One of the commanders of the US Forces, US Marine Major John Orio, who is currently in the Philippines helping the international relief efforts for super typhoon Yolanda has experienced the Filipino hospitality during his visit to the the island of Manicani.
Major John Orio Receiving Gifts from Locals (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
The US Marine commander landed in Manicani island in Eastern Samar on November 16, 2013, the island is one of the affected areas in the Visayas by the most powerful typhoons ever recorded in history, according to the US Navy’s Joint Warning Center.
As soon as US Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts down his helicopter in the island of Manicani, the US forces was rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water the marines has flown in from mothership, USS George Washington aircraft carrier. US Marine Major John Orio from San Diego was given by the locals fresh coconut juice and a crab as a sign of the victims gratitude towards the officer.
The US Marines were touched with the gestures extended by the locals in Manicani islands because they were just expecting to help the people affected by the typhoon but they were surprised with the kind of hospitality shown to them by the victims.
US Marine Major John Orio is just one of the commanders who flew into isolated islands and places devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, he was accompanied by local Navy officers in the relief efforts of the US government through their “Operation Damayan.”
Here’s some photos of US Marine Major John Orio: (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)