Mt APO, the End of an Expedition

This is part 2 of 2 of our Mt. APO expedition climb log. Read part 1 here, Climbing Mt APO, Our Turn

Morning at the Summit

Morning wasn’t any better and waking up to the cold weather seemed as if time had stood still to when we first arrived. Absent was the soothing warmth of morning; instead the earth was damp, the air cold and misty with a drizzle to complement a morning we would all rather sleep to. I thought about holding off the descent but reconsidered since our guides knew better.
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23. October 2014 by Renerio
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Typhoon Yolanda: A 100 days after

Philippine Flag in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Last week I visited Tacloban to help out with the communal garden project of Bayanihan Tayo and to celebrate the birthday of my mother without any idea that it has been a 100 days since the typhoon.

And while the city has been cleaned up to some extent, everything else has been slowly picking up withstanding the politicking and more of it.

Typhoon Yolanda Update

You cannot help but notice that everything revolves around the aftermath of the typhoon. It has consumed every aspect of the every resident’s life. From the debate on when the relief goods are to stop, where to get money for today’s expenses, the inescapable reality of the long lines just to buy medicine, the distinct absence of air-conditioning, that the word supermarket does not apply in Tacloban, as do the word Mall, getting home before night falls and dealing with the unforgiving mosquitoes at night.

Life is still hard.

A 100 days after

100 photos for the last 100 days. These are not extensive, being limited within Marasbaras, Magsaysay, the downtown area, Apitong, Caibaan and V&G,  this however should be enough to give anyone an overview on how things are within the city.

tindog tacloban signages after typhoon yolanda

One of the many Tindog Tacloban Signages

warning sign in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Warning signs are common due to the extensive lootings days after the storm hit.

damage in in burgos street tacloban city

The junction between P. Burgos St and the road towards Bombo Radyo. I believe this was a cafeteria of some sort.

tindog tacloban

Tindog Tacloban!

road in holy infant college after typhoon yolanda

This is the road right after Holy Infant College toward Apitong.

damaged house in v&g aftermath of typhoon haiyan

Damaged house in V&G.

solar panels being recharged after typhoon yolanda

Solar Panels being recharged.

cold drinks for sale in v&g subdivision after typhoon yolanda

Yes, there are cold drinks in V&G.

brgy office in v&g after typhoon yolanda

This is the brgy hall right before the church.

carenderia in v&g subdivsion after typhoon yolanda

Carenderia in V&G subdivsion.

mlhuillier in v&g subdivision after typhoon yolanda

MLhuillier in V&G talipapa.

hardware store in v&g tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

A hardware store in V&G is open.

farmacia ni doc in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

One of the more lucky pharmacies.

generator for rent in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Generators and trucks for rent.

traffic in mid afternoon tacloban after typhoon yolanda

Traffic in mid afternoon Tacloban City

wrecked ship in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda 2

One of the 5 ships marooned inland.

wrecked ship in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Eva Jocelyn will probably serve as a tribute to those who perished in the storm.

garden plots in palo leyte after typhoon yolanda

Garden plots in Palo Leyte.

leyeco linemen fixing electrical posts in tacloban city after typhoon  yolanda

Shouldn’t you be in V&G as you promised?

Leyte National high school in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

I bet many students felt relieved they still had their school building. Unfortunately for them, this means school classes has to go on.

Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City after typhoon Haiyan

Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City

wreckage of Leyte Park Gym in Tacloban City after tyhoon yolanda aftermath

This was a gym, pre-Haiyan. Now it’s just an ugly myriad of twisted, contorted metal.

Liceo Del Verbo in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

Liceo Del Verbo, erstwhile known as Divine Word University many years ago. Why did people have to be so greedy?

lions den in tacloban city yolanda damage

Lions Den, or at least what it used to be. One of the more shocking images for me.

madonna of japan in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Madonna of Japan

mitsubishi motors office in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Mitsubishi Motors is open for business.

no build zone markers in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

One of the many No Build Zone markers throughout the city. Towards the sea are what remains of the many houses that stood pre-Yolanda.

Ocho restaurant in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

The, without a doubt, best ever restaurant in Tacloban City!

opportunity kauswagan bank in tacloban city reopens after typhoon yolanda

Most of the banks are open.

damage in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda 4

This is somewhere in Phase 4, V&G.

damage in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda 3

Carpenters are in high demand, at least for the next couple of years.

damage in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda 2

Another damaged house remains in ruins after 3 months.

in v&g subdivision after typhoon yolanda

In V&G Subdivision.

destruction in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

They say the remaining posts that are not fixed are those of the telecom companies.

charging station in v&g subdivision after typhoon yolanda

Charging business.

posts in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

I think people are now used to sights like these.

wreck in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

And this.

wreckage in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

And more of the same.

damage in V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

While the coco lumber business is booming. They buy felled coconut trees for as low as Php100 and make a profit of Php1,500.

