Post-Haiyan Volunteer Trip to Eastern Visayas

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Seventeen volunteers embarked on a journey to help communities in Leyte and Samar who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Our help is so small compared to the need. …

Seventeen volunteers embarked on a journey to help communities in Leyte and Samar who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Our help is so small compared to the need. You can help, too.

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  • 1. En route to Eastern Visayas After super typhoon Yolanda With Hands On Manila volunteers
  • 2. All our stuffs are packed… We brought donated items for Yolanda-affected families in Tacloban and Basey.
  • 3. A rainy morning greeted us in Tacloban.
  • 4. Our home for the weekend. We were able to get rooms at Welcome Home Pensione for 17 volunteers.
  • 5. Welcome Home was our headquarters where we packed our loot bags…
  • 6. …and rested in between activities.
  • 7. But first we took a quick breakfast across the street at Potluck Canteen before heading to...
  • 8. Barangay 52 where some of the houses have no roofs to provide shelter from the rain.
  • 9. The children enjoyed our short game...
  • 10. …and delighted on the gifts they received. Next was…
  • 11. Barangay 67 The devastation at Anibong, a coastal area in Tacloban, was tremendous.
  • 12. A huge ship forced to shore by the strong winds destroyed houses, properties, and lives.
  • 13. Families receive their loot bags of cooking utensils, umbrella, seeds, and other materials.
  • 14. Dinner at the Village Chefs Time stood still. We slept after the 2nd activity and headed to dinner before 6pm.
  • 15. A nice pool outside the restaurant.
  • 16. Outside the restaurant.
  • 17. Beautiful interiors.
  • 18. Great food.
  • 19. After dinner night out. Impromptu reunion with former colleagues at a mobile bar, called Na Ning.
  • 20. Day 2. Off to Samar. On the second day, we found ourselves on the road to Samar, the neighboring province of Leyte.
  • 21. We saw more devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda.
  • 22. San Juanico Bridge We crossed the longest bridge in the country that spanned over two kilometers connecting two provinces.
  • 23. Basey, Eastern Samar Basey was not also spared of the destruction caused by the typhoon.
  • 24. There we played with the children.
  • 25. We also gave out books to the kids.
  • 26. And loot bags to the mothers and fathers.
  • 27. Our hosts prepared their local delicacies for us.
  • 28. Back to Leyte. As we headed back to Leyte, we made a side trip to Palo.
  • 29. We visited the famous landing site of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
  • 30. We heard mass at the Sto. Niño Church.
  • 31. Then dinner at my friend’s restaurant, Calle Z Café.
  • 32. Day 3 – Sightseeing. Our last day was spent on a tour of the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum.
  • 33. We also shopped for souvenir shirts.
  • 34. Then headed back to Manila.
  • 35. Till our next trip!