The year 2013 has been a challenging year to my homeland. As if the recently exposed case of graft and corruption widely known as Napoles case in the Philippines is not enough, series of fortuitous events put our country in a difficult situation. The earthquake in Bohol destroyed some of the oldest churches we have and took the lives of a lot of Boholanos and perhaps the worst typhoon in the history of the Philippines almost wiped out Tacloban in the map with 2013 super typhoon Yolanda aka as Haiyan internationally.
What these unfortunate events brought us are people sending their love all over the world. It was heart warming enough to keep the Filipino spirit alive. And so despite the hardships, I would like to welcome 2014 with even greater hope towards the healing of our nation.
May the blessings of the Lord shower upon us this 2014. As the Korean way to say it:
새해 (sae hae) – New Year
복 (bok) – blessings
많이(manhi) – many
받으세요 (padeuseyo) – receive