The word Filipino evokes a history of resilience, of strength. It prompts images of people smiling amidst disaster: taking everything, including tragedy, with optimistic conviction. (…) To be Filipino, then, takes effort. Merely being born Filipino is not enough, as one has to prove his merit before acquiring this honor.

Even the most fantastic of novels could not escape the wrath of ‘Ondoy,’ book lover Jayme Gatbonton realized as she surveyed the damage that the epic flood inflicted in her neighborhood. (…) Lives and belongings have been lost to the unexpected deluge, forcing thousands of families to start their lives anew. With these tips, it is hoped that Jayme and her fellow book lovers will be ready to face this new challenge with their old friends in tow.

“Thank goodness we are all safe,” said the text message Army Corporal Adriano Regua never got to read. The officer, while attempting to rescue a fallen companion, was overpowered by rampaging flood waters a few hours earlier. (…) Despite the nightmare the nation’s capital experienced, a ray of hope exposed itself, as selflessness reigned amid the disaster.

Meet Wilson Nanawa (Joey Paras, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal) an assistant production designer who unwittingly walks into the maze that is the Philippine legal system. Gareth Pugeda (Jojit Lorenzo), the owner of the elusive “Last Supper No. 3,” leads him there. (…) It is a look at society and its imperfections without being too dark and depressing. It is a testament to the Filipino spirit, how one copes despite hardship and coming out triumphant in the end.


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