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Relief Operations Phase

After Yolanda struck, the world rushed in to help. Donations, both in cash and in kind, were sent to the devastated areas. Other countries sent their medical teams, lent their aircraft, and provided other means of emergency assistance. The ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation collected relief goods and packed them to be sent to the typhoon-devastated areas.

Rebuild Operations Phase

After relief operations, the survivors of typhoon “Yolanda” needed to rebuild their lives. Donors, including the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, helped the survivors rebuild their homes, schools, churches, and places of livelihood so they could get back on their feet and start anew.

Rehabilitate Operations Phase

The goal of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation is to help “Yolanda” survivors get back on their feet and become more resilient to typhoons and other extreme weather disturbances in the future. Thus, it partnered with different organizations to launch livelihood and education programs that will equip the survivors with skills and other resources that will help them cope better with future weather disturbances.

Disaster officials on alert for super typhoon
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Concerned government agencies are keeping tabs on a tropical storm that could potentially turn into a super typhoon.

Weather forecasters said this weather system may enter the Philippines by Thursday and it will be named "Yolanda."

NDRRMC prepares for 'worst typhoon'
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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss contingencies for the incoming super typhoon Yolanda, expected to hit Central Philippines on Friday.

PH evacuates coastal areas ahead of super typhoon
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The Philippines evacuated coastal areas and put emergency workers on alert on Wednesday as a storm expected to grow into a super typhoon headed towards central islands still recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit last month.

PNoy calls for 'bayanihan' amid deadly 'Yolanda'
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President Benigno Aquino III called on all Filipinos to practice "bayanihan" as super typhoon "Yolanda" continues to threaten the country, especially areas in eastern Visayas.

Celebs ask Pinoys to pray as 'Yolanda' enters PH
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Local celebrities joined millions of Filipinos in praying as super typhoon Yolanda finally entered the country's area of responsibility on Thursday.

In their official Twitter and Instagram accounts, celebrities also reminded all the Filipinos to prepare and be safe.

Government agencies brace for super typhoon Yolanda
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As super typhoon Yolanda moves closer to the country, government agencies are implementing precautionary measures to prepare for the powerful cyclone.

In an interview on Primetime on ANC, Maj. Reynaldo Balido of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) explained the measures the agency is doing to prepare for "Yolanda".

Celebs pray for PH as super typhoon hits
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Local celebrities and international artists including American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez and The X Factor US finalist Ellona Santiago expressed concern as super typhoon Yolanda made landfall in the Visayas.

Millions seek shelter as super typhoon hits PH
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Haiyan, potentially the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall, slammed into the Philippines' central islands on Friday, forcing millions of people to flee to safer ground or take refuge in storm shelters.

Filipinos battle typhoon 'Yolanda'
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Photo via @govph

Huge waves caused by the winds brought by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”) battered seawalls and caused boats to overturn. However, rescuers wasted no time in aiding unlucky seafarers stranded on vessels.


'Yolanda' knocks down Palawan's giant cross
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One of Palawan province's main tourist attractions was knocked down by super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan).

Race to reach Philippine typhoon disaster zones
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Thousands of Philippine soldiers raced Saturday to reach isolated communities that were devastated by one of the strongest typhoons on record, as reports emerged of corpses lining roads and people swept out to sea.

American, German rescue teams help 'Yolanda' victims
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Rescue teams from the US and Germany have started rescue and relief operations in some of the devastated provinces of the Philippines.

First look at Bantayan Island after 'Yolanda' devastation
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Exclusive video of ABS-CBNnews.com taken from above Bantayan Island, Cebu in Central Visayas on Sunday morning after super typhoon 'Yolanda' lashed the area showing damage to major establishments including the church in Bantayan town.

First look at destruction in Guiuan, Eastern Samar
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An ABS-CBN News team finally entered the isolated area of Guiuan in Eastern Samar where super typhoon "Yolanda" made its first landfall last week. Images of destroyed houses and structures, including a big church, were caught in the video filmed by the crew.

Yolanda destroys houses, kills 19 in Bantayan
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Napasok ng ABS-CBN ang isla ng Bantayan sa Cebu na nasapul din ng bagyong "Yolanda." Halos lahat ng bahay doon, sira! Aabot sa 19 ang patay sa naturang lugar.

People are walking like zombies, looking for food
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Photo by Erik De Castro, Reuters

One of the most powerful storms recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.

Hunger grips Ormoc in Yolanda aftermath
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Napasok na rin ng ABS-CBN News team ang Ormoc City kung saan tumambad ang matinding pinsala ring dulot ng bagyong "Yolanda." Matinding gutom na rin ang nararanasan ng mga tao doon.

DOH prepares to stop health risks; needs body bags
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High ranking officials of the Department of Health (DOH) are also now in Tacloban in an attempt to stem the health risks from the cadavers that have yet to be buried after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.

Corporations pledge support for Yolanda victims
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Several corporations pledged their support for the relief efforts for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda.”

ABS-CBN shirts, concert to help 'Yolanda' victims
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Kapamilya talents Kris Aquino and Kim Chiu announced on Monday that ABS-CBN will release special t-shirts to raise funds for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan).

DTI implements price freeze in typhoon-hit areas
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As several provinces and municipalities across the Visayas have declared a state of calamity following the devastation brought by typhoon “Yolanda,” the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has started to implement a price freeze in affected areas.

Watch a concert, help 'Yolanda' victims
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More than 40 local acts are set to perform at a fundraising concert for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

'Yolanda' survivors desperate for aid
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Survivors of a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines were growing increasingly desperate for aid Monday, as authorities struggled to cope with potentially the country's worst recorded natural disaster.

Scientist debunks 'man-made' typhoon claims
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University of the Philippines scientist and professor Dr. Mahar Lagmay on Monday belied a viral video claiming that super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) was a man-made disaster.

Palace: Hard to bring relief without LGU help
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A Palace official admitted Monday it is difficult to bring help to the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" in Tacloban City due to absence of coordination with local officials.

CNN's Anderson Cooper to cover 'Yolanda' aftermath
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Photo from Cooper's Twitter page

American journalist, author and television personality Anderson Cooper is set to arrive in the Philippines to cover the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in Visayas.

Coping with Yolanda's wrath
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Each person has his own way of coping with crisis.

For Tacloban residents, coping with the destruction wrought by super typhoon Yolanda means finding ways to adjust to the harsh reality they are now facing, especially when the government they are desperately looking to for relief, cannot cope with the magnitude of the post-disaster work.

Angel Locsin auctions vintage car for Yolanda victims
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Actress Angel Locsin, who has been very busy supporting the Philippine Red Cross in relief operations, is auctioning her car to raise money for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan).

How ABS-CBN Foundation distributes relief goods
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Tina Monzon-Palma, the program director of ABS-CBN Foundation's Sagip Kapamilya, explained how the relief goods given to them are distributed to families affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan).

Pope Francis gives $150,000 in emergency aid to Philippines
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The Vatican on Monday announced it is donating $150,000 in emergency aid to the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated entire communities and left more than 10,000 people feared dead.

Samsung Group offers $1-M aid to PH
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South Korea's biggest conglomerate, the Samsung Group, on Tuesday said it is offering $1 million (around P44 million) in aid to the Philippines, which is recovering from the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda.

UN to launch major aid appeal for battered Philippines
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The United Nations will Tuesday launch an urgent aid appeal expected to seek hundreds of millions of dollars to help the Philippines recover from the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Where to get 'Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na' shirts
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ABS-CBN started selling on Tuesday its “Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na” t-shirts, which will benefit the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

What NOT to give to relief aid: Red Cross
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Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, gave the following rules when donating to victims of super typhoon "Yolanda."

How to help typhoon survivors in the Philippines
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In the aftermath of the super typhoon that hit the Philippines on Saturday, international relief agencies were ramping up donation appeals worldwide.

The death toll estimate is at 10,000, and the number of displaced is more than 600,000, according to the United Nations.

Guiuan, E. Samar a 'terrifying' wasteland in wake of 'Yolanda'
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The Philippine fishing town where one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded made landfall has been turned into a terrifying wasteland where armed men threaten to kill fellow survivors for food.

El Nido suffers minimal damage 'Yolanda'
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Here’s a piece of good news for travelers: the four properties of the luxurious El Nido Resorts in Palawan only suffered minimal damage from super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

MacArthur memorial not spared by 'Yolanda'
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ABS-CBN correspondent Jeff Canoy is still in Tacloban where he continues to show the situation there via Twitter and Instagram.

INC worship center survives 'Yolanda'
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Photo by Rem Zamora

The Iglesia ni Cristo's worship center in Tacloban was one of the few buildings left standing after super typhoon Yolanda and a storm surge devastated the city.

How 50 kids in orphanage survived super typhoon
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Amid the destruction and desperation, stories of hope are emerging in Tacloban City in the aftermath of super typhoon "Yolanda."

An orphanage, set up by foreigner Erlend Johanndsen, founder of Street Life Philippines, was among the structures destroyed by the storm.

2 LA girls selling lemonade for typhoon victims in viral photo
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A photo of two girls selling iced tea and lemonade in a Los Angeles neigborhood is making the rounds among Filipino netizens, as the small stall was supposedly put up to help victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan).

Bb. Pilipinas donates P1M for 'Yolanda' victims
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Stella Marquez Araneta of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. has pledged to donate P1 million to help victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in Visayas.

Beyond canned goods: More ways to help 'Yolanda' victims
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With several Filipinos coming up with ways to raise funds for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan), there is no excuse for not helping in these causes.

Concerts set to raise funds for 'Yolanda' victims
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Disaster strikes and the nation finds just cause to unite for a cause—help the victims get back on their feet again. This time, mainstream and indie musicians have found a new cause, after the Bohol tragedy, with the ravages wrought by super typhoon Yolanda.

World's biggest companies extend aid to PH
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Some of the world's biggest companies, PepsiCo, UPS, JPMorgan Chase, Toyota Motors and The Walt Disney Company, have donated money for relief and rehabilitation efforts in central Philippines, which was devastated by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

'Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na' benefit concert set
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ABS-CBN will hold a concert this weekend to raise funds for the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda," which killed thousands and left entire towns devastated after making landfall in the Philippines last Friday.

WW2 Pinoy vets join effort to help Yolanda victims
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Even in their old age, Filipino World War II veterans trudged to the Westbay Pilipino Multi-Service Center in San Francisco in an effort to help kababayans in the Philippines devastated by typhoon Yolanda.

'Yolanda' raises bayanihan spirit
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Netizens shared their thoughts on how they can help victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

Yesterday, TV Patrol asked the question: “Anong tulong ang gusto o kaya mong ibahagi sa mga kababayan nating nasalanta sa #YolandaPH ?”

'Yolanda' relief op is largest in PH history
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr

The Philippine government is launching the largest logistical operation in the country's history to bring relief to areas affected by super typhoon "Yolanda."

Typhoon-hit Bogo struggles with next-to-no supplies
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By lunchtime on Wednesday, the entire aid stockpile for nearly 70,000 people hit by Typhoon Haiyan on a devastated Philippine island could fit on the back of a pickup truck.

Enrique Iglesias appeals for aid for Philippines
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Photo by Rem Zamora

Grammy-winning Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, whose mother is from the Philippines, on Tuesday urged his fans to give money to help victims of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

Imelda Marcos shielded Leyte typhoon damage
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Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos has not been informed about the extent of the destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan in her former home city, Tacloban in the central Philippines, which has been hardest hit, an aide said Tuesday.

'Yolanda' a Category 3 disaster - WHO
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines as a Category 3 disaster, the highest level.

Recent similar Category 3 disasters include the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.

BIR: No tax on relief goods for 'Yolanda' victims
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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has clarified that relief goods, from here and abroad, intended for victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' will be spared from taxes as long as they are coursed through the government or accredited foundations.

Jeepney TV to hold concert for 'Yolanda' victims
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Jeepney TV, ABS-CBN's cable channel that features classic Kapamilya shows, is set to celebrate its first anniversary with a fundraising concert.

Titled "Hapi-Hapi Kaara-One," the concert will benefit victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan) in Visayas.

Canada to prioritize applications of Yolanda-hit Pinoys
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Photo by Rem Zamora

The immigration applications of Filipinos, affected by super typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), will be prioritized by Canada.

UN spokesman defends PH's response to 'Yolanda'
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The United Nations on Tuesday praised the efforts made by the government of the Philippines to respond to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

"The Philippine authorities have done a tremendous job in extremely difficult circumstances," said Martin Nesirky, the United Nations Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Yum, Chevron, Uniqlo donate to PH typhoon victims
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More global companies, such as Yum! Brands, Chevron, Abbot, Deutsche Bank and Uniqlo, are sending donations for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Australia raises donation to P1.2-B for typhoon victims
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The Australian Government has increased its contribution to P1.2 billion (A$30 million) for the recovery efforts in areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced.

Typhoon-hit Bantayan hints at tourism paradise lost
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Photo: Resort's Facebook page

On one side, the Anika Island Resort faces a glittering stretch of azure sea. On the other three, it faces the remains of homes and coconut palms minced by wind into the white sand.

Tacloban's Sto. Niño Shrine after the flood
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

An eerie air fills the Sto. Niño Shrine in Tacloban City.

The place is pitch-dark even in the middle of the day, its glass windows cracked or broken, and the smell of rotting wood fills the air. Its carpet and parquet floor are covered in thick mud left by 10 feet of black water that rushed inside the place at the height of the storm surge brought by super typhoon Yolanda.

Britons raise P1.6-B for PH typhoon victims in just 48 hours
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British celebrities have also joined the nationwide appeal to donate for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan).
 
Designer and ex-Spice Girls Victoria 'Posh' Beckham tweeted to support typhoon Haiyan relief in the UK.

Japanese boy donates piggy bank savings for typhoon victims
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Courtesy of the PH Embassy in Tokyo

A preschooler in Japan was among the many who heeded the call for help of thousands of Filipino victims of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Miss Earth holds pageant in PH amid typhoon devastation
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This year's edition of the annual Miss Earth pageant, which continues to push for environmental awareness, will once again be held in the Philippines, this time amid one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country.

Obama appeals for Philippines typhoon relief
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US President Barack Obama on Thursday said the aircraft carrier USS George Washington -- loaded with food, water, tents, and medical supplies -- was near the coast of the Philippines to aid in the recovery from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and that more help was on the way.

Pacquiao concerned, wants to visit Yolanda victims
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Hall of fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach said Manny Pacquiao would have made a quick trip to Leyte and personally help the victims of typhoon Yolanda if he could.

Roach said his ward is concerned about the plight of survivors in Leyte.

Who will perform at 'Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na' concert
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ABS-CBN announced on Friday the lineup of artists and stars in its upcoming benefit concert for the victims of recent calamities in the Philippines.

“Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na! An All-Star Benefit Concert,” which will be held at the Araneta Coliseum at 8 p.m. on Saturday (November 16), aims to raise funds for survivors of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in Visayas.

Koreans raise P100-M for PH typhoon victims
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Photo by Lee Jin-man, Reuters

South Koreans have raised 2.5 billion won (around P103 million) during broadcasting network KBS' special televised fund-raising event to benefit relief efforts in storm-hit Philippines.

Rebuilding societies
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Traditionally, southern Philippines was outside the typhoon belt. This is the reason, in addition, to its vast agricultural land, why some of the world’s largest agriculture-based multinational companies are entrenched in Mindanao. Not anymore.

Empire State Building lights up for Yolanda victims
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The New York skyline looked a little different Friday night with the iconic Empire State Building lit up in the colors of the Philippine flag.

A week after Yolanda
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Photo by Rem Zamora

A week after 'Yolanda' struck eastern Visayas, Tacloban is still reeling from the devastating effects of the storm surge generated by the super typhoon.

Many did not anticipate the magnitude of Yolanda and the scale of destruction it would leave behind. Taclobanons and other survivors are still trying to make sense of what's left and how to move on. After Yolanda destroyed everything they have, many have left their villages altogether, choosing to go on with their lives in other places. But many have chosen to rebuild their houses on the same space where they once stood. The government has been slow to respond to the uncertainties, but the system, with the help of foreign friends, is slowly correcting itself.

'Eastern Samar is gone'
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Tacloban and other parts of Leyte were not the only places severely hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“Eastern Samar is gone,” Rep. Ben Evardone of the province lamented yesterday as he sought emergency assistance for his home province.

Sagip Kapamilya opens new drop-off point
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Libu-libong relief packs na ang napadala ng Sagip Kapamilya sa mga lugar na sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda. Wala namang kapaguran ang mga volunteers sa pagre-repack ng relief goods.

"Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na! An All-Star Benefit Concert"
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Photo by Michael Bagtas of ABS-CBN

Kapamilya stars gathered for one cause at the "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na! An All-Star Benefit Concert" at the Araneta Coliseum, Saturday night.

The sold-out concert helped raised funds for the victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' that ravaged Central Visayas last week. The proceeds of the concert will go to the relief operations of ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya campaign in helping the typhoon victims.

How 'Indays' in Qatar are raising funds for PH typhoon victims
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A group of Filipino household service workers in Doha, Qatar extended help in their own small way for kababayans whose lives will never be the same again after super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) struck central Philippines on November 8.

Kapamilya stars emotional in 'Tulong Na' concert
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Kapamilya stars performed ABS-CBN's Christmas station ID "Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko" at the sold-out "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na! An All-Star Benefit Concert" at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night.

Among those who performed at the concert, which helped raise funds for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda," were Tony-award winner Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, and Piolo Pascual.

'Yolanda' aid foreign nations reaches P10.6-B
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Foreign governments have donated over $248 million to help victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

How Pinoy billionaires are helping 'Yolanda' victims
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The richest men in the Philippines also did their part in helping in the relief efforts for victims of typhoon “Yolanda.”

The richest man in the Philippines, mall tycoon Henry Sy, donated P100 million for rebuilding homes, community centers, schools and churches damaged in typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas.

