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Young survivors capture life in Tacloban 5 years after Yolanda

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Five years after Super Typhoon Yolanda, we can see stories of recovery through the lens of survivors

MY PLAYMATE. Kim Froilan, 8, trying to catch fish for her family. 6 small fishes were already caught when the photo was taken. Photo by Jhonalyn Dela Rosa

[OPINION] Yolanda survivors have not forgotten

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Some may have forgotten the monstrous Yolanda, the failure of the government, and the unscrupulous corruption of public officials. But we have not.

Background photo from Agence France-Presse

5 years after Yolanda, 23% of houses for survivors occupied

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Almost half of the 205,128 permanent housing units needed in Yolanda-stricken areas have been built, says Malacañang

The House Committee on Housing visits the NHA housing complex for Yolanda Victims in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photos courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

IN PHOTOS: Tacloban 5 years after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For those who survived the storm, the intervening years have been filled with painful steps forward, but also, a determination to not give up despite overwhelming challenges

HALF A DECADE AGO. Survivors stand under a shelter surrounded by pile of debris washed inland after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Tacloban City on November 10, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Tacloban

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Yolanda survivor Joana Sustento says the arrival of Rainbow Warrior to her city will give Yolanda survivors a chance to share their stories to the world and help in the fight against climate change

RAINBOW WARRIOR. The Greenpeace ship arrives in Tacloban City on February 28, 2018, as part of its Southeast Asian tour. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 4 years on, Yolanda survivors remember their loved ones

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda barreled through Eastern Visayas, survivors continue to tell tales of their survival, share the lessons they have learned, and remember those who have perished

Photo by Ailene Liporada

Yolanda survivors hit planned demolition of homes in coastal areas

Nov 17, 2016 - 5:35 PM

They say proposed relocation sites in northern barangays are too far from the city center and have inadequate facilities

3 unresolved issues, 3 years after Yolanda

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:32 AM

I am not satisfied President Rodrigo Duterte says referring to the slow pace of rehabilitation in Yolanda affected areas

REMEMBER YOLANDA. Filipinos light candles on the eve of the third anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Survivors light candles to commemorate Yolanda anniversary

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Survivors come together to create a memorial dedicated to the dead especially those whose bodies were not recovered after the onslaught of the super typhoon

PROCESS OF HEALING. Yolanda survivors come to the memorial to light candles and offer their prayers to their loved ones as a tribute, especially those who were not recovered after the catastrophe. Photo by Chris Billes.

Yolanda survivors to Duterte: We demand justice

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Disaster survivors demand that the current administration address the pervading hunger poverty and militarization in the affected communities

DEMANDING JUSTICE. Fishermen from Serum, Basey in Samar arrive at the Old Jeep Terminal Rizal Avenue in Tacloban City to meet with other protestors joining the people surge. Photos by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

Marcos hits Roxas: 'Bayani lang sa komiks'

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Vice presidential bet Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr takes potshots at Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and the Aquino administration during his campaign rally in Tacloban Leyte

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Chris Billes/Rappler

The Edgardos

Dec 21, 2015 - 4:00 PM

This is Tacloban two years after Yolanda and the story of two brothers Edgardo II and Edgardo Jr who lived and laughed by the sea until the day the sky fell

New hope for the New Year

Jan 30, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Plenty of people are still suffering from the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda but there is hope for those who have lost the most

The silence of Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:00 AM

In silence we too need to ask whether religious inspiration is enough to reverse social injustice in this country

Thousands cheer as Pope arrives in Palo

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:31 AM

The Pope s next agenda: Meeting with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Palo Leyte

PAPAL BLESSING. Pope Francis reaches out to thousands who gathered at the Tacloban City airport after his Mass, as he begins his motorcade from Tacloban to Palo

‘We are on Yolanda ground zero’

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:07 AM

The local church thanks Pope Francis for visiting Leyte despite the storm

Pope Francis leaving for Tacloban earlier

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:10 AM

Pope Francis is on his way to Villamor Airbase

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Thousands of pilgrims entering the papal mass venue still happy and energetic despite the long walk and persistent drizzles. All photos by Derek Alviola

Yolanda survivor wins medals in #ASG2014 athletics

Dec 03, 2014 - 2:09 PM

I told myself that I won’t let my dreams be washed away by the tides the storm brought says silver medalist Karen Janario

