Photo of the week 2014 – Week 25

Everyone stopped what they were doing to take in the moment. The sun was setting in Moalboal on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, and all the locals appreciated the natural beauty, the quiet solitude it brought.

Consider this was two days after Typhoon Hayian ravaged the country, the world’s strongest typhoon recorded for the last 50 years, and the day after a secondary typhoon was supposed to hit, you could understand why the locals were contemplative, even thankful to see something that was so common to them.

As I sat watching the sunset and the kids play in the lengthening shadows, I spoke to a local shop owner, Tan. He said to me: “Today we are happy to watch the sunset. Everyone has been nervous that another typhoon would hit Moalboal, but thank God it hasn’t happened. Today is a good day; this is a good moment.”

After that, we sat there in silence, almost in quiet prayer to be spared another test just a day after the first one.

With the final rays of light, everyone dispersed to finish up their days. For some, that was to shut their shop and go home to their families. For others, it was to go to the bars and restaurants and prepare for the evening ahead.

For me, it was to be thankful that everything was alright in the Philippines, as if the setting sun was an indicator that despite everything that had go on just days prior, everything would work out, that the shoots of recovery were already starting to sprout…