Saturday, November 30, 2013

BANGON ALBUERA!

#BANGON ALBUERA!
Stories of hope, faith and survival 
during typhoon Yolanda's aftermath
by Ivan Ignacio


I thought that scenes where you can see planes from the Air Force, ships from our (and other countries') Navy, and army trucks pass by every twenty or so minutes can only be seen in war movies until our boat landed in Ormoc City, Leyte. It was not the city I knew anymore. Establishments with damaged roof (some with no roof at all), electric posts and trees were either bent or lying on the ground, shards of broken glasses were scattered everywhere. The once lush green mountains and hills were now as dull as ever. And the people? They were trying to pick up the pieces from what was left of their properties, and their lives. All of these were compressed in a vast sight of a sorrowful town. It was like depicting a vulnerable harrowing work of art. The moment we stepped on that port, everything - the news, the pictures and videos circulating in different media, the stories - felt surreal.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Albuera, Leyte


I thought that scenes where you can see planes from the Air Force, ships from our (and other countries') Navy, and army trucks pass by every twenty or so minutes can only be seen in war movies until our boat landed in Ormoc City, Leyte. It was not the city I knew anymore. Establishments with damaged roof (some with no roof at all), electric posts and trees were either bent or lying on the ground, shards of broken glasses scattered everywhere. The once lush green mountains and hills were now as dull as ever. And the people? They were now trying to pick up the pieces from what was left of their properties, and their lives...


pictures from Albuera, Leyte after the super typhoon Yolanda: