Accounts of Pinoy heroic deeds spread quickly on social media as fast as live and recorded videos and photos were uploaded when Taal Volcano erupted in Batangas province in the south of Manila over the weekend.
The eruption in the afternoon of January 12, 2020, also released dangerous ashes over a wide area from Batangas, Cavite all the way to Metro Manila and triggered earthquakes. People and animals needed to be evacuated, rescued, given food, clothes, and shelter. And Pinoys did not disappoint.
“Not all heroes wear Capes” were the keywords splashed all over social media feeds with images of people offering their homes to evacuees, helping with rescues, or sending donations.
Netizens captured photos of goodhearted people giving away free face masks, food, water, offered shelter, and even washed away ashes from cars fleeing affected areas.
Facebook user Karmela Dasig Ramos took a photo of this unidentified man wearing a face mask who is giving-away free face masks in front of SaveMore GMA.
There were photos of a man from Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas showering water on ash-covered cars passing by their house.
Mary Ann Mantuano paid tribute to her mother, a seamstress, who used her skills to help by stitching together face masks.
Cavite Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista posted an announcement saying that the Diocese of Imus is opening its churches to all the Taal Evacuees.
Social Media was also used by some De La Salle University-Dasmarinas community members to call out for some volunteers and donations. Alumna Naomi Obis posted on her Facebook account that her family will be going to Batangas to bring donations.
Nathalie Limbo and Kim Paras said they would be helping Philippine Red Cross Cavite Chapter in relief operations.
Some residents returned to Taal Volcano Island to rescue horses that survived the eruption. Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also came to provide food and veterinary care to animals.
Volunteers from Manila District Fire and Rescue saved not just residents but also dogs in Agoncillo town in Batangas.
Volunteers from Manila District Fire and Rescue saved not just residents but also dogs in Agoncillo town in Batangas. They are planning to name the dogs, Taal, Agoncillo and Tala. |
— skyianashipper (@skyianashipper_) January 14, 2020
Filipino bayanihan spirit was also recently witnessed at the 30th Southeast Asian Games when volunteers and organizations stepped up to help the country stage the biennial meet.
ABS-CBN Foundation went to Capiz after the typhoon struck the area during Christmas season and gave gifts to students and teachers and their celebrities like Maymay Entrata created Liter of light solar lamps to give to communities left without electricity.
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