A Photojournalist’s ‘Yolanda’ Experience


by Harmony Valdoz |

For fifteen days, a makeshift mat of carton on the floor of a storm-ravaged hotel in Tacloban served as the bed for Rene Dilan, chief photographer of The Manila Times. It was a week after Yolanda struck parts of Visayas, and to head to the area of destruction was what he had to do for his job.

For those of us who live hundreds of miles away and were spared of the typhoon’s wrath, the most powerful way we have felt its magnitude without actually experiencing it is through media; through video footages and pictures – through cameras. But the unsung heroes behind these photographs have a thousand words to tell, too.

1 Destruction left by Typhoon Yolanda | Photo by Rene Dilan

Dilan is no stranger to challenging coverages. To name a few, he has seen the aftermath of the deluge in Real, Infanta, and General…

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