Phase4 V&G tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

More of V&G.

Leyte Provincial Gym in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

Leyte Provincial Gym in Tacloban City

Ritz tower de leyte in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Ritz Tower de Leyte

robinsons hotel after typhoon haiyan 3

Damaged Robinsons Hotel. Does anyone know if they were looted too ?

robinsons hotel after typhoon haiyan 2

Robinsons Mall being repaired.

salong in tacloban city

I know this establishment to be Salong. Lots of memories here during my elementary years.

San pedro Bay Tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

The single, most shocking image during my last visit. The San Pedro Bay Restaurant has been totally wiped out.

stereo sushi in tacloban city damage after typhoon yolanda

Stereo Sushi.

st therese christian development center in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

I think classes has resumed already.

superior tacloban memoral garden now open after typhoon yolanda

I think they are in the funeral business.

tacloban city Doctors building damage after typhoon yolanda

Tacloban Doctors comes off as a ragtag hospital.

lions statue in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

They lost their building in Magsaysay Boulevard.

leyte provincial gym damage after typhoon yolanda aftermath

Leyte Provincial Gym in a different view.

Torobay Street in V&G Subdivision Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

Torobay Street in V&G Subdivision

Trio Salon now open in tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

They’re back in business.

ultra steel now open for business in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Nice

wrecked UPVTC Botanical Garden in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

The wrecked UPVTC Botanical Garden.

damage in V&G Church in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

The roof has yet to be repaired.

v&g talipapa palengke central after typhoon yolanda

V&G talipapa palengke central building

Zara Compound VandG Subdivision in Tacloban City after typhoon yolanda

Zara Compound in V&G Subdivision

2go shipping office in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

2G

an waray office in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

I think this was the An Waray office.

tacloban city astrodome after typhoon yolanda

The Astrodome has been converted to a temporary relocation site.

balyuan ampitheatre in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

The Balyuan Ampitheatre

barangay 52 magallanes in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

In Magallanes,one of the hardest hit areas.

bunk houses in caibaan tacloban city built after typhoon haiyan

Bunkhouses in Caibaan.

bunk houses in caibaan tacloban city built after typhoon yolanda

Have yet to open.

botica estanislao in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Botica Estanislao has been around for years already,

coca cola area in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

This is in the Coca-Cola Junction

Duptours Tacloban city after typhoon Yolanda

Duptours Office in Tacloban City

dyvl aksyon radyo in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

and the DYVL Office

Eastwest Bank Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

EastWest Bank is already open too.

Filipino Store Tacloban City after typhoon haiyan Yolanda

They’ve been around for some time too.

Fil Products Sagkahan Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

The Fil-Products building is totally wrecked.

Gabrino tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

While the Gabrino Store has been rented off to become a tiangge.

Gaisano Capital Central Tacloban City after typhoon haiyan

While Gaisano Capital Central has yet to be totally cleaned off.

Gaisano Capital Central Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda

Debris pile the frontage.

gaisano tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

The Old Gaisano, probably will never reopen.

mitsubishi motors in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Mitsubishi Motors.

wreckage in tacloban city due to typhoon yolanda

This was probably Cafe Lucia.

motel in sagkahan after the storm surge after typhoon yolanda

Motel across Cafe Lucia. Lots of people died here too.

along the road to the city astrodome after typhoon haiyan

And here.

fishing boat thrust inland due to the storm surge after typhoon yolanda

In Magallanes Street.

houses being built in the no build zone in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Houses being built in the No Build Zone perimeter.

houses near the no build zone in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Maybe it’s because they have nowhere else to go.

storm surge aftermath after typhoon yolanda

Storm surge aftermath in Magallanes.

tents in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Tent City

wrecked houses after the storm surge in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

and more.

destroyed radio station in magsaysay highway in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Storm surge aftermath.

destroyed radio station in magsaysay highway in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

I don’t believe this radio station is still operating. This is still in Magallanes Street.

Philippine Flag in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

I saw alot of Philippine Flags around too.

thank you messages in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

No thanks for the National Government. Well, I can’t blame them.

typhoon yolanda emergency response team in tacloban city typhoon yolanda

We’re on the rebuilding process now.

building that survived the storm surge in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

No Entry Warnings for thieves/looters.

hotel along tacloban city astrodome after typhoon yolanda

The building right after St Therese. This was used as a dormitory years back.

lions den in magsaysay boulevard tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

What remains of the Freedom Park.

freedom park in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

One of the few structures that survived the storm surge.

destroyed houses in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Building beside the entrance to Leyte Park hotel.

buildings near leyte park hotel tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

Leyte Park Hotel has been temporarilly converted to the Haiyan People’s Home.

bulldozer trucks in tacloban city after typhoon yolanda

A Red Cross Bulldozer.

Disclaimer:

I might have missed something out, probably a wrong reference or another. Please let me know.

Thank you

21. February 2014 by Renerio
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