Faith is power source of Pinoy resiliency – priest

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Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, gives a briefing about the ongoing Yolanda commemoration exhibit entitled "Faith, Hope, and Caritas" at the Ayala Center in Cebu City, which showcases the resiliency of the typhoon survivors through livelihood products they made like handwoven bags and accessories, slippers, and necklaces. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

CEBU City, Nov. 6, 2015 – What really gives Pinoys the strength to keep on getting back up? During an event to commemorate the second year after super typhoon Yolanda struck regions in the country, a priest says it’s nothing but faith.

“We treasure our faith as the power source of Filipino resiliency. This is the reason why we chose Cebu to host this year’s commemoration,” stressed Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, in an interview.

According to the priest, it is time to look to the nation’s Yolanda experience as a story of recovery and hope, and as the triumph of the indomitable Filipino spirit and faith, rather than of tragedy and helplessness.

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“This is a cause for celebration,” he added.

Gariguez who is at the forefront of the Church in the Philippines’ social action initiatives has lauded survivors for their ability to rise again from the seeming hopelessness caused by “Yolanda” (International name: “Haiyan”).

“Two years after Haiyan, I still have the deepest respect for them. I continue to marvel at their strength of spirit in the face of apparent hardships,”


The priest is in Cebu City to take part in the two-day Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Summit, which commemorates second anniversary of the disaster.

“Aside from being one of the areas worst-hit by the typhoon, it is also the seat of Christianity in the country,” he said.

Also in the event are representatives of Caritas member-organizations from different counties, Diocesan Social Action Centers (DSAC) from the areas worst-hit by Yolanda, concerned government agencies, and typhoon survivors. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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