From the title itself this post doesn’t give any happy news. Despite my want that this blog will contain my list of things wanting to do, I guess I don’t need to put and “boast” in a bucket list number that I am going to help people in need on the areas in the Philippines most devastated (which is an understatement, better use the word WIPED OFF or SMASHED) on Friday, November 8, 2013 by the “One of the most powerful storms ever recorded”, HAIYAN (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-most-powerful-storm-to-ever-hit-land-batters-philippines-with-235mph-winds-8926719.html)
I am from Lapulapu City, Cebu, our damages were minor, minor i.e., compared to Tacloban, Leyte and Samar as we are enclosed by other provinces in circumference. Therefore, although we had that disastrous typhoon hit us, but the damages were not as worse as the rest of the Philippines, especially Tacloban. Before that, may I tackle Coron, Palawan, a bit first since I was there just recently.
I went to Coron, Palawan lately. In fact, just a week ago in which I’ve written a post about that. Photo above is so much distressing.
Don’t know which part of Coron this photo above is, but apparently it’s where the sea-view resorts were built (or used to be).
Felt so much sadness for these people. Coron being located at the far west of the Philippine archipelago, it is where Supertyphoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda when it entered Philippine Area of Responsibility) exited. As it landed in Samar and Leyte areas on the East.
And one prominent structure in Mt. Tapyas, popular for mountain climbing for sunset view, the cross is gone! :
One of the package tours in Coron is to climb Mt. Tapyas to get that perfect view during sunset overlooking the bay and the town – a tour I didn’t avail of, this made me feel more sad now.
My heart reaches out to those in Coron, Palawan – one of my favourite places in the Philippines! I couldn’t communicate to anyone, in which the only way I could reach is thru the number I’ve saved on my phone when I booked for my accommodation when I was there at that time I texted them to please clean up my room when I left for the Kayangan tour. Could not get any sign if the friends I gained there in my short stay, were okay.
Click here for more photos of Coron and Westown Hotel ravaged by the typhoon, and how public markets, and town infrastructures were washed-out.
May I warn my readers that the following photos I would share from different sources are disturbing, this is where the Haiyan made its first landfall. Samar and Leyte provinces, east of Cebu.
Tacloban, the capital of Leyte is now merely a ghost town.
In the picture above, I gave in.
I thought of not posting it anymore, as I could not even look at it straight. But thought its for the information of people around the globe that it was this worse and sad. I think the pic is too unbearable to look at it, as it shows, it comes from a twitter post of somebody which has also gained a lot of shares in Facebook. No, I didn’t share because I cannot bear. But here, I think you deserve to see the worst.
The earthquake on October 15, 2013 that had hit Bohol, Cebu’s neighbour is my first experience of a tremendous tremor. Have had minor ones before but not that worse. This typhoon is of course my most terrible experience eventhough our damage is not as bad as other places in the Philippines. And this is the first time that the whole of the Philippines suffered, when we are used to having typhoons but at one place at a time during typhoon seasons, but this one has a heavy blow on almost all parts of the Philippines.
Cebu province’s most affected areas are Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan town, Malapascua Island and those others on the north. Ravaged by the storm, most houses were “flat-out” and if there are left standing, their roofs came off.
Luckily us, especially us in Lapulapu City/ Mactan Island, we were back to normal at 10 PM, internet’s restored, power’s back and people did some minor repairs and life went on. I was just literally jaw-dropped when I saw a big cloud of wind right before my eyes with a roaring sound, that was terrible! Leyte and Samar had the worst aftermath, with death tolls predicting to rise to 10,000. Very very heart wretching.
So grateful to the kind hearts like this:
Aid efforts begin after typhoon Haiyan kills 10,000 in Philippines: [live updates]• 10,000 people are reported dead in the central Philippine province of Leyte
• EU pledges initial €3m as international assistance efforts begin
• Haiyan becomes one of the strongest recorded storms ever to make landfall
• Philippines calls for help as relief effort gears up
• Many parts of Philippines inaccessible to government and aid, official say
Survivors walk past a ship that lies on top of damaged homes after it was washed ashore in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP