AFTER THE STORM – A Shark’s Tail

by marco | 3rd November 2014

from Philippine Dive Holidays

To coincide with the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, (locally known as Yolanda)
After the Storm – A Shark’s Tail is now released for independent viewing.

On November 8th 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the worlds most powerful storm, swept through a narrow corridor of the central part of the Philippines destroying everything in it’s path and killing thousands of people.

One place devastated by Haiyan was Malapascua, a small, beautiful tropical island just off the north coast of Cebu. Almost every timber framed house and tree were completely destroyed in the space of just a few hours, leaving the islands community stranded from aid and any form of communication for days to come.

Malapascua is world renowned in the scuba diving community for being the only place in the world where the Pelagic Thresher Shark can be seen virtually every day on a sunken Island, known as Monad Shoal, they rise from deep water in the early morning to be cleaned by small cleaner fish.

It is because of this phenomenon that Malapascua has been transformed over the last decade to become one of the top dive destinations of the Philippines. Thousands of divers come to Malapascua every year to see the Thresher Sharks and to experience the laid back feel of this picture perfect tropical paradise.

Traditionally Islanders would rely on fishing and agriculture for survival, but since tourism has become so popular, hundreds are now employed in Dive Centres, Resorts and transportation, giving a huge boost to the local economy and the opportunity to prosper.

Typhoon Haiyan threatened the islands very survival.

After the Storm – A Shark’s Tail is a story of a Dive Guide, Ronel, who works for Malapascua Exotic Beach and Dive Resort. Like so many other people on the Island, tourism supports him and his family, without his job as a dive guide he would have to leave the island to gain work elsewhere.

Typhoon Haiyan was so powerful it devastated the island, but what damage had been done to the reefs and would the sharks still come to Monad Shoal? The story follows Ronel and how the uncertainty to the islanders livelihood unravels as the reefs are explored after the storm.

Fortunately this is a story with a mostly happy ending as the storm did not damage all the reefs and the thresher sharks continue to come to Monad Shoal every day. What Malapascua needs now are the dive tourists to return.

After the storm – A Shark’s Tail has been entered into film Festivals across the globe; including festivals in San Francisco, New York, London, Kuala Lumpa, Madrid, Barcelona, Cannes, Nevada, Belgrade, Berlin, Amsterdam, Byron Bay, Vancouver, Colorado & Tokyo.

After the storm – A Shark’s Tail has already won the ‘Special Jury Award’ in the 2014 Yosemite International Film Festival.

For further information please contact the producers:
Marco Biemann:
Tel no. +63 917 545 0924
Tony Exall:
Tel no. +44 7825 881609

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On November 8 let us remember the day when our country suffered the devastating impacts of typhoon Yolanda while the whole world sat to witness. The typhoon took along with it our sisters and brothers’ homes, livelihood, and the lives of their beloved.


But what the typhoon did not take is our ability to see through the challenge an opportunity to help and support those who are in need and the dignity to stand tall and demand accountability from those who have contributed to such a scale of devastation.

A year has passed and yet communities are still in misery. The government has failed in ensuring people’s participation in its rehabilitation plans and to deliver climate-resilient programs in building back better.

With this let us join hands in solidarity with the people who are still struggling after the typhoon and together HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE for its unpreparedness and for…

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YOLANDA (11 photos that i took that shook me)



(1)This was the Monday after Yolanda, Exodus started.

it has been a year since Yolanda hit Tacloban. Many things have already changed. Some of the street lights are up. There are new establishments at Burgos St. The city seems alive again. But as I walk through out the city, it is clear that the wounds of the people are still healing. You could still feel the anger and the disappointment the people are having towards the government. One lady said that people here are just too patient but I totally disagree. People just got tired of waiting and moved on in their own little ways. Good thing there were NGOs that were willing to help the wounded and the broken. (Thank you)

I show you these pictures so that we remember what f*cked up shiznik we’ve been through and to thank the Lord that we are still alive and well…

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Remembering Yolanda


Opinion Mashup

It is now exactly a year after that horrific calamity that was Yolanda.

The Catholic bishops have called for prayers on this day each year so that we continue to remember the great human toll the mighty typhoon took — and the great misery aggravated by incompetent government response to what happened.

Even as the national government warned communities in the path of the storm about the great dangers posed by this freak of nature, little was actually done to mitigate the calamity. There were no ships filled with relief goods readied in safe ports before the storm struck. There was no deployment of troops to quickly restore the vital ro-ro ports through which rescue and relief would pass. Recall that the US military was first on the scene in any meaningful way after the storm passed.

What could be more telling of the state of government readiness than the…

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Typhoon Haiyan Remembered

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Typhoon Haiyan Remembered

It is almost a year since the most powerful storm ever recorded hit the island communities of the Philippines. Thanks to the support of our donors, ShelterBox launched one of its largest responses to date and is still today committed to assisting families that were affected by the storm. Throughout the coming week we will look back on Typhoon Haiyan as we remember the communities in the Philippines that suffered at the violence of the storm, and the communities around the world that rallied together in their support. 

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013 claiming 6,200 lives and destroying a million homes. In the five months following the disaster, more than 100 ShelterBox response team volunteers have delivered emergency shelter to help over 7,200 families, including 1,513 ShelterBoxes. We distributed an additional 5,763 tents, but ShelterBox also provided other non-food items including 10,000 solar lights, 870 water…

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Ryan Chua



One Year After Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

In Remembrance Of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Jotting Down Grace

Here are my favorite collection of photographs I took when we visited my family and friends in the Philippines two months after the typhoon.

I was not there when it happened but I will never forget the agony of waiting to hear my family. It took many days. When I finally hear my brother’s voice to inform me that they were all okay, I couldn’t compose myself, I was overjoyed.

Blessings to those who are relentlessly moving on despite what they’ve been through.

To my Aunt Nelly, who are not found, we will always remember you. You raised two beautiful children and are great parents to your grand-babies.

My heart is full of gratitude to countries, organizations, volunteers, missionaries, neighbors, brothers and sisters, even strangers who become friends who reached out to give help.

What would life be if we are living alone? How can one survive amidst turmoil?


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