How does a nightmare become a blessing?

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rodelia_gaddi Rodelia Gaddi in the living room of her newly-rebuilt house furnished through the help of family and friends.

Basey, Western Samar –

“For nights, I could not sleep. Every time I closed my eyes I could see my father clutching his chest, falling into the waters as it churned and swallowed him up.”

Rodelia Gaddi, 44, retells that fateful November day with a tremulous voice and tears, then beams a beautiful smile. “I learned a lot from the experience of Yolanda, and I am so blessed. I am convinced that I still have a mission. Even if there are problems now, I just smile. I have surrendered my life to God. Bahala na siya sa akin.”

Rodelia is the sixth of nine children. From childhood she has been sickly and her parents doted on her. Her brothers and sisters eventually married and had their own families. She took care…

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Bottle Boats

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If typhoon Yolanda is the strongest typhoon in the world, then Philippines is the strongest country.

Annually, the Philippines experiences 20 typhoons that regularly hit the Archipelago. There has always been cases of landslide, storm surge, and flooding that Filipino people encounter. Just like the unforgettable typhoons that hit the country, Typhoon Frank, Pablo and of course who will ever forget super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that took thousands of lives and wrecked a lot of properties.

One of the many reasons why rescue is always delayed and many lives have been wasted because the government lacks rescue facilities that may help the victims. Specifically, boats that can be used to transport people frmansunides-main-610x406om flooded areas. Early evacuation maybe the best possible solution that we can make but what if just like what happened in Yolanda that even evacuation centers are washed will be repeated? Also, with these boats we can transport…

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Super Typhoon Yolanda: How Filipino People Dealt with Its Aftermath

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We cannot deny the fact that Super Typhoon Haiyan or known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda’s strength was out of this world. It left a mark as the world’s strongest typhoon ever recorded that left billions of properties destroyed and thousands of lives lost.

Philippines recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. After a year of devastation, how is the country doing now? How are the people coping with the changes and how are they moving on?

Disasters, may it be natural or man-made, these were never new to the Filipinos. But this typhoon was definitely unexpected.

Days after the typhoon Yolanda, many were weeping for they were left with almost nothing. Children were seen in the streets waiting for vehicles and rescues to come for food and water were very inefficient. Dead bodies where just lined up just at the sides of the streets waiting for someone to claim…

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South Korean soldiers bid farewell to Leyte, completes rehabilitation efforts there

SYMBOL OF ARAW. Philippine government officials led by Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Araw Shrine in Leyte. (Photo by: Office of the Civil Military Operations (U7), Central Command, AFP) SYMBOL OF ARAW. Philippine government officials led by Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Araw Shrine in Leyte. (Photo by: Office of the Civil Military Operations (U7), Central Command, AFP)

CEBU CITY—Almost a year after their arrival, South Korean soldiers have bid goodbye to the people of Leyte leaving their traces of sunshine through the houses they have built and schools they have repaired and reconstructed.

Team Araw composed of at least 300 South Korean soldiers of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces (ROKAF) has formally ended its rehabilitation and recovery efforts for the survivors of the super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name ‘Haiyan’) in the towns of Palo and Tanauan, Leyte province.

In a Mission Completion Ceremony held at their temporary base in Campetic, Palo town, officials from the Philippine government led by Department of National Defense (DND) Sec. Voltaire Gazmin and National Disaster Risk Reduction…

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Charitable Act

A gift of home this Christmas

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Am back from the holidays!

And it has been fun… being with family, and friends, with lots of food and fun things. Got to go home to the province for five days and it was glorious! I don’t see my family that much, and even when I was going home to Bulacan everyday, we rarely see each other, much more eat meals together. or hang out. It is definitely a privilege to spend the holidays at home.

But in different parts of the country, families don’t even have a home to go to. While I feel immensely blessed to be able to go home this time of the year, my wish for the families, especially those who met storms and typhoons, is for them to spend this wonderful time with family under one roof.

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Living with Supertyphoons

Carlo's Think Pieces

The Philippines has to accept the fact that a supertyphoon will hit the country every year, sometime between November and mid-December. It also has to prepare for it.

In the last 4 years, a supertyphoon has hit the country:
2011 – Sendong – December 15 -17
2012 – Pablo      – December 2 – 9
2013 – Yolanda – November 7 – 8
2014 – Ruby      – December 6 – 10

We might also count Ondoy (September 23-30, 2009) as a supertyphoon. It didn’t have supertyphoon winds, but dumped lots of rain. It did come rather early.

This is unlikely to be a coincidence, or a case of bad luck. There is a reason why supertyphoons happen at this time. It has something to do with the huge amount of heat stored in the Pacific Ocean. In the earlier part of the rainy season, typhoons form in the Pacific Ocean, but…

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#RRT8: Spreading Christmas Cheer in Northern Cebu

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#RRT spreads the love in Daanbantayan!

Random Road Trip visits Daanbantayan in northern Cebu to give gifts and to spread Christmas cheer to the people who were greatly affected by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. 

Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda) – the biggest storm that hit planet earth. How do you deal with that kind of headline in CNN? How do you prepare yourself for that gigantic swirling storm outside? You don’t.

The three hour drive to the north was a mix of emotions. We were elated to be able to help our fellow Cebuanos but at the same time when we saw the amount of destruction as we neared the tip of Cebu – we felt sad. Tin roofs look like they were crumpled like that of a regular paper, fields of trees look like it has been swept by a giant broom, and the most disheartening of all were…

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