The team that sent us down to the Visayas, Akbayanihan had sent down several volunteer groups soon after the Yolanda struck. They continue to work side by side with the locals to rebuild the communities.
Like the Boxing Day tsunami, Yolanda did not discriminate between locals and tourists as these photos of the Oriental Hotel outside of Tacloban City reveal.
Faced with isolation and starvation immediately after the storm, the people of the Visayas are eternally grateful for the aid they have received.
The Washing Dead
There was no peace from Yolanda’s storm surge for those buried in the cemetary next to the ocean. I would hate to have been the guy responsible for putting these bodies back.
Previously Leyte’s most infamous moment was when General MacArthur and the US Army reclaimed the island from the Japanese in 1944 during WW2.
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