Fans light up 'Tulong Na' concert with cellphones
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The Araneta Coliseum glowed on Saturday night as fans held their cellphones high while singing "Hawak Kamay" at the sold-out "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na! An All-Star Benefit Concert."

The concert helped raised funds for the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" that ravaged Central Visayas last week.

NFL player carries PH flag to honor 'Yolanda' victims
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Photo from the football team's Twitter account


Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin carried the Philippine flag onto Century Link Field on Sunday to honor the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

According to the Seattle Times, Baldwin has family members living in the Philippines, including his grandmother.

News reports added that Baldwin’s relatives in the Philippines are okay but this didn't stop him from showing his support by carrying the country’s flag onto the field before Seattle’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Typhoon survivors get Sagip Kapamilya aid
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ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya distributed relief goods to typhoon survivors in Basey, Samar.

Fishermen adrift after typhoon takes livelihood
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A crucifix crudely fashioned from broken twigs marks a shallow grave on the beach in Baybay, a once-lively Philippines fishing village where generations saw the sea as a source of bounty until it cruelly turned against them.

Philippines counts the cost of Typhoon Yolanda
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Super Typhoon Haiyan's devastating assault on the central Philippines exerted a catastrophic human cost, but analysts say its impact on one of Asia's fastest growing economies will be less traumatic.

Red Cross: Aid slowly reaching typhoon victims
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered aid to the town of Balangkayan in Eastern Samar province on Wednesday, as officials admitted aid had been slow to get to some of the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

ABS-CBN's 'Tabang Na' Christmas Station ID
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ABS-CBN debuted on Thursday a special version of its 2013 Christmas station ID, which is in line with the Kapamilya network's "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na" relief program for the survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda."

The new music video of "Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko" pays tribute to the resiliency of Filipinos amid calamities, as it shows footage of those who were affected by the typhoon devastation in Visayas and the massive outpouring of help in its wake, the earthquake in Bohol and other parts of the Visayas, and other disasters.

'Operation Salubong' moved to Camp Aguinaldo
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An initiative welcoming survivors of typhoon Yolanda who are brought to Metro Manila is being moved from Villamor Air Base to Camp Aguinaldo Thursday noon.

"Operation Salubong," which began several days ago, saw volunteers welcome Yolanda survivors as they came off C-130 aircraft that brought them out of disaster-hit areas.

Foreign aid for 'Yolanda' victims reaches P14B
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Aid from foreign countries and international organizations continues to arrive, 13 days after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated the central Philippines.

According to the latest tally of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines has received a total of P14 billion in foreign aid.

'Oplan Salubong', inilipat sa Camp Aguinaldo
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Dumating na sa Camp Aguinaldo ang mga survivor ng "Yolanda" na lumikas mula sa Visayas.

Miss Earth beauties bring smiles to typhoon survivors
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Miss Earth candidates gathered at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City over the weekend to interact with displaced survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda."

The visit, which had 90 international beauties sit down with typhoon victims flown in from typhoon-ravaged Tacloban and other parts of Leyte, was part of the pre-pageant activities leading up to the coronation night on December 7.

Japan to send more aid to typhoon-hit Philippines
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PHOTO via @jeffcanoy

Japan will send further aid to the Philippines, if needed, to speed up relief operations in the central islands struck by a powerful typhoon, a Japanese relief officer told reporters on Friday.

Typhoon Haiyan has caused widespread devastation in the Philippines, killing nearly 5,000 people and displacing more than 4 million as it destroyed houses and flooded coastal communities.

Mga 'epal' sinisi ng DSWD sa kalituhan sa venue para sa evacuees
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Matapos na ilipat kahapon ang mga evacuees sa Camp Aguinaldo, pinabalik na uli sila sa Villamor Air Base. Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development na ang namumuno ngayon sa operasyon.

Netizens chime in on 'Operation Salubong'
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Online citizens were asked whether or not they are in favor of transferring survivors of Yolanda to Camp Aguinaldo from Villamor Air Base.

“Operation Salubong,” which began a few days ago, aims to take away survivors from disaster-hit areas and providing them medical care, food, and clothes.

NPA rebels joining typhoon evacuees?
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The government said it is willing to help New People's Army (NPA) rebels who are victims of super typhoon "Yolanda."

El Gamma Penumbra's moving tribute to survivors of 'Yolanda'
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Acclaimed shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra brought ABS-CBN's "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na" campaign to their home province in Batangas on Friday with a stirring tribute to Filipino faith and resiliency amid disasters.

Pacquiao victory lifts spirits of typhoon-ravaged PH
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Photo by Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

The storm-battered Philippines celebrated a much-needed victory Sunday after national boxing hero Manny Pacquiao defeated American Brandon Rios in a comeback fight he dedicated to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda).

Philippines, China cooperate over typhoon relief
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Maritime tensions notwithstanding, Chinese and Philippine navy officials are working together to bring relief for typhoon survivors in Leyte province.

Kapamilya stars hit runway for 'Yolanda' fundraiser
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Kapamilya stars and beauty queens took to the runway Monday night for a fund-raising event for the survivors of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name: Haiyan).

The fashion show and auction, featuring Filipino designer Francis Libiran, was held at the EDSA Shangri-La hotel.

Fil-Japanese firm donates P12-M to 'Yolanda' survivors
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Photo by Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM

Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. has donated a total amount of P12 million in cash and in kind for the survivors of typhoon “Yolanda.”

Sagip Kapamilya, EDC bring aid to Leyte
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ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya also continues to bring aid to Palo and other typhoon-hit areas in Leyte. Sagip Kapamilya is not alone in the relief operations, as the Energy Development Corp. also brought help. The target is to reach more than 35,000 families who lost their homes to "Yolanda."

Megan Young back in PH, set to visit typhoon-hit areas
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Miss World 2013 Megan Young is back in the Philippines to personally turn over the funds raised by the organization to the relief efforts for the victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name: Haiyan).

Photo by Raoul Esperas

Norwegian TV raises P210 million for PH aid
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Norwegian Public Broadcasting (NRK), a state-run public broadcasting network, raised at least P210 million (30 million kroners) for Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Philippines during an hour and a half national telethon at the Nationalteateret in Oslo.

Jessica Sanchez back in PH to help 'Yolanda' victims
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Jessica Sanchez arrived in the Philippines on Saturday night to personally help the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan).

On the micro-blogging site Twitter, the "American Idol" finalist expressed her excitement to be back in the country.

Thank you, world, for caring for Typhoon haiyan victims
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The outpouring of sympathy and help from all corners of the world, from governments and people, was like a warm embrace to a grieving nation.

There are few events in the world that make humanity come together so selflessly.

Typhoon Haiyan was one of them.

ABS-CBN's 'Kwento ng Pasko' concert set on Dec. 10
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ABS-CBN will hold its annual Christmas concert at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on December 10, with proceeds going to relief and rehabilitation efforts in parts of Visayas hit by the typhoon "Yolanda."

PH typhoon survivors determined to hope
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A raggedy cloth banner in a Philippine town torn apart by one of the most powerful typhoons on record declares that its residents are "roofless, homeless, but not hopeless".

Super Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,500 people dead or missing and ruined the homes of about four million others when it tore across some of the Philippines' poorest fishing and farming communities.

Mga mangingisda sa Samar, Leyte, may mga bangka na uli
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Hindi lang sa relief goods, tumugon din ang Sagip Kapamilya sa apela ng mga mangingisda na nasiraan ng mga bangka sa Leyte at Samar. 

A month after Yolanda
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

One of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land brought a record scale of damage to the provinces of Samar and Leyte. A month after the devastation of typhoon Yolanda, the rubble is still all around, a stark reminder of the huge tasks ahead in rising from the ruins.

Yet, there are signs everywhere that things are picking up slowly. The question now remains: How slow -- or fast-- will it be, and will it in the right direction?

ABSCBNnews visited Guiuan in Samar and Tacloban City in Leyte and presents a visual survey of the areas devastated by the typhoon.

Justin Bieber arrives in Philippines to help Yolanda victims
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Photo by Harold Geronimo

Pop superstar Justin Bieber arrived in the country on Tuesday, as part of his efforts to help raise funds for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda".

Bieber arrived via a private plane, which landed at a private hangar near Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.


Bieber holds concert for 'Yolanda' survivors
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Photo by Geron Ponferada, ABS-CBN Tacloban

International pop superstar Justin Bieber held an exclusive mini-concert Tuesday for the children who survived the wrath of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name: Haiyan).

In a report on ANC on Tuesday afternoon, Bieber was said to have performed for an audience limited to children at the City Central school in Tacloban City.

Romualdez: How can I evacuate 250,000 people?
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Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez on Tuesday lamented how his city is being described as the least prepared area when super typhoon "Yolanda" smashed into Eastern Visayas last month.

TulongPH stars at ABS-CBN Christmas concert
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ABS-CBN's Christmas concert held Tuesday night gathered ober 100 stars on the same stage, but the spotlight, throughout the three-hour event, remained on the call to come together to help Filipinos affected by recent disasters.

Photo by @dearscarjames

Standing ovation for Tacloban's Reo Brothers at 'Kwento ng Pasko'
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It was a concert graced by over a hundred Kapamilya stars and celebrities but it was a band composed of four brothers, who hail from Tacloban City, that drew the only standing ovation of the night.

Before and After: Tacloban a month after Yolanda
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

A month after a storm surge and powerful winds brought by super typhoon Yolanda devastated most of Tacloban City, ABS-CBNnews.com photographer Fernando Sepe, Jr. returned to the city he documented  immediately after the disaster. Most of the cadavers and debris are gone, but many scenes remain the same as the city struggles to rebuild from the ruins. Here are some of the photographs of the places he visited a few days after the devastation and a month after.

Kapamilya stars, mga 'batang estero' nagharap sa basketball
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Maghaharap ang Kapamilya stars at ang mga tinaguriang "batang estero," para sa basketball tournament ng ABS-CBn Foundation.

Kerry: More help coming for 'Yolanda' victims
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US Secretary of State John Kerry says the Washington is sending an additional $24.6 million in humanitarian aid for victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

PNoy thanks Kerry for US aid response
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino praised the US humanitarian response to typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on Tuesday as he welcomed US Secretary of State John Kerry to the presidential palace in Manila.

Kerry: US won't abandon typhoon-hit Philippines
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A stunned Secretary of State John Kerry toured a typhoon-devastated Philippine city on Wednesday, pledging more US aid as its Asian ally appealed for international help to fund an $8.17 billion rebuilding plan.

Vanessa Hudgens accepts donations for 'Yolanda' survivors
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Vanessa Hudgens has accepted financial assistance from the Hollywood media for the survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan), which battered parts of central Philippines last month.

Photo by Reuters

Why Philippine coconut crop damage is causing supply worries
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The destruction of an estimated three million coconut palms in last month's deadly typhoon in the Philippines is set to squeeze global supply for years of the tropical fruit used to make products from fuel to health drinks.

Photo by Erik de Castro, Reuters

'Sherlock' star sends love to PH
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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch sends his love to Filipino fans in the aftermath of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan).

Music video pays tribute to 'Yolanda' survivors
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Award-winning international producer Andrew Lane has dedicated his latest music video to the survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan).

Lane, who has worked with the Backstreet Boys and in shows such as "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical," said the song aims to erase the victim mentality and shift focus to rebuilding and strengthening the those who have survived the devastation.



UK financial firm donates over P8-M to Sagip Kapamilya
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Investment company C&C Alpha Group has donated $200,000 (approximately P8,888,098) to Sagip Kapamilya as part of the continuing aid efforts for the Philippines on the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda).

Donaire teams up with Nievera for Yolanda survivors
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Las Vegas Gastroenterology played host to Martin Nievera's “Martin at the Mandarin” on the Las Vegas strip. Nievera shared the stage with his sister Vicky in an intimate get-together attended by the “who's who” of the Las Vegas valley.

Football greats Ronaldo, Zidane to hold 'Yolanda' benefit game
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Retired football stars Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane have announced that they will hold an all-star charity game to help recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake super typhoon "Yolanda."

PH must not become a 'forgotten crisis' - UN chief
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Photo by Ryan Lim

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped up an appeal for funds on Sunday to help the Philippines recover from a devastating typhoon last month after visiting stricken areas a day earlier.

Leyte land titles lost, damaged by Yolanda
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The office of Leyte province's Registry of Deeds faces the ocean, and it was pounded by seawater when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck last month.

More than a month after, the registry is busy drying land titles on clothes lines, saving the precious proofs of ownership essential to land transactions.


Orlando tennis tilt raise funds for Yolanda survivors
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Americans came out for an all-day affair to help the Philippines through the Typhoon Haiyan Tennis Tournament, which raised money and awareness for the damage caused by the infamous super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Some Yolanda aid packages US remain undelivered
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It has been more than a month since the Filipino community in Illinois organized the fundraising drive called "Help for Haiyan."

The event gathered some 6,000 balikbayan boxes, which filled 14 container vans worth of donations. They also raised about $19,000 (approximately P842,086).

ABS-CBN Foundation helps Leyte residents build boats
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Many Leyte residents rely on fishing to make a living. But like their homes, their boats were also wiped out by typhoon Yolanda. ABS-CBN Foundation continues to help them recover.

Music video thanks world for 'Yolanda' aid
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Filipino songwriter Trina Belamide composed a song dedicated to all those who helped the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan).

"However horrible and tragic Typhoon Haiyan was, it brought out the best in people all around the world who showed us their overwhelming support and love," said Belamide.

How 'liking' this FB page can raise funds for 'Yolanda' aid
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The task of rebuilding lives and communities forever changed by the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda is not an overnight task.

While work is now being done to rebuild what's left of areas severely damaged by Yolanda, the challenge of not forgetting those whose lives were lost and shattered lies on everybody's shoulders.

Classes resume tomorrow in Yolanda-hit areas
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The Department of Education (DepEd) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are finalizing preparations for the resumption of classes tomorrow in the areas hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

UNICEF supplied tarpaulins to cover the roofs of damaged schools, constructed tents to serve as temporary classrooms, and supplied school and recreational materials.

DSWD, WFP distribute cash to 'Yolanda' survivors
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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday distributed cash assistance to over 2,000 "Yolanda" survivors in Tanauan, Leyte.

Pacquiao dares Mayweather to 'charity fight'
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Filipino boxing champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao confirmed that he has challenged American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a "charity fight," wherein the proceeds of the showdown will go to various foundations around the world.

Pacquiao had seemingly given up on a mega-fight against Mayweather just last week, but revived the hopes of boxing fans when he issued the dare to the American.

Pagdadala ng relief goods sa Davao Oriental, pahirapan pa rin
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Pahirapan pa rin ang pagdala ng relief goods sa ilang lugar sa Mindanao na naapektuhan ng matinding baha.

90-degree bow helps Tzu Chi PH raise funds for Tacloban
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By providing work for the victims of typhoon “Yolanda,” Tzu Chi Philippines’ efforts in providing a ‘cash-for-work’ scheme helped revive the economy in Tacloban, Leyte, including cleaning up the state university campus in 2 hours.

Delayed Yolanda aid Winnipeg finally sent to PH
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 Relief goods and donations collected in Winnipeg are finally on its way to typhoon victims in the Philippines.

The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba confirmed donations were sent to the Philippines over the weekend, after news surfaced the relief goods had not been delivered.

David Beckham to visit Tacloban
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Football superstar David Beckham, who dazzled Filipino fans when his former club LA Galaxy played the Philippine Azkals in Manila two years ago, will return to the Philippines, this time to lend a helping hand to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Photo by Erik de Castro, Reuters

Philippines thanks world for typhoon aid with billboards, tweets
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The Philippines said "Thank you" on billboards around the world Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after a typhoon that killed about 8,000 people three months ago.

Beckham in Tacloban to help Yolanda survivors
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Football superstar David Beckham visited the Philippines on Thursday to give comfort to survivors of the Asian country's deadliest ever typhoon -- although not everyone was sure of his identity.

Photo by Erik de Castro, Reuters

INC breaks world record for largest charity walk
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Tens of thousands of members of a Philippine sect took to the streets in Manila on Saturday in a charity walk to raise funds for survivors of the country's deadliest typhoon.

Photo by Jay Directo, AFP

Iglesia ni Cristo holds charity walk for 'Yolanda' survivors
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Thousands of members of Iglesia ni Cristo are holding a walkathon in Manila for the benefit of "Yolanda" survivors.

ALKFI: Donor Update March 2014
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Photo via ALKFI Sagip Kapamilya Facebook Page

Dear Donor,

Due to your generous contribution, the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI), via its programs Sagip Kapamilya and Bantay Kalikasan, has been able make significant strides in rebuilding the live of those tragically affected by Typhoon Yolanda. We are proud to inform you that ALKFI in partnership with the Bayan Academy is leading the curve of rehabilitation as the first organization to create an Are Development Plan (ADP) for four affected municipalities. Below you will find more details on the ADP and our sectoral achievements thus far.

None of this would be possible without yout generosity and the help of our partner organizations. For this, we thank you.

Football greats to play for Yolanda survivors in Bern
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A star-studded line-up of football greats is confirmed for Tuesday’s Match Against Poverty in Bern, Switzerland, the proceeds of which will help support the recovery efforts for the millions still rebuilding in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Zidane, Ronaldo win 'Match vs Poverty' for Yolanda victims
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The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) “Match against Poverty,” which featured retired football stars Zinédine Zidane and Ronaldo, is a resounding success after 21,000 football fans watched the game live at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland.

'Suits' star to visit Yolanda survivors in Ormoc
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Gabriel Macht, known for his role as lawyer Harvey Specter in the hit US TV series “Suits,” is set to visit the country this weekend.

Photo by Handout

Lucy Torres tours visiting 'Suits' star in Ormoc
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American actor Gabriel Macht, more popularly known for his role as lawyer Harvey Specter in the hit American television series “Suits,” is the latest international celebrity to personally visit the Filipinos who were devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.

British widower helps in post-typhoon rebuilding
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

For recently bereaved British widower James Thompson, working as a volunteer in the Philippines to help it recover from a devastating typhoon is his way of honoring his dead wife's memory.

Charice, Jessica, Jennifer Hudson to share stage
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For the first time, Charice and Jessica Sanchez will be sharing one stage as they headline a benefit concert that aims to help the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Dubbed as “#PinoyRelief The Benefit Concert,” the show will be held at The Theater at the Madison Square Garden on March 11.

Yolanda survivors dance to Pharrell's 'Happy' in viral video
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You just can't keep a Filipino down.

Months after "Yolanda" struck, a YouTube user has uploaded a video of the survivors of one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country breaking out in dance to "Happy" from the movie "Despicable Me 2."

Sagip Kapamilya, BFAR to help fishermen get back on feet
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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya sealed a partnership to help fishermen affected by Typhoon Yolanda get back on their feet.

How Leyte entrepreneur got back on his feet after 'Yolanda'
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When super typhoon "Yolanda" hit the Visayas last November, Cenon Policarpio was one of millions of Filipinos who lost not just their homes but also their businesses and livelihood.

Policarpio, whose company Taps Handmade Products manufactures handwoven bags, wallets and mats (banig) made of tikog (a kind of grass), found his materials and machines all destroyed by the floods in Tanauan, Leyte.

Photo by Cathy A. Garcia

Pinoys thank Canadian military for helping Haiyan victims
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It was a night to remember as the Winnipeg community welcomed a Canadian military officer with full Filipino hospitality in appreciation for the work that he and the Disaster Assistance Response Team did following super typhoon Haiyan's devastation last year.

Haiyan Int'l Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014: What to expect
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More than 40 international and 17 Filipino artists have contributed their works to the Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014 which is scheduled next month. Proceeds from the event will support ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the Visayas region.

ALKFI: Donor Update April 2014
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Dear Donor,

The ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) has been working full steam towards the rehabilitation of the areas and people devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. ALKFI is primarily focused on four municipalities: Dulag in Leyte and Basey, Sta. Rita and Marabut in Samar. Teams from the ALKFI programs of Sagip Kapamilya, Bantay Kalikasan, and Programa Genio have been immersed in the communities and are working closely with the residents, officials and partners to ensure appropriate and effective interventions.

The following report will provide you with details about our progress. In an effort to report the most accurate information, the report is up to date as of April 30, 2014 to allow our teams on the ground time to consolidate and validate all information.

We at ALKFI would like to thank you for your generosity. You and our partners are what make our work possible. Thank You!

Canada PM lauds citizens' aid for Yolanda victims
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently praised Canadians for coming together to extend help to typhoon-ravaged Philippines.

Photo by Mark Blinch, Reuters

How many bought 'Tulong Na' T-shirts?
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Photo by Mike Bagtas

Do you know how many people bought ABS-CBN's "Tulong Na, Tayo Na, Tabang Na" T-shirts?

According to ABS-CBN Licensing, over 1 million of these charity shirts have been sold since it was launched a few days after super typhoon Yolanda hit the country last November 2013 as part of the network's fund-raising campaign to help the survivors.

Foundation: Yolanda hero did not undergo clinical trial
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A foundation clarified that its partnership with giant firm Novartis was never meant as a clinical trial for patients with cancer.

In an e-mail sent to ABS-CBNnews.com, The Max Foundation head Pat Garcia-Gonzalez said: “For the past 12 years, my organization has been the global administrator of Novartis’ (Glivec International Patient Assistance Program)… GIPAP is an access program set up by Novartis in 2002 to help patients receive Glivec in certain countries including the Philippines. “

Angel auctions dream car for Yolanda survivors
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The dream car of Angel Locsin is up for grabs at a special ABS-CBN auction.

The Kapamilya actress is giving up her vintage 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle to help raise funds and fuel dreams of a better future for typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Bidding for Angel's Chevy reaches P1.6M on 1st day
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The bidding for Angel Locsin's 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, which is being auctioned for the benefit of typhoon Yolanda survivors, reached P1.6 million on its first day.

SM Foundation to rehabilitate Tacloban hospital
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Philippines - The SM group's foundation will undertake the rehabilitation of the Tacloban City Hospital.

The SM Foundation Inc. and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) have signed a memorandum of agreement for the rehabilitation of the hospital.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya reaches out to Yolanda victims
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ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation has joined hands with government agencies to help restore livelihood in areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda.

Inside Angel's vintage Chevy
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The bidding for Angel Locsin's 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, which is being auctioned for the benefit of typhoon Yolanda survivors, has reached P1.8 million.

As of 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the vintage car already received 36 offers from nine unique bidders, with the latest bid at P1,806,000.

ALKFI: Donor Update May 2014
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Dear Donor,

This month, we would like to share the story of Michael, a father, fisherman, pig famer, and beneficiary of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) in Basey, Samar. In the post-Yolanda (known as Haiyan internationally) affected area, thousands have stories like Michael's. It is only with the assistance from donors and partners like you that we are able to help these survivors to "Build Back Better."

Thank you!

Tina Monzon Palma honors Fil-Am donors and volunteers
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In Cerritos, California it was a night of celebration as ABS-CBN journalist and philanthropist Tina Monzon Palma visited the Filipino-American community.

Palma along with ABS-CBN foundation international director Joann Kyle, honored donors and volunteers who have been supporting this ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163 and Sagip Kapamilya projects.

30,000 still living in danger zones 6 months after Yolanda
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Almost 30,000 persons are still in danger zones and are living in tents or temporary shelters six months after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated this city.

Mariya Lagman, shelter cluster coordinator of Tacloban City, said about 3,000 families are staying in makeshift homes while 770 others are living in tents along the seashore.

PH grapples with shelter, jobs needs for Yolanda survivors
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During the last three months, the Tiozon family has been staying in a unit of bunkhouses erected in Marabut town on Samar Island after super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) plowed through the central Philippines on Nov. 8 last year, damaging about a million houses.

Palace says Yolanda rehabilitation on track
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Malacanang's rehabilitation team will meet Friday afternoon in Waterfront Lahug, Cebu to finalize its master plans for some of the areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, days after reports came out that Pope Francis intends to visit those areas when he goes to the Philippines next year.

ALKFI: Donor Update June-July 2014
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Photo via ALKFI Sagip Kapamilya Facebook Page

Dear Donor,

Once again, the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude for your generous donation. With your assistance, we have been able to truly make a difference in the lives of those who were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Thank You!

2 Pinoy girl scouts help raise funds for Haiyan victims in Maryland
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Two Filipino girl scouts from Maryland led efforts to raise funds for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. 

Photo by Majalya Fernando

Vertical Horizon dedicates song to Yolanda victims
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American alternative rock band Vertical Horizon dedicated a song to victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) during their concert in Manila Thursday night.

Vocalist Matt Scannell said their song "Forever," which was originally dedicated to "a dear friend who passed away," is their tribute to the victims of Yolanda, which hit parts of southern Philippines last November.

Hotdog reunites for 'Yolanda' fundraiser
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The members of iconic Filipino band Hotdog are reuniting to support the rehabilitation efforts in Tacloban, one of the areas ravaged by super typhoon "Yolanda."

The band, composed of Rene and Dennis Garcia, Gina Montes, Jess Garcia, Maso Diez, Rita Trinidad and Joy Reyes, will hold the benefit gig on June 17 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati.

After Haiyan disaster, a solution to water crisis above
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It was supposed to be a regular assignment for ABS-CBN reporter Ranulfo Docdocan: cover a typhoon as it made landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar and report back to base. That assignment, however, turned out to be anything but ordinary.

Liblib na bayan sa Leyte, narating na ng tulong
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Hindi napigilan ng maraming bundok o ilog, o ulan ang misyon ng Lingkod Kapamilya na hatiran ng school supplies ang isang liblib na bayan sa Leyte.

Lingkod Kapamilya may sorpresa sa Burauen,Leyte
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Hindi lang school supplies ang sorpresa ng Lingkod Kapamilya sa mga estudyante sa Burauen, Leyte.

Japanese actress visits Yolanda-hit areas
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Japanese television personality Tetsuko Kuroyanagi wrapped up Thursday a four-day visit to Cyclone Haiyan-affected areas in the central Philippines.

The popular actress, TV host and author, left Leyte province with a promise to make an appeal to Japanese for continued support for survivors, especially children, of the world's strongest typhoon that hit land Nov. 8 last year.


Japanese TV personality visits Tacloban
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Japanese television personality Tetsuko Kuroyanagi wrapped up Thursday a four-day visit to Cyclone Haiyan-affected areas in the central Philippines.

Kuroyanagi, 80, is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Paradise rises Yolanda-hit area
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With a little help from ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI)’s Bantay Kalikasan program, paradise-like destinations Sohoton Cave and Balintak Falls will be preserved and, subsequently, promoted as tourist sites starting this year.

Yolanda survivor's book gets US awards recognition
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To let the whole world know what happened during the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) was the inspiration of a Waraynon author who wrote the first and the only book about Yolanda survivors.

"All the suffering, all the death and the destruction around us, and I made a vow to myself that the world should know what happened here," Albert Mulles, the Taclobanon author, said.

