With Calamity, Comes Solidarity A week after crazy Yolanda’s rage, I went home to Leyte for the sole purpose of bone crushing my entire family with the biggest hug my outstretched arms could make. Even after knowing theyre all fine, I couldn’t settle my nerves with mere words coming out from someone’s mouth telling me that everyone is safe. I longed to see for myself that my family is okay so I bought a ticket and sailed home.
As the boat neared the port of Ormoc City, the once green and lush mountains I always look forward to eeing, being that they served as my mark that the boat is about to dock, are now as brown and bare as a newborn Filipino baby. The once lively and exciting vibe I’d always get upon stepping foot on Ormoc’s land now turned to melancholy and desolation. Still, in the face of this bleak scenario, hopefulness seeped into my chest as I heard about the countries across the world scrambling to give aid to the Philippines.
My heart melted as I read about the six-year-old Japanese kid who donated his savings to the typhoon victims and the American kids selling lemonade ced tea to help typhoon families. To all the people who offered their time for the repacking of relief goods, all the sweat and muscle pain is worth the gratitude and smile of a Yolanda survivor. In times of greatest difficulty, there you will find the kindness of strangers, the solidarity amongst all the people in the world, and the best opportunity on how to be a significant human being.
The Philippines isn’t fine as of the moment but we, Filipinos, are admired for our resiliency so we’ll bounce back in no time. With all hese help pouring in from different directions, we can and we will rebuild what nature’s wrath has lain to waste. Elements of Good Writing: SPA SPA is an acronym that stands for subject, purpose, and audience – three of the most important elements of good writing.
You will find it easier to write if you have: a subject that you know well and understand, a clear purpose for writing, and an audience that you have identified. Subject In order to write well, it is helpful to choose a topic that interests you and that you know and understand. If you are assigned a subject, try to find an angle of that ubject that you find interesting and want to explore. Purpose To determine your purpose, you should ask yourself the question “Why am I writing? Purpose is the reason or reasons why a person composes a particular piece of writing. Focusing on purpose as one writes helps a person to know what form of writing to choose, how to focus and organize the writing, what kinds of evidence to cite, how formal or informal the writing style should be, and how much should be written. The eleven different types of purpose include the following: to express, to escribe, to explore/learn, to entertain, to inform, to explain, to argue, to persuade, to evaluate, to problem solve, and to mediate.
Audience An audience is a group of readers who reads a particular piece of writing. Our audience might be teachers, classmates, the president of an organization, the staff of a management company, or any other number of possibilities. Audiences come in all shapes and sizes. They may be a group of similar people or combinations of different groups of people. Writers need to determine who they are in order to analyze the audience and write effectively.