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While visiting Bantayan in 2013, I accompanied my family to nearby Hilantagaan Island to survey the damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda, which had struck just a month prior.

As expected, the island was gutted, with countless homes destroyed. But people soldiered on. The public school, whose rehabilitation effort was the main purpose of our visit, was in especially bad shape. Yet despite the fact that the building was entirely uninhabitable, classes continued in tarp tents nearby.

I suppose when a loss is great enough, you really don’t have much choice but to go on.