Pinoys and calamities
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The powerful earthquake that shook several parts of the Visayas, with Bohol and Cebu provinces bearing the brunt of its strength, has wrecked much more than the buildings that it had left in rubbles.
Aside from the lives it also claimed, that, as of yesterday had been reported to have gone beyond the count of 150 already, the temblor had also left a lot of damage to the tourism efforts of the country, in which these two hard-hit provinces were among the leaders.
We have all seen or heard about the popularity of Bohol and Cebu, which are among the cities and provinces of the Philippines that have been leading in the plans of foreign visitors who come to the country. Even among the locals, many have visited them, or have been planning to see what they have to offer.
This, alas, has been affected by the recent quake that flattened many of the places worth seeing, and especially the historic old churches that did not only bear very interesting histories, but had also been built with the type of architectural plans no longer seen today.
We believe it is only realistic to admit that it may take some time before these places, especially because of the funding that they will require, can be rebuilt. As of the moment, government will certainly prioritize the rehabilitation of the homes and facilities of the people, the residences and establishments that will cater to their needs.
But we can be sure that attention will soon be given to those tourism attractions because they can be the lifeblood of the local governments hosting them. And we also know that our people have the capacity to bounce back from any setback, and, with typical faith, and, yes, also fatalism, that have characterized their lives, will surely do their part in this rebuilding and rehabilitation that could bring them back to their old lives, or to even better existence.*