Getting back to your roots
Filipinos are among the world’s first nationalities who now epitomize the term “global citizen” – leaving the homeland for greener pastures in faraway places. Once settled down in their newly-adopted foreign lands, however, the yearning-for-home passion suddenly ignites and burns fiercely deep inside their hearts. Except for a relatively few cases of migrants who completely cut off ties with the homeland, most Pinoys look forward to and yearn for the time when they would be able to “go home” and visit their place of birth. And touch base with relatives and old friends.
Filipinos abroad form into groups and associations which instantly provide ample support system for adjusting to living in a foreign land. Others move a step up further – they try to find ways on what they can do to help those left behind in their homeland.
Taclobanon friends now based in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California recently came back to Tacloban. Aside from the more trivial reasons for coming home, they came this time for a more noble cause: to help those in need of basic medical attention, specially those belonging to the poor sectors of the community.
With the help of local government entities and a medical volunteers group, the An Taclobanon Association of Southern California, headed by president Peter Caludac, conducted a medical mission July 2-4, 2008 at the Leyte SMED Gymnasium at the Capitol Grounds, Tacloban City.
We were there to document the affair.
- With additional photos by ludette ruiz
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