In November 2013, a then 9-year-old Gerald survived Typhoon Haiyan.
When it first struck, he was the one who shepherded his family to safety, evacuating them from their home to a nearby school, where they sheltered while the typhoon destroyed the area around them.
“The houses looked as if they were dancing in the wind before they collapsed and the winds were getting stronger and stronger. My father was blown from here to the church!"
Luckily, Gerald and his family were all ok. We're still in touch with Gerald and he's still the same bright, energetic force for good we met six years ago. He's thriving, still inseparable from his family – especially his sister. And he's also become a skilled surfer.