On November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Weeks later, the people of the Philippines are still in dire need of basic necessities such as clean water, food, and shelter.
Not long ago, I lived in the Philippines to work as a Training Manager in Manila. While there, I rediscovered my roots and come to love what it means to be Filipino. You see, I think the true meaning of giving upon yourself may have originated on the Philippine Islands.
I remember the first day I arrived in Manila. I thought I had packed everything in my suitcase - NOT! As fate would have it, I forgot my toothbrush back home in the United States. When my "tita" learned what happened, she immediately offered her toothbrush for me to use! I told her it was ok but she insisted so I asked what she would be using. She told me she can always share with her daughter. Keep in mind, the Philippines is a poor country yet the gesture she gave me said enough.