A silver lining from “Pablo”
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
It is always gratifying to hear reports about our country that assures us about the capacity of our people to overcome setbacks and tragedies that would have floored others of weaker heart.
One of such reports is that which announced that the Philippines had been given a major recognition known as the New Frontier award at the recent Arabian Travel Market, the premier travel and tourism exhibit of the Middle East.
According to Tourism sources, the Philippines was named, from ten nominees, and received the award together with New York and Pakistan. And they were not given for any single accomplishment of an individual or group, but for the country as a whole, for the way it had overcome adversity and recovered with renewed strength.
In the case of the Philippines, it was acknowledged for the way its people coped with the devastation wrought by Typhoon Pablo, where millions lost their homes and infrastructure and agricultural crops were destroyed.
For New York, it was for the way its people also managed to rebuild and recover from the terrible effects of Hurricane “Sandy” that the ATM awarded it. For Pakistan, the group expressed its admiration for the way its people hurdled the wreckage left by rampaging floods that hit the country in 2012.
Some officials believe, and we agree with them, that the award is a recognition of the resilience of local communities and their determination to rebuild, both their homes and their lives despite the seemingly insurmountable destruction they had gone through.
The tributes and honors that came with the award may not be as prestigious or well known as other international awards may be. But to our people, it is a heartening development that will keep us believing in ourselves as a people with an indomitable spirit and will to overcome adversities and, together, work on towards a more united and sharing members of our communities, and our country as a whole.*