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Palompon after Yolanda (Haiyan)


In one of the rooms at Palompon Elementary School, these words were framed:


Paglilingkod | Pagmamalasakit

Ang pagmamalasakit at paglilingkod ay kusang pagbibigay ng ating sariling kakayahan na maaaring material, moral, at ispiritwal sa ating kapwa lalo na sa mga kapus-palad at nangangailangan. 

I took a quick trip to Palompon with Levi, a friend from work. Here are some photos of Palompon after Yolanda.

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Jona of Backpacking with a Book

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  1. Great photos — they clearly send the message without needing any word. To see the effects of this tragedy is both devastating and humbling. You can’t but feel sympathetic at the sight of their plight, but you will most certainly be moved by the strength and resilience they are showing. The photo of people drying up their books is simply moving, beyond words. Thank you for sharing this article.

  2. jamiz says:

    Nice pics! thanks for featuring my devastated hometown. 🙂

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