Woods returns faster to benefit charity foundation
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Photo by Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Tiger Woods' recovery from back surgery has been quicker than expected but he said he probably would not have returned at this week's Quicken Loans National event unless it benefited his charity foundation.

'Yolanda'-hit Ormoc schools get new rooms
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Students and teachers of the Milagro Elementary School in Yolanda-devastated Ormoc City now have newly-renovated facilities to use.

Milagro Elementary School was among the many buildings ravaged by typhoon Yolanda seven months ago.

100 'Yolanda' survivors nabigyan ng bangka
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Mahigit 100 Yolanda survivors sa Dulag, Leyte ang nabigyan ng mga bangkang de motor ng ABS-CBN Foundation.

ABS-CBN Foundation to build schools in 'Yolanda' areas
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Using the donations it gathered after super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ struck last year, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) is now funding the building of new school facilities and livelihood programs in areas that were most affected by the calamity.

Pope to visit Philippine disaster victims
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Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.

Specific details of the trip were not released, but Manila's Archbishop Luis Tagle said the pope viewed Asia as crucial in spreading the faith.

PNoy approves P1.9B for Yolanda, Bohol rehab
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

President Benigno Aquino III has approved the release of P1.9 billion for the rehabilitation and recovery programs for the victims of the super-typhoon Yolanda and Bohol earthquake.

According to House Deputy Minority Leader Arnel Ty, the president has authorized the Department of Budget and Management to disburse P1 billion for the Department of Education (DepEd) and P912 million for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

RCBC, Lingkod Kapamilya foundation team up for 'green' ATMs
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More than a thousand automated teller machines (ATM) nationwide are now hailed as the first "green ATMs".

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) sealed an agreement to properly dispose used lead acid batteries inside ATM machines.

World Bank plans more funding for Yolanda-hit areas
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World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim on Monday visited communities affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) in Leyte.

Kim announced the World Bank Group is preparing more funding for the Yolanda-hit areas soon.

NBA stars treat Yolanda victims with hoops clinic
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A few hours before they kicked off their two-day charity basketball event, NBA stars gave a special basketball clinic for kids at the Araneta Coliseum.

Led by DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, Damian Lillard, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, the kids were run through drills in shooting, passing, and dribbling.

ALKFI: Donor Update August-September 2014
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Photo via ALKFI Sagip Kapamilya Facebook Page

Dear Donor,

In this issue of our report, we will be able to see the initial fruits of our labour of love for our Kapamilyas in Samar and Leyte. In the months of August and September, we have seen our organic gardens bloom and our pilot schools completed and turned over to our beneficiaries. Our tikog weavers delivered their first bags to their first client. We helped teachers to be better mentors and second parents to their students. We continue to rekindle hope for a select number of students who have the potential to be future leaders abnd traiblazers by giving them scholarships.


Gasol calls for renewed help for Yolanda survivors
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"The work is far from complete." These were the words of Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol as he called for more donations and support for the survivors of Super Typhoon "Yolanda," which devastated the Visayas in November 2013.

A year on, Tacloban fails to rebuild homes
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The mayor of the central Philippine city worst hit by a super typhoon a year ago said on Tuesday fewer than 100 of 14,500 promised permanent homes had been built, and that thousands were still living in danger zones.

PNoy approves P167.9-B Yolanda reconstruction plan
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President Benigno Aquino approved Thursday a P167.9-billion (roughly $3.6 billion) plan to rebuild areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) one year after the disaster, his spokesman said.

Shallow mass grave a year after Yolanda
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Residents of San Joaquin in Palo, Leyte gather on the grounds of San Joaquin Church where a mass grave for more than 300 victims of typhoon Yolanda is located. Relatives commemorated their departed loved ones on the same spot where they buried them in shallow graves after the storm surge.

Yolanda survivors remember dead kin
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Photo by Vincent Go

Relatives of some who perished during typhoon Yolanda in November last year float candles and flowers in remembrance of their departed loved ones on the eve of All Saints' Day at Mahusay Beach in San Jose, Tacloban City on Friday.

Halloween in Tacloban
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Members of the All Hands Volunteers group take a break from their work and dress in scary outfits as they visit a bar on Halloween on Friday in Tacloban City. The young volunteers from the United States have been helping in post-Yolanda Leyte since early this year.

Mass grave outside Palo Cathedral
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Relatives of typhoon Yolanda victims in Palo, Leyte visit the mass grave outside the Palo Cathedral on Saturday, All Saints' Day. The mass grave, the burial site of hundreds of victims who perished during the typhoon, has been converted into a memorial site.

Survivors remember the dead on first Undas after Yolanda
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Some family and friends of at least 2,000 who perished during super-typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago lit candles and offered prayers Saturday morning before unmarked graves in a cemetery here as city workers and volunteers planted white wooden crosses on plots separated by straw ropes.

Panalangin, alay para sa mga namatay sa 'Yolanda'
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Naghahanda na ang mga survivor ng bagyong "Yolanda" para sa anibersaryo ng delubyo, habang sinimulan na rin ang novena para sa mga pumanaw sa Leyte.

In San Antonio, Basey, a new church
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Residents of San Antonio in Basey, Samar attend mass on Sunday in their village inside the church that is still being renovated. Almost a year after typhoon Haiyan swept their village and destroyed most of their homes including the church, donors have pitched in to rebuild the church.


'Yolanda' widow grateful for cruel consolation
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A tiny store selling lollies, coffee and shampoo may seem a cruel consolation for Philippine typhoon widow Jennifer Pulga, but it keeps her with her children and for that she is deeply grateful.

Bagong bangka, malaking tulong sa mga binagyo
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Malaking tulong para sa mga taga-Samar at Leyte ang mga ipinamigay sa kanilang Bangka ng ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya.

Volunteer mission to Tacloban
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Akbayan party chairperson Risa Hontiveros Baraquel leads the send-off of volunteers on Monday to Tacloban City for typhoon Yolanda's first-year commemoration. The volunteers served a year ago in Yolanda-affected areas.

How Yolanda debris became furniture
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Super typhoon Yolanda left a trail of destruction in Eastern Visayas. Here's a look at how a furniture designer turned debris from the disaster into unique works of art.

How Palawan residents cope with Yolanda's aftermath
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A livelihood center opens its doors to Yolanda survivors in Coron, Palawan.

Survivors thank 'Yolanda heroes'
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Survivors thank 'Yolanda heroes' 11/04/2014 1:23 AMMag-iisang taon na mula nang manalasa ang bagyong ''Yolanda'' pero marami pa ang mga biktimang hindi mahanap. Kasabay nito, hinahanap din kung saan na napunta ang bilyong pisong pondo para sa mga nasalanta. Gayunman, puno ng pasasalamat ang survivors sa mga kababayang nagligtas sa kanila sa delubyo

Gov't aiming for zero tents in Yolanda-hit areas by end of Nov
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No more survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" living in tents.

That is the objective, according to Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, as construction of houses in Yolanda-hit areas continues.

Speaking to ANC, Soliman said around 500 families will be transferred to permanent houses by next week while government is working with the private sector in relocation efforts.

Fear of end of relief efforts as Yolanda survivors try to move on
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People grabbed whatever they could and hung on to them for dear life during the onslaught of super-typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago when storm surges and rising waters washed off their homes, livelihood and loved ones. A year after, many say they are uncertain of the future, while local community leaders are afraid people will be unable to cope with the end of donations.

Restoring Tacloban
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Local artists paint the wall along the highway with images of typhoon Yolanda aftermath on Tuesday in Tacloban City. The city is preparing for various commemorations of the disaster that struck almost a year ago. The wall was previously painted with waves from the sea.

Surviving after losing 18 family members in 'Yolanda'
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Super typhoon "Yolanda" (international code name "Haiyan"), the strongest and deadliest storm ever to hit land, claimed the lives of 18 family members of 40-year-old Doris Quieta when it struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

PNoy wants to hasten Yolanda rehab projects
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President Benigno Aquino III wants rehabilitation projects for communities affected by typhoon Yolanda completed as soon as possible.

Aquino reiterated the need to fast-track projects, as the anniversary of the typhoon’s onslaught nears.

How faith helped restore village in Samar
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ABS-CBNnews.com looks at the town of San Antonio in Basey, Samar it first visited a week after the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda.


PNoy tackles 'Yolanda' rehab in Cabinet meeting
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Sa gitna ng patuloy na pagbatikos sa umano'y kabagalan ng gobyerno sa pagtugon sa trahedya, pinulong ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga miyembro ng Gabinete. Isa sa pangunahing tinalakay ang rehabilitasyon sa mga lugar na sinalanta ng bagyong ''Yolanda.''

Yolanda survivors continue to get international aid
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Scott Chen is a 25-year-old American with a degree in criminal justice.

But even with no experience in carpentry and construction work at home in Los Angeles, he is building houses in the hilly village of San Isidro in Tacloban City, the capital of the central Philippine province of Leyte.