PH PRIDE. Karen Janario (2nd place) salutes the Philippine flag in the awarding ceremony of athletics in the 6th ASEAN Schools Games. All photos by Patriz Tondoc/ Rappler

Iloilo Yolanda survivors: No use asking gov't for help

Nov 14, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Under the national government s comprehensive plan Iloilo province will need P20 billion in rehab funds Residents say they haven t even received the few thousands of calamity fund since a year ago

STILL IN TENTS. Displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013, Ninfa Hablo, 63, and others from Botongon village in Estancia town, Iloilo, are still living in tents. Photo by Julie Silvederio/Rappler

Houses for Yolanda survivors: 'Super beautiful' but...

Nov 04, 2014 - 4:57 PM

A Buddhist group funds a new village for Yolanda survivors as the government taps the private sector in rehabilitation efforts

Celebrating people helping people

Aug 25, 2014 - 5:41 PM

Yolanda survivors took part in the celebration of World Humanitarian Day in Ormoc

New home: A birthday gift for a young Yolanda survivor

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Yolanda destroys 1 1 million houses leaving 4 million people homeless

#StoryoftheNation: Capture the Filipino spirit of resilience

Aug 13, 2014 - 4:16 PM

In August Rappler will highlight stories of resilience survival and little heroic deeds in Yolanda areas Help us capture them in photos and bite sized quotes

More than just a shelter program

Aug 06, 2014 - 3:40 PM

This is the story of Erlinda a grandmother and Jerry a carpenter They are Yolanda survivors who are both recipients of World Vision s assistance

HOPEFUL. Erlinda can't help but shed tears when she talks about her grandchildren. She dreams of sharing the house with them soon. All photos by Joy Maluyo/ World Vision

Rappler Newscast | July 30, 2014

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Philippines faces power crisis in 2015 PH military apologizes for coup scare After Haiyan: 14 500 survivors still live in tents

#DearPresident: Letters from Yolanda survivors

Jul 26, 2014 - 3:15 PM

What do survivors from Yolanda battered areas have to say to President Benigno Aquino III as he delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address SONA ? What are their needs that the government hasn t been able to provide?

GK builds more than 1,500 homes for Yolanda survivors

Jul 25, 2014 - 4:06 PM

But the work is far from over Gawad Kalinga still needs help to raise the remaining 3 000 homes for Typhoon Yolanda victims

COMPLETE. Typhoon survivors say hello their new homes. All photos from Gawad Kalinga

EU announces €30-M grant for Yolanda survivors

Jun 05, 2014 - 6:00 PM

As of 2014 donations made by the European Union its member states and private European citizens amount to a total of €740 million 1 billion

EU GRANT. EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva talks about the help given by Europe in the aftermath of Yolanda. Photo by Rappler

Taiwan donates $1M for Yolanda survivors

Jun 05, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Before this the Taiwanese government gave around 1 billion for survivors of major Philippine disasters including the 2013 Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Pablo in 2012

TAIWAN DONATION. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and Ambassador Wang present the check donation for Yolanda survivors. Photo from DSWD

Soliman: Let’s look beyond Tacloban

May 13, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Soliman urges government officials to adapt a broader perspective to post Yolanda recovery

6 months on, Yolanda survivors still struggling: Red Cross

May 05, 2014 - 5:33 PM

Although immediate concerns over food water and medical care have been addressed it would take longer to meet other needs says the Philippine and international Red Cross

DSWD's cash-for-work benefits 15,000 Yolanda survivors

Jan 23, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Beneficiaries are given work according to their capacity under the cash for work program

LINING UP. Typhoon Yolanda survivors queue for relief goods last December 24. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/ EPA

Leyte: A home before Christmas

Dec 23, 2013 - 7:48 AM

72 families in Palo Leyte will be spending Christmas in new bunkhouses

116 bunkhouses to house first 3,000 Haiyan families

Nov 26, 2013 - 5:00 PM

In two months the government will unveil a rehabilitation plan for typhoon damaged areas says the NDRRMC It will take 2 5 years to implement

WASHED AWAY. A single house stands in a once busy village in Balangkayan, Eastern Samar. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler