Ang isla ni Pablo

Patricia Evangelista

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It's a story of survival in a place its people once called paradise

BROKEN. Isla Poo, one week after. Photo by John Javellana

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental – Meljohn Monteza was working as a driver in Davao City when Typhoon Pablo slammed against his tiny island of Poo in Davao Oriental (Read more about Isla Poo here.).

It took 3 days for word to arrive that his parents and sister were alive, that the island had been flattened by wind, and that the few survivors left were starving and desperate. In this short documentary shot by John Javellana and Patricia Evangelista, and scored by Malek Lopez and Armi Millare of band “Up Dharma Down,” Rappler tells the story of survival in a place its people once called paradise. 

If it moves you enough to help, there’s a quick and easy way via text. Rappler’s “Text to Help” campaign makes helping as easy as sending a text message. –

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