They said to pack light, bring extra batteries, a power bank for our phones, a flashlight, and even a sleeping bag because we might not have anywhere to sleep on some nights. Having had some experience as a mountaineer, I also brought along a first aid kit, a portable water filter, and some emergency food. They told us to be ready for anything.
We were not.
What we failed to prepare for was to be greeted with a distinctly recognizable display of Filipino hospitality, and the resilience of the human spirit.
At a glance, Yolanda-hit areas were still evidently devastated. Roads were passable, yes. But for the most part, Tacloban and Ormoc still looked war-torn. Piles upon piles of garbage still littered the…
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