Words by Christopher Kho
In a span of just 72 hours, non-stop heavy rain showers left 90% of Metro Manila under water, more than a million families homeless, and almost 100 people dead. Though some might argue that it's not as bad as Ondoy, it's definitely something we'd rather leave in the past. And because it was brought about by the southwest monsoon rather than a typhoon, this calamity will forever be unnamed and can only be referred to as the 6th to 8th of August, 2012.
But as the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Thousands of Filipinos mobilized relief efforts within hours as soon as the floodwaters began rising. Aid in the form of rescuing, shelter, and basic commodities came from different parts of the country and the globe. Two of these donors were Honda Foundation Inc. - made up of the Honda group of companies in the Philippines - and its parent company, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. based in Tokyo, Japan.