Donna and Ferlyn came to me with wire artwork called Ompong tree.
They two are the foreign teachers of our school and have been teaching oral English for 3 years and loved by our kids.
They came back from home and presented the "tree" to me and described the story.
The art piece is created by their very own local artist which is made by their cousin in their very hometown. It was inspired by the devastation of the recent typhoon Ompong, an extremely powerful tropical cyclone that hit and swept and caused widespread damage in the Philippines last September 2018. Despite the lack of electricity and scary strong winds that shook the trees, the artist found beauty with it and started making miniature trees resembling that of the trees being blown. It was appreciated by his mother and then soon had been resourceful to provide dencent materials to make more. Soon after it took the attention of the leaders in the community and the Mayor to promote the said art piece. His works were soon presented to public officials and exhibited on the City's Flower Festival. This tree represents the resilience of the community that even though there were hurricanes that hit us and took away mining as their main livelihood there is always hope. It is very close to their hearts and is very fitting as a parting gift to their friend, William Yan.
What a story and I thanked them for the present representing their determination and tenacity. I promised them I would do some donations. So books ,Travels With My Umbrella, written by me and a few pretty school uniforms will be taken to Philippines by them two.
I surfed the internet and found the following.
VOA, Sep. 17, 2018
Super Typhoon Mangkhut to Hit Philippines, Southeast Asia
As the United States prepares for Hurricane Florence, an even bigger ocean storm, Super Typhoon Mangkhut, is set to hit Southeast Asia.
The storm also threatens the Philippines and Hong Kong.
The super typhoon, known as Ompong in the Philippines, has winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour. That is considered a category 5 hurricane in North America, the most severe level.
More than 4 million Filipinos live in areas the storm could affect. Emergency officials say nearly 48,000 houses in high-risk areas are made of light materials and could be damaged by the powerful winds.
Experts say Super Typhoon Mangkhut could cause landslides and flooding across the northern Philippine island of Luzon.
The super typhoon is expected to reach the Philippines Saturday at the start of the harvest season in Luzon. The island is a major agricultural producer and farmers are trying to save what they can of their crops.
Mangkhut already has hit the U.S.-island territory of Guam.
The Pacific Daily News reported the storm flooded streets, brought down trees and cut electrical service. About 80 percent of the island was without power but service restarted by Thursday morning.
Mangkhut is the 15th storm to hit the Philippines and the most powerful to hit Asia this year. Last week, Typhoon Jebi struck Japan killing more than 10 people.
I’m Jonathan Evans. (quoted from VOA-Sep.17,2018)