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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PCCI Donates P250,000 for Yolanda Victims

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Hands-Thumb-up-icon   Last quarter of 2013, the Board of Directors authorized the donation of a total of P250,000 to the following organizations at P50,000 each for the victims of typhoon Yolanda:
  1. White Cross Foundation Inc
  2. Tanging Yaman Foundation Inc
  3. Sagip Kapamilya Foundation Inc
  4. Kapatid Foundation Inc
  5. Kapuso Foundation Inc

Source:  PCCI Quarterly Decmber 2013

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Members of BFP Ilocos Norte joins Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

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Members of BFP Ilocos Norte joins Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors,a fund raising event of government and non government organization, was organized by Local Government of Laoag City. It is the first step to rolling-out a project to help the victims of typhoon Yolanda, rebuild their lives devastated by the said typhoon.

Members of BFP PHQ Ilocos Norte and BFP Piddigjoined the run. The three and five kilometers Run/ Walk for a Cause around the vicinity of Laoag City was held Sunday, 25 November 2013 at 6 o’clock in the morning.

Around 200 compassionate runners participatedthe said event. As donation, runners gave a minimum amount of P50.00 and some gave in-kinds. A total of more or less Php 19,000.00 and 6 boxes of in-kinds were raised.

article by: FO1 Frances Diana C Pascua

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LHS sdmits 5 student-refugees

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Five students from Tacloban were admitted in Lagro High School almost a month after Super Typhoon Yolanda-ravaged Eastern Visayas last December 2, 2013.


Nicole Capay-capay, Gerlyn Golina, Margie Asoy, Ruselle Polce and Cherry Mae Delantar are juniors and seniors from the super-typhoon-hit areas who evacuated from their towns and are now studying in Lagro High School.

Junior student Capay-capay now takes classes in Alexandrite while Golina and Asoy are attending classes at Carnelian.

Seniors Polce and Delantar are also attending classes in Krypton and Carbon respectively.

“Dito ako nag-aral sa Lagro simula first year hanggang second year tapos nung naka-enroll na ko ng third year, pinalipat ako dun sa Leyte, kasi yung ate ko imimbita ako mag-aral doon kasi sya yung nagpapa-aral sa ‘kin”, Capay-capay disclosed.

She added that her parents agreed to her sister’s plan to transfer her in order to alleviate expenses.

“Noong dumating yung Yolanda, bumalik kami…

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Supporting humanitarian aid with open UAV imagery

Spatial Reserves

Last year we wrote about the imminent influx of high resolution imagery from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones and the great potential this could offer those agencies responding to emergency situations where the effective provision of humanitarian aid relies heavily on access to current, accurate and readily available map data.

When Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), reportedly the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall, struck the Philippines on the 8th of November 2013 it caused catastrophic destruction and loss of life. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (H.O.T) activated Project Haiyan to provide geographic base data for the affected areas.

Imagery for Phillipines Providing updated imagery for the Philippines

However as Kate Chapman reported in a project update last month, although a large number of UAVs had been used to collect imagery immediately after the typhoon struck, much of the mapping activity was uncoordinated, resulting in fragmented data sources that were unavailable to the aid agencies. Although…

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