to meet the urgency of our time, we can see that personal transformation and changing how we are living on the earth is critical to mitigating our global crises.

Working Toward an “Earth Community Economy”:

We must change the way we think about what an economy is for, and how we measure it. Today, we measure economic well-being using flawed instruments such as the GDP. Yet even the generation and dumping of toxic waste is part of the GDP—a wildly inaccurate measure of progress. We must begin to develop new metrics like the Gross National Happiness Index, which assesses economic performance based on the health and well-being of people living in balance with each other and nature.

Cultures living close to the Earth have shown a balanced way of life quite unlike newer, consumer-driven notions of simply having more. “Living well” in the Kichwa language of the Indigenous people of Ecuador, is called sumak kawsay; in Spanish, it is buen vivir. The Buryat people of the Lake Baikal region express it this way: “To live a life of honor is to live with tegsh,” meaning to live in appreciation and balance with all of life. An Earth Community Economy envisions a future that has not come from enslaving Nature and treating all other life as mere resources for human exploitation and unchecked material growth.

While a Rights of Nature framework does not solve all of our daunting problems, it does offer a foundation upon which healthy economic principles and sustainability can be built. Advocating for a systemic economic alternative that balances the rights of human communities with the rights of ecosystems should be at the heart of all international sustainable development and climate negotiations. As we look to completely transform our responsibilities and relationship with the natural world, this Earth Community Economy based on Rights of Nature is an idea and a necessity whose time is now.

 

Learn to be Nelson Mandela!


Find Your Inner Mandela: A Tribute and Call to Action!

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HBR – Find Your Inner Mandela: A Tribute and Call to Action

 

Don’t just mourn Nelson Mandela. Learn to be Nelson Mandela.
He was the consummate turnaround leader.

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He knew that he was an icon and shaped a culture for others. His goal was to change behavior, not only laws. The head of what was then Daimler Chrysler South Africa, who had returned to his native South Africa after apartheid ended, motivated a hostile, unproductive black work force by engaging with them in their dream of building a Mercedes for Mandela. This was all about culture, not about financial incentives. People raised their aspirations because Mandela encouraged them.

He also understood the power of forgiveness. Despite 27 years in prison, he emerged with his sense of justice intact — but no discernible bitterness. He maintained his faith in people no matter what, that people would come right in the end, he said.

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Mandela’s legacy is larger than racial justice and more widespread than his country or continent. His legacy lies in the lessons about leadership he left for all of us. We can pay tribute by channeling him: Discouraged because things don’t break your way? Consider Mandela’s 27 years in prison. Unwilling to give up the perqs of power? Recall Mandela’s no-more-than-five-years promise. Tempted to crush the competition, eviscerate enemies, or publicly humiliate those who make mistakes? Find your inner Mandela, forgive, and move on.

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If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can’t I paint you!


Once Upon a Tragedy: A PhotoStory of When Haiyan Struck the Philippines
– by Carla Marez Peruelo (Wannabe)

#YolandaPH #reliefPH #BangonPH #Visayas #Haiyan2121 #RebuildVISAYAS

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by Carla Marez Peruelo
Blog: Wannabe – InkBlots and IceBergs
Original blog article: click the picture for URL

 

Once upon a time, somewhere between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea…
…there lay a unique archipelago named the Philippines.

• • •

It boasted of pristine-white beaches with clear blue waters…
…abundant natural resources found nowhere else in the world…
…and picturesque sunsets of the kind that’ll take your breath away.

• • •

But despite these stunning treasures, the Philippines hosts a people of notable humility and simplicity.

The Filipinos are a remarkable people. They are hard-working and resilient, patiently bearing the hardship of life…
…but they never forget to smile.

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No matter what month of the year it is, there’s always a festivity somewhere in its 7,107 islands.

They are among the happiest people in the world…
…and indeed their smiles are among the most beautiful…
…the most authentic…

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But as in all stories, it can’t be all smiles and peaceful days for the main characters; a stormy time has to come. Only, for this particular story, the “stormy time” is quite a literal one.

• • •

Supertyphoon Haiyan.

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Believed to be one of the strongest typhoons ever — the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, packing estimated maximum sustained winds of 195 miles per hour — Typhoon Haiyan had the whole world on tenterhooks.

Unlike its fellow supertyphoons which have come and gone without causing much fuss (as they did not make landfall and simply contented themselves raining down upon vast oceans), Typhoon Haiyan wanted to be a show-off and decided that it had to make its presence felt on inhabited land.

At first, it wondered where it ought to go, and then something unique down South China Sea caught its eye (no pun intended).

Hmm, the Philippine archipelago, perhaps?

Thus Haiyan (local name Yolanda) rained down on the Philippines that fateful day.

