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MANILA, Philippines – Haiyan or Yolanda has become the storm of all storms.
In the faces of its victims and heroes, we see, reflected, the experiences of all others who face typhoons.
But Haiyan has also become a symbol of what a disrupted climate means for humanity.
Science shows that a warmer climate could mean stronger storms. Haiyan was the storm that drew that connection.
The Philippines, the country passed through by 20 storms a year, is on the frontline of the climate crisis.
This crisis is more than a story about nature’s disrupted patterns. It’s a story about human lives.
To commemorate Haiyan’s 2nd year anniversary, Rappler has been given special rights to publish these photos of Haiyan and other storms by photojournalist Veejay Villafranca.
Veejay Villafranca is the first Asian recipient of the Ian Parry Scholarship grant in 2008, for his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila which also garnered him a residency at the Visa Pour l’image photojournalism festival.