A Channel 4 reporter said it last night: the most remarkable thing is "their astonishing cheerfulness".
It accords with the happy stoicism of Filipinos I've met in my travels, and you can verify it with your own eyes and ears on every news report. What makes a people so upbeat in the face of such devastation ? What is the source of such amazing morale ?
While we ponder this miracle of human fortitude, here's the DEC site for a practical response.