Okay, so “rained down” is totally an understatement.

“Ravaged” seems to be the more fitting term. Entire cities were flattened in Samar and Leyte, the worst-hit parts of the country.

The Filipino people living in these worst-hit areas faced a terrible ordeal. The widespread devastation Haiyan brought upon Central Philippines was nothing short of apocalyptic.

Power and communication lines were cut off…
…and the damage and rubble extended to as far as any of them could see.
Transport vehicles were destroyed.

But even if our jeeps weren’t destroyed, asked Juan, where would we use them? The roads are unpassable.

And even if the roads were passable, added Pedro, where would we go?

Certainly, we have no office today…or for quite some time.

We have no class.
We have no market day.
We don’t even have a roof…
…and in fact, we have no home.
We have but a small bundle of scavenged things…
…but we have lost more than our possessions.

We have lost our community.
We have lost lives.
Where do we go from here?

• • •

The Filipino people cried desperately for help.

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No sooner had the Filipinos called, when the world was quick to respond, “We are here. We will help.”

And bit by bit, the Filipino could smile again.

Hope was born amidst a sea of hopeless destruction…
…and the Filipinos could only be grateful for the great helping hand of the world’s nations that pledged and delivered aid…
…and look up to the warm generosity with which the rest of humanity embraced it.

As much as a happily-ever-after would sound good right about now, the real story dictates another plot twist. The outpouring of help from both within and outside the Philippines did not manage to easily flow into the hollow vessel Haiyan bore into the middle of the country.

As days passed, the country began to speculate on why only trickles were making their way out of a full pitcher when so many glasses needed to be filled.

The Filipino people were divided on the issue.
Was it lack of organization and incompetence in leadership?

Or are we expecting too much and being too hard on the government?

The rest of the Filipinos wondered and debated and thought some more, while those badly afflicted could only hold on to hope that help would come sooner than the hooded black figure with a scythe.

• • •

Meanwhile, a few other matters were irking Filipinos.

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Philippine broadcaster Korina Sanchez, wife of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, clashed with CNN’s Anderson Cooper didn’t know what he was talking about
Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay earned the wrath of the Filipino people when relief goods for Haiyan-hit areas were boldly stamped with his name
Korina Sanchez also received additional backlash when netizens spotted her name imprinted on these slippers donated for Haiyan victims
But such issues of political gimmickry, attempts to protect the government’s image, and finger-pointing battles between the LGUs and the national government are, as Anderson Cooper would put it, “all just kind of a bizarre side show.“ Cooper continues, “The only thing that matters is what’s happening on the ground, and is aid getting to people who need it most?”

That is indeed the right question to ask. And while individual civilians can only do (and rage) so much to help in the relief efforts and try to hasten the delivery of aid to the needy, there’s no denying that in the aftermath of this tragedy, we saw no shortage of inspiring acts of altruism and kindness by people from all walks of life, from all across the globe.

With the outpouring of such help and support from a world that no longer recognizes borders in times of calamity, of heroic acts of volunteerism and sacrifice, and even of small yet touching acts of kindness, the Filipino people is bound to pull through. After all, their resilience is unmatched…
…their fire to survive no matter what the odds cannot be quenched by any typhoon…
…their well of optimism goes deep…
…their faith is strong…
…their sense of humor even in difficult times is unparalleled…
…and their smiles are still among the best.

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Their flag may currently be worn and torn in some places, but they continue to raise it up.

As the world joins the country in clearing out the debris of the Haiyan aftermath…
…in rebuilding homes and lives…
…in contributing small acts of kindness that snowball to great change…
…and in lighting hope amidst darkness…
…the Filipino people will once again rise up, smiling.
Because typhoon or no typhoon…
…this people knows how to bear hardship and uphold incredible resilience in daily life.

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Such is the story of the Filipinos as a people, lived out in day-to-day battle, and only challenged and highlighted by the great tragedy that made the rest of the world shudder to even witness.

A happy-ever-after is not near in sight, and the story of the Filipino people’s recovery from the devastation brought by Supertyphoon Haiyan is far from over. But this story will not have to end in a tragic scene, either.

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The flattened cities in Central Philippines — in Leyte, Samar, and others — will rise up again. Their wiping out was catastrophic, but it brings the potential of a clean slate for a fresh start. Hope is not lost. Amidst all the rubble, the Filipino flag will continue to unfurl proud and strong, with no hesitation in its wave and no hiding of its sun…

For as beautiful and picturesque as its sunsets are, the Philippines’ sunrise is even more majestic. No matter how many earthquakes rock its beds and no matter how many typhoons lash out at it, every morning, the sun still rises to smile down on this country…

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…Or more probably, the sun only reflects the smile the Filipino people has for the world, every single time it rises to face another day.