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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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.
One of the many Tindog Tacloban Signages
Warning signs are common due to the extensive lootings days after the storm hit.
The junction between P. Burgos St and the road towards Bombo Radyo. I believe this was a cafeteria of some sort.
This is the road right after Holy Infant College toward Apitong.
Damaged house in V&G.
Solar Panels being recharged.
Yes, there are cold drinks in V&G.
This is the brgy hall right before the church.
Carenderia in V&G subdivsion.
MLhuillier in V&G talipapa.
A hardware store in V&G is open.
One of the more lucky pharmacies.
Generators and trucks for rent.
Traffic in mid afternoon Tacloban City
One of the 5 ships marooned inland.
Eva Jocelyn will probably serve as a tribute to those who perished in the storm.
Garden plots in Palo Leyte.
Shouldn’t you be in V&G as you promised?
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
This was a gym, pre-Haiyan. Now it’s just an ugly myriad of twisted, contorted metal.
Liceo Del Verbo, erstwhile known as Divine Word University many years ago. Why did people have to be so greedy?
Lions Den, or at least what it used to be. One of the more shocking images for me.
Madonna of Japan
Mitsubishi Motors is open for business.
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.
The, without a doubt, best ever restaurant in Tacloban City!
Most of the banks are open.
This is somewhere in Phase 4, V&G.
Carpenters are in high demand, at least for the next couple of years.
Another damaged house remains in ruins after 3 months.
In V&G Subdivision.
They say the remaining posts that are not fixed are those of the telecom companies.
I think people are now used to sights like these.
And more of the same.
While the coco lumber business is booming. They buy felled coconut trees for as low as Php100 and make a profit of Php1,500.
More of V&G.
Leyte Provincial Gym in Tacloban City
Ritz Tower de Leyte
Damaged Robinsons Hotel. Does anyone know if they were looted too ?
Robinsons Mall being repaired.
I know this establishment to be Salong. Lots of memories here during my elementary years.
The single, most shocking image during my last visit. The San Pedro Bay Restaurant has been totally wiped out.
I think classes has resumed already.
I think they are in the funeral business.
Tacloban Doctors comes off as a ragtag hospital.
They lost their building in Magsaysay Boulevard.
Leyte Provincial Gym in a different view.
Torobay Street in V&G Subdivision
They’re back in business.
The wrecked UPVTC Botanical Garden.
The roof has yet to be repaired.
V&G talipapa palengke central building
Zara Compound in V&G Subdivision
I think this was the An Waray office.
The Astrodome has been converted to a temporary relocation site.
The Balyuan Ampitheatre
In Magallanes,one of the hardest hit areas.
Bunkhouses in Caibaan.
Have yet to open.
Botica Estanislao has been around for years already,
This is in the Coca-Cola Junction
Duptours Office in Tacloban City
and the DYVL Office
EastWest Bank is already open too.
They’ve been around for some time too.
The Fil-Products building is totally wrecked.
While the Gabrino Store has been rented off to become a tiangge.
While Gaisano Capital Central has yet to be totally cleaned off.
Debris pile the frontage.
The Old Gaisano, probably will never reopen.
This was probably Cafe Lucia.
Motel across Cafe Lucia. Lots of people died here too.
In Magallanes Street.
Houses being built in the No Build Zone perimeter.
Maybe it’s because they have nowhere else to go.
Storm surge aftermath in Magallanes.
Storm surge aftermath.
I don’t believe this radio station is still operating. This is still in Magallanes Street.
I saw alot of Philippine Flags around too.
No thanks for the National Government. Well, I can’t blame them.
We’re on the rebuilding process now.
No Entry Warnings for thieves/looters.
The building right after St Therese. This was used as a dormitory years back.
What remains of the Freedom Park.
One of the few structures that survived the storm surge.
Building beside the entrance to Leyte Park hotel.
Leyte Park Hotel has been temporarilly converted to the Haiyan People’s Home.
A Red Cross Bulldozer.
I might have missed something out, probably a wrong reference or another. Please let me know.