How widow raises 10 kids after 'Yolanda'
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How widow raises 10 kids after 'Yolanda' 11/07/2014 2:29 AMSa Marabut, Samar naman, ikinuwento ng isang biyuda na hindi sumuko sa mga hamon ng buhay ang kanyang kuwento ng pagbangon. Ang super typhoon ''Yolanda'' pa ang naging daan para maitaguyod niya ang kanyang pamilya

UN praises Filipino resilience a year after Yolanda tragedy
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The United Nations chief representative in the Philippines on Thursday praised Filipinos' resilience in recovering from a super typhoon that devastated the country's central island's nearly a year ago.

PNoy hits Yolanda critics: Try feeding 1.47-M families
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President Benigno Aquino III on Friday lashed out at his critics anew as he visited Eastern Samar to commemorate the first year after "Yolanda," the strongest and deadliest typhoon to hit land.

In his speech, Aquino slammed those who keep on saying that the government's response to the areas devastated by the disaster was slow and the assistance given was not enough.

Beached ships still in Tacloban
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Workers pack sandbags on Thursday to be used for padding the tracks that will be used for container ship MV Cebu when it is towed back to sea in Tacloban City. Eight ships washed ashore during typhoon Yolanda's onslaught last year remain in Anibong district.

Bridge for Pope's visit
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Workers rush construction of Burayan Bridge in Tacloban City on Wednesday. Construction of the four-lane bridge started in August and is now being rushed in time for Pope Francis' visit in January. The bridge is on the pope's route coming from the airport.


DBM: P52-B released to 'Yolanda' victims since 2013
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A total of P52 billion has been released by government to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in the provinces affected by Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Friday.

Yolanda victims lean on faith to move on
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

One said he took fuel from parked vehicles in car shops to fill up a motorcycle’s gas tank to drive away. Another listed down distant relatives as residents of a neighboring barangay to collect relief funds.

Peanut vendor composes, sings song for Yolanda
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A 40-year-old mani (peanut) vendor composes a song as a tribute to all who who helped Tacloban City after super typhoon Yolanda's onslaught.

Lucio Abat, a father of ten, also sings his composition as he plies his trade on the streets of Tacloban.

Philippines marks first anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan
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Filipinos on Saturday marked the first anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan that slammed the central Philippines leaving thousands dead and causing massive devastation to properties and infrastructure.

A memorial walk to honor the dead and increase people's awareness of the importance of better preparedness was held in this worst-hit city located in the central Philippine province of Leyte.

Why Yolanda survivors are unhappy with the govt
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Nag-rally sa Tacloban ang isang grupo ng survivors, binabatikos ang naging tugon ng pamahalaan sa Bagyong Yolanda. Dismayado rin sila na hindi makakapunta dito ang Pangulo bukas. Kasado na rin ang malakihang rally, para iparinig sa mga kinauukulan ang kanilang mga hinaing, kasabay ng paggunita ng anibersaryo ng delubyo ni Yolanda. 

How NGOs are helping Tacloban recover
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Itinuturing man ng iba na mabagal ang tugon ng gobyerno, pilit pa ring bumabangon ang mga Taclobanon mula sa delubyo. Malaking bagay din ang masidhing pagtulong ng mga non-government organizations. At sa gitna ng mga kwento ng pangungulila at dalamhati, may mga kwento rin ng inspirasyon ang mga nakaligtas sa superbagyo. 

Yolanda orphans wait for new families
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Halos isang taon mula nang manalasa ang Bagyong Yolanda pilit pa ring bumabangon ang mga nasalanta. Ilan naman sa mga batang naulila dahil sa pagsalanta ng superbagyo ay napunta sa mga bahay ampunan at naghihintay pa rin ng pamilyang kukupkop sa kanila.

JICA jointly builds classroom and trains laborers in Haiyan-hit town
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Japan's main aid agency started Friday the training of Filipino welders and construction workers hired to construct a new six-classroom building it is donating to a public high school located in a remote village in the central Philippine province Leyte that was devastated by super typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8 last year.

Donasyon sa survivors, saan napunta?
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Mga Kapamilya, isang taon mula nang hagupitin tayo ng bagyong 'Yolanda,' nakita natin kung papaano naging bayani sa kapwa ang bawa't Pilipino. Balikan po natin ang kwento ng ating pagmamalasakit. Narito po ang report sa mga nagawa at narating ng ating donasyon sa unang taon ng ating pagbangon.

Japanese groups bring messages of hope to Haiyan survivors
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A group of Japanese offered a message of hope Friday to survivors of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines as they introduced Japanese bamboo lighting art in the central province Leyte.

Artists paint murals of 'Yolanda' devastation
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Local artists in Tacloban showed off a series of murals depicting images of devastation and recovery after super typhoon "Yolanda."

The government of Tacloban commissioned the artists to paint on the walls of a public cemetery where dozens of victims of the typhoon are buried.

What will Pope Francis see in Palo, Leyte?
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Touched by their plight, Pope Francis will meet with "Yolanda" survivors in Leyte when he visits the Philippines in January next year. But what will the Pope see when he gets there?

Prayers, tears in Philippines one year after super typhoon
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Survivors of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land descended on mass graves Saturday to mark one year since the storm devastated the central Philippines and condemned millions to deeper poverty.

Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed more than 7,350 lives as it swept in off the Pacific Ocean, with its record winds and once-in-a-generation storm surges flattening entire towns.

Remembering super typhoon 'Yolanda'
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"Yolanda" was the deadliest typhoon to ever hit the Philippines with thousands of lives gone in one day and millions displaced. Here's a look back at the catastrophe a year after.

Survivors mark first year of 'Yolanda'
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Commemorative activities are lined up in Yolanda-affected areas to mark the first anniversary of one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the Philippines.

In Tacloban, church bells rang in San Joaquin where 371 people are buried in a mass grave.

Then and Now: A year after Yolanda
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It has been a year since super typhoon Yolanda laid waste to a large portion of the Eastern Visayas, taking along with it more than 7,000 lives and millions of pesos in properties and infrastructure.

ABS-CBNnews.com takes a look at some of the hardest hit areas in Tacloban City and Samar.

A look into what changed, and what has not.

Group demands climate justice for typhoon victims
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More than 100 activists led by the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) on Saturday held a protest in Mendiola near Malacañang to mark the first anniversary of super typhoon "Yolanda."

The group demanded climate justice for the victims of Yolanda, which claimed thousands of lives and left millions of people homeless in the Visayas.



Landlessness making 'Yolanda' shelter provision difficult
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Marilyn Quimson does not sleep. On moonless nights, the 44-year old goes out to sea with her husband when their fishnet may yield good catch from the San Pedro Bay, part of the sea surrounding the municipality of Basey in Samar. 

On rainy nights, she has to see where it leaks in her house in Barangay Tingib in Basey, while her children - ages 8 and 5 – sleep with a mosquito net, inside which they place a pail to catch rain water leaking into the make shift house and its roof.

'Solid' cooperation needed during typhoons - PAGASA
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The state weather bureau called for better cooperation with stakeholders and urged the public to also take its advisories seriously, one year after super typhoon "Yolanda" devastated Eastern Visayas.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Jori Loiz counts this among the lessons learned from the disaster.

People Surge march held vs alleged slow gov't response
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Hundreds joined a People Surge march in Leyte to decry government's alleged slow response to rebuilding efforts for "Yolanda" survivors.

Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said people are angry over the government neglect and the slow pace of rehabilitation.

Gov’t mulls using 'savings' to finance Yolanda recovery plan
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Government is planning to tap into savings, possibly including those from the scrapped Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), to finance its P167.86-billion recovery program for Yolanda-stricken areas, Secretary Panfilo Lacson told abs-cbnnews.com Saturday.

Soldier reunites with his 'angel' on Yolanda anniversary
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Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

A soldier who survived super typhoon Yolanda's wrath while clinging to a 7-year-old boy and a piece of wood, was reunited with his companion Saturday, as the country marks the first year of the typhoon onslaught.

Air Force Lt. Col Fermin Carangan floated on the sea with then 7-year-old Miguel, who he saw while big waves swept them away from Tacloban.

Much still needs to be done for typhoon victims: Oxfam
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British development aid agency Oxfam believes much still needs to be done in Yolanda-hit areas, adding a satisfactory response to the disaster depends largely on getting land policies in place and ensuring the continuity of disaster risk reduction efforts.

First responders share 'Yolanda' lessons, stories
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The first responders to typhoon Yolanda-hit areas emphasized the need for emergency services in every locality.

Asked about the importance of emergency services in a situation like typhoon Yolanda, Pilipinas 911 Managing Director Ruel Kapuna said, “It’s as important as food and water.”

Gov't finishes 30K boats for Yolanda-hit fishermen
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 The government has surpassed its target for the number of boats to be built for distribution to super typhoon "Yolanda" victims.

In a statement, the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said more than 30,000 units of newly-built and repaired boats and materials have been distributed to fishermen in Eastern, Central and Western Visayas and Palawan under its AHON! initiative.

Panfilo Lacson unveils Yolanda Marker
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Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson (left) and Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan unveil the Yolanda commemorative marker at the foot of the San Juanico Bridge in Basey, Samar on Saturday on the first anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda's landfall which killed over 7,000.

