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Tacloban hobbles on road to recovery

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FOR SOME residents of Tacloban City, living in bunkhouses  built on dirt road  and where there is  no privacy is better than living on the streets and in darkness. RAFFY LERMA

Geraldine Glory, who is in full pregnancy, is having mixed emotions. She is excited to give birth to her second child but has not prepared anything for it. She also worries about the future of her growing family.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

After storm surge, a rush of romance

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COUPLE Ronnie Dumalo and Desiree Quinabato find romance in the middle of   destruction  in Tacloban City. JOEY GABIETA

He wooed her for a year, but she was not interested. Desiree Quinabato only gave Ronnie Dumalo a second look when he went out of his way to rescue her and her family during the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on Nov. 8.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

New boats become symbol of new day

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BENEFICIARIES, fishermen who lost their boats to Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” pose with the new boats they received under the Peter Project 2 program. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Fisherman Hermie Yusay had never looked beyond his day-to-day concern to feed his children from the pittance he would earn from work. A boat would rock him to change his outlook and plan for his dependents.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

In their sanctuary, storm evacuees won’t mind not seeing sea

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RITCHEL Ocampo (left) and Analyn Abia (right) and (from left) Ritchel’s son Rusty, Analyn’s nieces and nephew Alson Robienne, Jormel Robinson and Madison Kei. They survived “Yolanda” and have found sanctuary in a vastly different place. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

Gemmie Lyn Navarro and Baby June Cabacang have never felt any safer than in the past few days spent in the mountain resort city of Baguio, after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” flattened their homes and damaged their university in the Visayas a month ago.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Aklan: Survivors help fellow survivors

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Norma Esteban still has to clean up the debris of what remains of her house flattened by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” But on Thursday, she was at the Aklan Catholic College gymnasium in Kalibo town in Aklan province with other volunteers packing relief stocks for typhoon survivors.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

In Bayawan, vigilance follows tragedy

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RICE FIELDS of Barangay Malabugas in Bayawan City are underwater following three days of torrential monsoon rains in Negros Oriental, which isolated Bayawan City from the rest of the province and cut off communication lines with the rest of the world. Michael Ocampo / Contributor

Magdaleno Yunting Jr. could still not believe what happened. The 72-year-old man sat on a pile of concrete hollow blocks, staring at the mud that filled his house in Barangay Nangka in Bayawan City following a devastating flood that hit Negros Oriental on October 5.

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

What went wrong? Question lingers after the flooding

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As the people of Bayawan City in Negros Oriental gradually get on with their lives after about 80 percent of their farms and houses on the flatlands were flooded, they also begin to look for answers to the question: What went wrong?

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Donated bikes keep pupils in school

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WHILE DRIVING some tourists to Baclayon town in Bohol province in 2011, businessman Joel Uichico saw some children walking to school. How far did they walk just to get an education? he wondered.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Village waste facility produces fuel, fertilizer

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A village in Mandaue City in Cebu province has started converting plastic waste into bunker fuel. So far, Barangay Pagsabungan has produced 50 liters of bunker fuel since officials began to operate a plastic-processing machine in June at a facility on a 1,500-square-meter lot.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rizal’s impressions of the Visayas

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AN OLD photo of Calle Real in Iloilo City. Photo from www.philippineamericanwar.webs.com

National hero Jose Rizal kept a diary of his activities during his exile in Dapitan City in 1896 and even after leaving the place for Manila, passing by several key places in the Visayas in early August of that year.

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Sustainable tourism on ‘paradise islet’

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TOURISTS flock to Kalanggaman Island in Palompon town, Leyte, because of its powdery white-sand beach and pristine waters. Contributed Photo

One destination that is slowly gaining popularity among local and foreign tourists is Kalanggaman Island in Palompon town, Leyte.

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Families find it hard to move on

At least 50 people gather before the big cross in Barangay (village) Solonggon, La Libertad town, Negros Oriental, during the first anniversary of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit northern parts of the province on Feb. 6, 2012. John DX Lapid/Contributor

Cries resonated with the melodies as people sang in the valley where a small village used to be in La Libertad town in Negros Oriental.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Quake survivors still live in tents

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At least 38 families still live in tents in Guihulngan City National High School while waiting to be relocated by the city government. John DX Lapid/CONTRIBUTOR

For more than a year, Cristy Aba and her family have been living inside a tent in a school compound in Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental. Their house was destroyed on Feb. 6, 2012, when a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook seven towns and two cities in the province.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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