November 15th, 2013
10:04 PM ET

Finding strength after the storm

So many people in the Philippines must now pick up the shattered pieces of their lives, and move forward without their lost friends and loved ones. Throughout these tough days, they haven’t  given up. Their strength is incredible. Here’s Anderson’s Reporter Notebook.

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  1. Maggie S.

    Anderson, you are heaven sent to the Filipino people! Your bravery and determination paid off – giving the whole world the first hand picture of the horrific damage this super typhoon brought to the Philippines. You will be remembered warmly forever in the hearts of the Filipinos. Thank you, thank you so much!

    November 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  2. Cheritat Dolores

    Thank you Mr. Cooper for the reality and that the whole world understand the situation in the Philippines. Reality hurts but we admit that government will not there to help us.Thanks for your kindness and hope you continue your job and love the people ..with à lot of respect.

    November 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  3. Jojin

    Mr. Cooper,

    It's been a long time coming..... that the world should see how Philippine government officials have been conducting themselves in ruling the country. I have been desensitized of the country's political rough and tumble manner of governmen,t decades ago and that is the main reason why my family migrated here in the US. It is the same reason why Filipinos leave their country and families behind so they can provide food on the table and better houses to live in.
    Mr. Cooper, now that you have been appointed as Ambassador to the Philippines and have experienced first hand how the Filipino people are: strong, resilient and uncomplaining, I think you are heaver-sent to us!!! And a watchdog to our officials so they will be walking on a tightrope in everything that they do, official and personal affairs. Corruption is sssoooooo rampant in all levels of government and it has become too ingrained in our society that it has becomes the accepted normal!!! So if you can't beat it, leave or you get ravaged by it like what Yolanda did to the country. Again, Mr. Cooper it has been a long time coming.....

    November 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Bel Reyes

    Thank you very much, Anderson, from the bottom of our hearts (Filipinos). I've read and watched all your coverage on Typhoon Haiyan. You just don't realize how your coverage captured the world's attention, and in return, reinforced the global community to help and act fast. May you be showered with more blessings. Here's hoping you keep broadcasting until your old (I can't say grey, because you have that already, lol).. until the next generations to come. Great job!!

    November 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  5. Amy

    I do not trust our own government in the Philippines. I worry of the donations from different countries. Politicians steal the money of the people. I feel for the victims. The poor become more poorer and the rich become more richer. These Filipino policians believe they are powerful and untouchable. I wish one day they will stand in trial and be held accountable.

    November 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Jimmy Chang

    Dear Mr. Anderson Cooper

    First of all I would like to say "THANK YOU" for risking your life to report the real situation on Yolandas victim in the Philippines, and also I am so sorry to say that our government did no act as what they are supposed to act, during a time like yolanda, with out your report the world will not come to know the real picture out there.

    I hope that you will continue to serve the whole world the honesty of reporting. Thank You Sir nd May God Bless You always. You are the bravest journalist I have ever known

    November 18, 2013 at 3:45 am |
  7. Jai Fernandez

    Dear Mr. Cooper, Thank you so much for everything you have done for my country. You may not have known it, but it is truly because of your coverage that relief efforts were reinforced as they are. Without the scrutiny of your reporting, relief operations will probably be even MORE sluggish than what you have seen. Before you came, the government was angry at the local govt units for being unprepared. TV news reports showed those in government making 'threats' saying whoever was in-charge would be 'dealt with' after. This was delivered in tagalog a day or two after the storm hit. This was the theme of reporting until your group came. The Philippines has a rich recent history regarding PAGASA, the govt weather bureau, criticisms on not having modern equipments, underpaid employees – its common knowledge. Though we are frequented by 19-22 typhoons a year, no doppler radar was in the Philippines prior to 2010. The destruction in Leyte may have been due partially to this, but what angered a lot of Filipinos were previous initial reports saying only those families 'with houses made of light materials' near the shore were told to evacuate and that even some of the evacuation centers collapsed. Its only been a week since that dreadful day – but it feels like it's been a month's worth of discussion. Again, thank you so much for taking time to cover this.

    November 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  8. Remy

    Just want to thank you for your immediate response to let the whole world see what happened to my dear Filipino people who had been hit not once, twice but three times in a matter of months. Filipinos are strong and hopeful and with strong Faith from ABOVE. I can't thank you enough and the whole United States for all the help rendered to my fellow Filipino. God Bless and Keep up the Good Work.

    November 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
  9. Arlene Mosny

    Anderson Cooper, I appreciate what you do, and I have great respect and admiration for your zeal and tenacity in good reporting. You show and tell the world the story with great accuracy. I am even more appreciative of the work you did for my country and for my countrymen in the Philippines. The stories you've told, the videos you've taken are painful and numbing, but these are best material that every filipino here abroad could have only to get a glimpse of massive calamity- Haiyan. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for us filipinos and for being there, i know it was not easy on your part. Continue the good work, God bless you in all that you do.

    November 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  10. Elvie Johnson

    Thank you for waking up our Government and through your report, more Nations offered their help to our Fellowmen!!..I am a Filipino and I am so PROUD of what you did!!

    November 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  11. Elvie Johnson

    I just want Mr Anderson know that Filipinos appreciate what he did in Tacloban and love him d.!! He is in every Facebook ..Thank you so much for your report..

    November 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  12. Linda Manning

    Mr Anderson Cooper;
    On behalf of all the Filipinos all over the world, we would like to thank you for giving and sharing us all the information and events in the Philippines. I wish that the Philippine government would reconsider in having the military bases (Armed Forces) back in the country. Economy was much better and most everyone had a job. I always felt safer when the US Armed Forces where there. Hope to hear from you. God bless you and your family..Again, we THANK YOU!!!

    November 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  13. Ariel Canonizado

    Disasters do not break the Filipino spirit, they make it stronger....

    November 17, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  14. Jona Javellana

    Thank you for visiting the Philippines and covering the aftermath of Yolanda.

    November 17, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  15. Jennifer Topacio

    Thank you Anderson for showing us the truth and sharing a balance non viased reporting for the truth to come out ! Thank you for caring to our Filipino families devasted by Yolanda .

    November 17, 2013 at 6:28 am |
  16. Cici

    Anderson, May God bless you and protect you for all your hard work you are doing in the Phillipines, May God protect all the people helping there too.

    November 17, 2013 at 4:28 am |
  17. Rosalie

    Thank you Anderson for this touching message. Thank you my fellow countrymen who survived and experienced this calamity, you show to the world the real survivor and thank you to all countries and people who help Philippines. May GOD continue to comfort and heal your broken hearts mga kababayan....

    November 17, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  18. louise

    This sums it all. For what the Filipino strength spirit is all about. But, most of all, humility. Humility among people regardless of race and status. Thank you Mr. Cooper for giving accurate details and fair journalism. We deeply appreciate what you have done for our country. Thank you for giving us more hope and strength through this short video and for sharing and inspiring it to the whole world. God bless.

    November 17, 2013 at 2:19 am |
  19. diossie

    Thank you Anderson Cooper for being an inspiration to all the people of the Phils.. Your show AC360 have helped a lot of victims of Typhoon Haiyan to get the help they need.

    November 17, 2013 at 1:47 am |
  20. Nancy

    The Filipinos will forever be grateful to you. Much thanks, Anderson.

    November 17, 2013 at 1:27 am |
  21. bernadeth

    to mr. Anderson thank you so much for reporting the true happen to the people in leyte with out you we cannot see the truth, because the government of the philippines is very slow to respond to the victim of super typhoon yolanda. Thank you so much to your help to our country. Thank you so much.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:56 am |
  22. Robert Lizada

    Thank you for seeing beyond the chaos . You coverage awakened us all to reality and moved us to help concretely those affected by the fury of super typhoon Yolanda . Your words are the silver linings after the storm to us Filipinos.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:52 am |
  23. Noel Dalena

    I could not help but to shed tears seeing those people devastated by typhoon HAIYAN, they are my countryment, the unfathomable destruction casued, ruined lives and washed hopes. I must say that due to your coverage headed by your anchors specially ANDERSON COOPER is amazing. Due to your coverage, scenes that would have never been seen was brought that touched lives of many all over the world. Due to your coverage, my country the Philippines has been showered with assistance, money, goods, equpment and services to name a few. Due to your coverage and honest opinions, our government has stepped up its efforts in getting the help that was mostly need for those who are in need. You coverage has definitely saved thousands of lives direct and indirectly. Thank you so much. On behalf of all the Citizens of Philippines, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your staff. You words in TAGALOG has deeply touched the hearts of many Filipinos. I wish and pray for you and your staff, good health and safe reporting.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:38 am |
  24. Jasmin P.

    Dear Anderson,
    You made me cry listening to what you said about the Filipinos- their strength and determination to carry on inspite of the odds against them is really true. I am a Filipino myself so I can speak with authority. Looking back I realized it is because we Filipinos have no one to depend on, so we learned to fend for ourselves. We don't have a strong Govt which can provide the basic services and level the playing field for a Filipino to get a fighting chance to rise up. I remember my parents working day and night to send me to school so I can have a better life than what they have. My parents never had the support of the Govt in my schooling. It is in our DNA to endure and prevail. You are so right when you said "woods and bones can be broken" but not the spirit and resilience of the Filipinos. Where it is coming from? It is from a deep faith in God that everything we can endure because in the end God's promise will come and all suffering will be taken away. From a fellow New Yorker, thank you for showing to the world the strength and enduring faith of the Filipinos. You made me feel proud of being a Filipino. God Bless you and keep you safe as you fulfill your a God given destiny.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:16 am |
  25. Robert Applegate

    If any one reads this you may want to ask why it has taken a week to get the USNS Mercy on possible orders to the Philipines. Also, when news agencies are still reporting sick and injured not being cared for, why are federal disaster mdical teams being kept home?

    November 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  26. ermentrude

    Is there any way you can direct that woman who is staying with the decomposing bodies of three of her children, with the other three missing, to a place where she can contribute, after their bodies are collected? Taking her dishes with her? Otherwise, I fear she may just disappear. And no one will notice.

    November 16, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
  27. Frank Hanrath

    Dear anderson Cooper, Alway like your perspective, but please walk a careful balance on the the Phil/Visayan disaster.
    There is obvious politics involved. Sic as that may be. Imelda Marcos and offspring trying to damage Aquino and vice versa.
    Solita Monsod (ex sec. NEDA) had a clear article in the Saturday edition of the national Inquirer on the government action immediately after the typhoon hit. No small matter given the magnitude of the impact. Of course the Phils is a poor country and does not have the capabilities to set up air traffic control in 48 hours and produce heavy equipment in a location where all, already limited equipment was destroyed. Let's keep things possitive. Many media are now stuck on reporting what it was like in the first week. Negative sensation we do not need, We need to look forward,

    November 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
  28. Neil Lacandula

    Thank you very much Mr. Cooper for your accurate reporting of the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It kept me informed about what is happening with the relief/rescue efforts(or lack thereof) by the Philippine government. You opened the channels for international humanitarian aid and for the world to see the devastation and the dire needs of the people. Thanks also to CNN for the coverage. Maraming salamat Anderson!
    –Neil Lacandula- Boston, MA(originally from Cebu City, Philippines)

    November 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  29. charles green

    I have asked the ph red cross to the possibility of using surplus cargo containers for quick, adaptable,transportable housing units. they are water and wind resistant,and many are insulated. They can be stacked for small areas. I hope there is someone out there that can make it happen. I was in mobile housing most of my life it will work great.

    November 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
  30. Gina

    Thank you Mr. Anderson for telling the truth about Philippines. I hope all the money from all over the world would go to the poor people of Tacloban not the GOVERNMENT's POCKET. Third World War country is so Corrupt especially President AQUINO

    November 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
  31. Terry

    THANK YOU sooo much Mr. Cooper for a no non-sense unbiased reporting of the tragedy that struck my homeland. Thank you for calling out those government officials who were only giving the victims lip service. With such huge sums of aid in the form of money...i hope all of it reaches its destination and used for its purpose...and hopefully these SOBs in government does not line their pockets with it. MABUHAY KA Anderson Cooper for being more of a filipino than those in the government of the Philippines (and their wives!!!)

    November 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm |

    Dear Mr. Anderson
    on behalf of my nation I Thank you for all what you do to our country. thank you for the waking up the government even they keep on denying that they don't have the control in the situation. thank you for telling the world we need help. thank you sir keep up the incredible help be the voice of the people in the Philippines.

    November 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
  33. Robert

    Anderson Coopers Reporting of the Philippines Typhoon crisis is spot on (Candid American style!), It seems that most survivors and average Filipino's appreciate his frankness. It must be refreshing to them.

    In context of this issue I think it is very important to note the following:

    This country is ranked (Only Iraq is more dangerous!!!) as the 2nd most dangerous country in the world for journalist! Local reporters need to tread lightly or it could be very dangerous!

    Please dovetail this into on of your CNN reports for the sake of your Filipino counterparts and in honor of those whom made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out their profession.

    November 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  34. Myeth Ong

    The pinot not easy to surrender but most become stronger fighting all circumstances comes in our life! As a Filipino we believe in God will provides and He never lives us nor forsake us!

    November 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  35. Maria Castano

    Thank you Anderson Cooper…..my heart is bleeding and yet it is still filled with so much pride and love to the people of Leyte.I hope someday you will come back and visit us….and enjoy the beauty in times of prosperity. I love you and you are my hero.

    November 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  36. Tony P

    Thank you, AC. Your team's efforts this past week is exactly what the People needs after 45 years of neglect by its own government due to systemic political corruptions. We're bless to have you in our living room to tell the real stories. Keep up the great work as your team impacts the responses from the international community.

    November 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  37. Je Sanjongco

    "Plight of the bamboo" a poem that best describes a Filipino trait, in times of disaster, calamity, obstacles, hurdles, misfortunes, the bamboo will bend almost to the ground BUT IT WILL RISE UP AGAIN..we learn this in our elementary years. Many thanks Mr. Anderson for coming to the Philippines and show the world what 's really happening there . We will survive with all the help of the community of all nations who come in to help. Alone we cannot make it..I thank God for all the help of everyone...May God bless us all and may Peace and Love reign in all our hearts ....

    November 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

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