Filipino humor persists in times of disaster

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Filipinos cope with disaster through various ways -- among them, finding an outlet via Facebook for irrepressible humor

"Despite the bad weather, the Filipino sense of humor is unparalleled." Photo from Lina Jobstreet Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – One of the best known traits of a Filipino, even during crisis situations, is humor.

After Typhoon Gener (international name Saola) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), it rained almost continuously since Monday afternoon, August 6, to Wednesday evening, August 7, bringing floods to the metro and nearby provinces. 

Despite the destruction left behind by the nonstop monsoon rain, Filipino humor could not be contained for long. Others resorted to prayer and prayer brigades.

Social media became a natural outlet for many who tried to make light of an otherwise dire situation. Call it survivors’ instincts or a coping mechanism, but Photoshopped photos and memes were shared on Facebook by Pinoys trying to make use of idle time or simply trying to have more fun.

Facebook user Jethro Daya even uploaded a video of kids having fun diving into the heavily flooded Quiapo underpass.

Here’s an initial compilation of what we found on social media. 

Ready for floods, anytime. Photo from Facebook

Indoor flood pool. Photo from Facebook

Swimming in the flood, more fun in the Philippines. Photo from Facebook

Swimming in the flood the Olympics way. Photo from Facebook


Nonstop rain? Unstoppable drinking. Photo from Facebook

No unstoppable monsoon can stop this men from enjoying a drink. Photo from Facebook

Submarine in the flood? Photo from Facebook

Dear Habagat. Photo from Facebook

 The floods can never break the Filipino Spirit, according to this photo.

"You can never break our smiles." Photo from Baha Ka Lang, Pilipino Ako Facebook page

"I'm OK!" Photo from Yhana Gabiano Facebook page

How are you coping with the effects of the monsoon rain? Leave a comment below. –

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