Marcoses attend Yolanda commemoration
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Former First Lady and now representative Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her son Bongbong Marcos (left) joins Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez during the mass at the Holy Cross Memorial Gardens in Basper, Tacloban City to commemorate Yolanda's first anniversary.

Climate walkers reach Yolanda Ground Zero
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Environmental advocates, who started a march over a month ago in Manila, reach the San Juanico Bridge on Saturday to join thousands who commemorated the first anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda's landfall in Tacloban City. The group highlighted the risks in climate change.

Hotel employees remember Yolanda victims
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Leyte Park Hotel employees light candle lanterns on Friday and release them to the sky in commemoration of the thousands who perished during super typhoon Yolanda last year. Business establishments are slowly picking up a year after the devastation.

Prayers, tears in Philippines one year after super typhoon
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Survivors of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land descended on mass graves Saturday to mark one year since the storm devastated the central Philippines and condemned millions to deeper poverty.

Yolanda orphans wait for new families
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Halos isang taon mula nang manalasa ang Bagyong Yolanda pilit pa ring bumabangon ang mga nasalanta. Ilan naman sa mga batang naulila dahil sa pagsalanta ng superbagyo ay napunta sa mga bahay ampunan at naghihintay pa rin ng pamilyang kukupkop sa kanila

How NGOs are helping Tacloban recover
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Itinuturing man ng iba na mabagal ang tugon ng gobyerno, pilit pa ring bumabangon ang mga Taclobanon mula sa delubyo. Malaking bagay din ang masidhing pagtulong ng mga non-government organizations. At sa gitna ng mga kwento ng pangungulila at dalamhati, may mga kwento rin ng inspirasyon ang mga nakaligtas sa superbagyo.

Ilang Yolanda survivors, inampon ng mga taga-Cavite
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Inampon ng bayan ng Rosario, Cavite ang halos siyamnapung pamilyang Yolanda survivors, na pinatutuloy muna ngayon sa mga kubo roon. Pero sa susunod na taon, bibigyan na sila ng permanenteng bahay na matutuluyan.

PH marks 1st anniversary of 'Yolanda'
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It's a day of mourning and prayer as the country marks the first anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda.
 
Raffy Santos takes us to Leyte -- one of the hardest hit -- by the monster storm. 

Palace firm in closing Romualdez airport in Tacloban
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 There is nothing political in the transfer of the airport from Tacloban to Palo, Leyte, Malacanang said.

“President Aquino’s statement is very clear on that. Based on studies, the Daniel Romualdez Airport is prone to storm surges. It is on the way of danger,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview with radio dzRB, stressing that the site of an airport is relevant in times of danger.

Resilience not enough in dealing with calamities'
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Survivors of super typhoon ''Yolanda'' (international name ''Haiyan'') have continued to pick themselves up and rebuild, showing the resilience that the international community so admires in Filipinos. However, is resilience enough to deal with calamities? How long will it have be the only key to survival?

200 houses given to Yolanda survivors in Cebu
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 A mall-based foundation on Sunday gave 200 houses to families affected by Typhoon Yolanda at Barangay Polambato, Bogo City in Cebu.

The houses were built on a lot donated by a family.

Erik, Vina, Jed, Zsa Zsa, Sarah offer song for Yolanda survivors
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Erik Santos, Vina Morales, Jed Madela, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Sarah Geronimo offered a song of hope to the Yolanda survivors whose homes were battered by the super typhoon a year ago. The four “ASAP” mainstays sang Tevin Campbell’s "Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)" along with the St. Paul Paranaque Himig Bulilit Choir. 

Environmentalists show solidarity with 'Yolanda' victims
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Memorials were held in Metro Manila to remember the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, and several activists called for action against climate change to avoid another disaster.





Gov't confident of rebuilding efforts in Yolanda-hit areas
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As they continue to grieve for everything they have lost, "Yolanda" survivors also express their anger at the government, which they say has not done enough to help them move on.

Liwanag' unti-unti nang tanaw sa Tacloban
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Nagpalipad ng sky lanterns ang mga nakaligtas sa ''Yolanda'' bilang simbolo ng liwanag na unti-unti nilang natatanaw matapos ang unos.

Bangka, kumot na yari sa mga boteng plastik handog sa mga nasalanta
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Ginawang kumot, damit at sapatos para sa mga nakaligtas sa '’Yolanda'' ang mga gamit na plastic bottles. Paraan daw ito ng isang NGO para isulong ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan. 

JICA: Cheer, not jeer, gov't on Yolanda rehab
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Monday doused criticism that the Philippine government has been found wanting for its rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Yolanda-affected areas.

Romualdez hijacking rehab efforts: Lacson
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Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson denied Tacloban has not received a single centavo for the rehabilitation of the city after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.

2 California groups honored for 'Yolanda' relief efforts
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The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. recognized two California-based emergency response groups that helped save as many as 2,000 lives in Leyte, in the aftermath of super typhoon "Yolanda" last year.

Surviving the memories of Yolanda
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Photo by Jonathan Cellona

In 2013, super typhoon Yolanda ravaged central Philippines. Thousands died and the families that lost their loved ones were left with the task of looking for their loved ones from underneath debris.

An estimated six million children were affected. Up to this day many young people tremble at the sound of rain. Some of the children slowly recovered from the trauma of a tragedy that took their parents, children, brothers and sisters. Experts have said the recovery from this trauma will be long. Many survivors have left their hometown and evacuated to Metro Manila, hoping to escape the memories that the tragedy brought.


Yolanda's Orphans
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One year after Yolanda, many remember the thousands killed and injured by Yolanda, the most devastating typhoon to hit land. Glossed over are the orphaned children who are now the most vulnerable among the survivors.

With as many as 7,000 people dead, many children were orphaned. They have become vulnerable to malnutrition and other threats, including trafficking via illegal adoptions or sexual exploitation.


NGO: Gov't won't meet 'Yolanda' rehab deadline
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Naniniwala ang isang NGO na mahihirapan pa ang pamahalaan na tuluyang matapos ang rehabilitasyon sa mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyong ''Yolanda.'' Si rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson naman, sinagot naman ang kabi-kabilang banat sa umano’y mabagal na tulong sa mga taga-Tacloban.

How poor coordination hurt Yolanda aid
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The delivery of assistance to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines was hampered by poor coordination between local authorities and the international community, British aid groups said Tuesday.

Yolanda rehab delay not my fault, PNoy says
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For President Benigno Aquino, it is neither him nor his administration that is subjecting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda to politicking.

Lacson to Tacloban officials: Set aside politics, cooperate
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Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson is appealing to local officials in Tacloban, Leyte and other Yolanda-hit areas to set aside politics and cooperate in rehabilitation efforts.

Romualdez blasts turnover of houses on Yolanda anniv
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 Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez on Thursday accused the national government of grandstanding for turning over 122 houses to Yolanda survivors in Tacloban exactly one year after the super typhoon hit the country.

FIFA to install $0.5-M turf in Tacloban
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The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has revealed that a new artificial turf will be installed by the International Football Federation (FIFA) in storm-ravaged Tacloban.

Romualdez: Lacson should resign as rehab czar
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Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez wants Panfilo Lacson to resign as "Yolanda" rehabilitation czar.

Calling for an end to political bickering, Romualdez also wants Lacson to explain what happened to the P6-billion rehabilitation fund for Tacloban.

Climate walk in Norway marked Yolanda's 1st anniversary
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Photo by Macel Ingles

Filipinos in Drammen commemorated the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda by holding a climate walk in the city of Drammen last Saturday (November 8), on the same day the Philippine Climate walk reached Tacloban.

Miss Universe Organization helping Yolanda survivors
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The Miss Universe Beauty Pageant is the “Superbowl” to many Filipino fans.

Having recognized that the Philippines is home to their biggest and most passionate fans, Miss Universe Organization (MSO) President Paula Shugart said helping the victims and survivors of typhoon Yolanda is their way of giving back to Filipino supporters.

'Yolanda' survivors look forward to Pope's visit
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Leyte is included in the Pope's official itinerary and super typhoon ''Yolanda'' survivors are looking forward to the historic visit.

Yolanda survivors keep hope and faith alive ahead of Christmas
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Leyte is anticipating Pope Francis' historic visit to the province, and "Yolanda" survivors there are keeping hope and faith alive ahead of Christmas.

Warays learn citizen journalism
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Dumayo ang Bayan Mo, i-Patrol Mo sa Samar para ituro sa bagong Bayan Patrollers ang citizen journalism.

Councilors twit Romualdez: Lack of aid untrue
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Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr.

Majority of councilors in Tacloban are urging Tacloban Mayor Alfredo Romualdez to stop bickering and to start cooperating with the national government in helping victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

Tacloban stop seen as highlight of Pope visit
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When Pope Francis visits the Yolanda-ravaged town of Palo in Leyte next year, he will not just be meeting with typhoon survivors but will also pay his respects to the dead.

Pope to have lunch with 30 Yolanda, quake victims
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Thirty survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake will have a lunch date with Pope Francis when he visits Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte on Jan. 17.

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