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In celebration of the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, the UP Resilience Institute presents “Kawayan”, a song that tells of how Filipinos should strive for “true resilience.”
Kawayan, the familiar plant or grass found in the Philippines, is known for its strength, flexibility, and durability, bending with the wind, but never breaking. Just like kawayan, the song tells of how we, Filipinos, are deeply rooted, able to prepare for what is to come (sa paghamon ng panahon, sumusulong, umaahon), willing to learn from past mistakes and grow beyond our limits (yumayabong, umaahon), however, refusing to fall to threats that can otherwise be prevented (ba’t patutumba pa rin?). Filipinos should not merely accept challenges and then rise from them, rather learn, adapt, and change to face the same challenges differently.