I read a short story called Remains by Daryll Delgado on Words Without Borders. It’s about a guy who is on a helicopter to the remains of a city soon after a terrible typhoon devasted this once amazing city. It talks about how when this guy pasts this town in the helicopter he sees the remains and tries to picture the town when he grew up in it. it sends him into a few flashbacks of the town with his family. In the end, he starts writing a list of what he sees, and it is really depressing.
This story had very good word choice and imagery in it. In the story, it said “festering city, prostrate on the island’s narrow tip. The once-green island looked like an enormous animal carcass, jutting out from the sea.” I thought this really had some good word choice it helped us imagine what the devasted city looked like. it also said “blue-green-yellow-red swirls around a black dot of an eye. A perfect storm, they say, and the tiny city right in the eye of it.” This helped us imagine how this small town was in the middle of the storm and was completely devastated by the storm because it was in the middle of it.
This story had good use of syntax and it was very interesting to me. In the story, it said, “Meanwhile, to the extent that I could see, ground zero, as they’ve been calling the city, looked drained of color entirely.” this syntax really made the story a little different, it added to the understanding of the story. It helps us know how the city was in the center of the storm and due to the storm it looked depressed and drained of color.
What I learned from this story is that typhoons and hurricanes can really devastate cities and towns. In the story, it talks about how this town was one of the bigger towns and after the storm, this city was in the middle and was completely devastated. The main character talks about how in his childhood thier were all things fun wonders and things to do yet now while he’s flying over he’s trying to picture places he had been but all he could see was the remains of the town and not many anything that looked familiar. when they land and he sees what’s happening in the town it’s really depressing and sad for what happened to the people who lived thier and now have no home.
I didn’t learn much about the culture of the Philippines but I learned that in countries like the Philippines typhoons can have huge devastation on thier cities. especially those close to the ocean that get hit while the typhoons are at the peak it leaves cities that have been thier for generations destroyed in one night.
The New article title is ‘Within Seconds Everything Was Gone’: Devastating Floods Submerge the Philippines it came from the New York Times and was written by Jason Gutierrez. The article is about how a typhoon devasted certain places in the Philippines. The locals haven’t seen storms like this in at least 50 years and many people lost loved ones. but they are trying thier hardest to find everyone they can and save as many lives as possible. It also explains how some residents don’t have sufficient enough funds to evacuate during typhoon season and must live through the storms.
An issue that this article shows is how when typhoon season comes around not everyone can evacuate and they have to wait out the storm on thier roofs. but when the floods come they cant get down from the roofs and have to rely on helicopters to pick them up. The Philippines are hit very hard with typhoons every year. In the article it says “ Those who can, evacuate. Those who can’t, prepare as best they can.” this quote shows how some evacuate but those who cant prepare the best they can but what if thier best isn’t enough for bad typhoons. In the Philippines the typoons can be very bad and the residents try thier best to prepare but when that’s not enough thier homes and some lives are lost. But by reading the article it makes it sound like because this happens every year the fillipino people are used to it and its a common thing. even though the people are used to it they should try harder to get more people evacuated in order to save more lives.
in the Philippines, the population is 109 million and there are roughly 7,000 islands in the Philippines but most of the population lives in 11 of them. The capital is Manila with a population of 1.6 million and the biggest city is Quezon city with 2.7 million people. there are many fun museums you can visit in manilla including Lakbay Museo which is a fun interactive museum where you can see and try things that are common in the country. the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English but during the colonial rule, the official language was Spanish due to Spanish rule in the Philippines. 16.6% of the Philippines population lives under the national poverty line. the most dominant religion is Christian and an interesting fact is they are one of the few mostly Christian countries in Asia. on June 12 the Philippines celebrate Araw ng Kalayaan (Day of Freedom), which celebrates when they got independence from spain in 1898.
I choose the Philippines because I think the county is pretty cool and seems like a good vacation spot and would be an interesting place to visit. I would like to learn more about its culture and history
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