There is good news for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan after so much misery and suffering since the typhoon destroyed the city of Tacloban on November 8, 2013. Today sources in the Philippines have reported that 49 villages have had power restored just days before Christmas. Although the majority of the villages will still face a dark Christmas; thankfully, there will be light for those few who have had power restored.
Professor Leonora Angeles sent an email to the present writer from the islands as she has been working to help in the aftermath of the store. Angeles was in Bulacan on December 22, 2013, and was about to leave for the airport in Manila. She is the Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Christmas has always filled the City of Tacloban with Christmas lights. Angeles was heading for the Centre for Human Settlements in Vancouver, British Columbia and has promised to provide the reporter with an update on the progress that is taking place after the storm.
Like the people in the fictional Christmas classic town of Whoville, the people in Tacloban City are not allowing to darkness to steal Christmas. They are singing by candle light. The spirit of Christmas is still there even in the dark places.
The writer spent Christmas of 1984 in the city of Bamako, Mali, West Africa, and celebrated Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of Bamako. Although many villages around Bamako were in the dark, the celebration of Christmas Eve, December 24, 1984, was filled with joy and happiness in a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The same spirit that allowed people to celebrate on the dark streets of Bamako is still alive on the streets of Tacloban City tonight and tomorrow night. Over 6,009 people lost their lives in Typhoon Haiyan.
Examiner.com will report on the findings of Professor Angeles in the week ahead.