It continues to be such an honor to have been part of Team Rubicon’s “Operation Seabird” in the Philippines last November. Not only did I get to play a role in critical care for people in need alongside some of the finest professionals I’ve ever encountered–the work we did has led to an incredibly warm relationship with Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who have so warmly expressed their thanks to us for helping.
As part of this ongoing relationship, the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C., invited some of us to a Talakayan sa Pasuguan Townhall Meeting last Thursday, a program recognizing the contributions of American organizations that were on the ground quickly after Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda struck: the U.S. Marine Corps, Mammoth Medical Missions, and Team Rubicon. My team member Lourdes Tiglao gave an excellent talk on the work of Team Rubicon in those first days, and the evening was opened with a ribbon cutting to open the display of Team Rubicon photos, taken by Kirk Jackson and others, which will be on display in the embassy’s Romulo Hall until the end of January 2013.
It is no small thing to be thanked personally by Ambassador Cuisia for helping in the Philippines, nor is it any casual thing for so many people to thank us for helping as well. I am touched, and will always feel a strong connection to the Philippines. Wishing the people of the Philippines great support and success as they rebuild and recover from such devastation.
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