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A Dream Comes True

Written by Uro Tahup Photos by Veejay Villafranca A dream project finally came true last Sunday morning, Sept. 6, 2015 through the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities’ (iCSC) Solar Scholars Project. A dream project which I’ve been imagining and playing in my mind for almost two years, since I first learned the stories of how Marabutnons took shelter inside big caves from Super Storm Yolanda. A dream project arising …Read More

Standing on Both Feet

She walked from the far end of the buffet table to the folding table nearest to me. I watched her as she placed her coffee mug and the plate of puto and moron on the table and slowly positioned herself comfortably on her seat. I noticed that she can stand straight only with one leg while the other was supported by a cane she held in her right hand. But …Read More

A Decade of Clean Energy Talks

How far have we gone and where are we leading to after a decade of efforts to put together into one room the minds of the government, market stakeholders, technology players, academe, media, development partners and both local and international organizations? Monday, June 14, kicked off the 10th Asia Clean Energy Forum at the ADB grounds in Ortigas, Pasig City. The parade of different nationalities getting themselves registered at ADB …Read More

Clear Skies

By May-i Fabros Sketchy. This was how some of the locals described the neighborhood of the Re-Charge Tacloban facility. Number 58 Burgos Street, Barangay 33, Tacloban City. Located at the side of Burgos near the area where Yolanda parked 8 ships, and washed away the houses in Anibong, the community that occupies the sea wall. Beside the facility is an abandoned car wash, across it a building that survived the …Read More

Tacloban City: building back healthier

As an ex-personal trainer I have always loved the atmosphere of a gym.  The perspiration, the determination and the endorphins. Tacloban’s Quick Fits gym is no exception. The owner, Allen Patano, has owned the gym since 2004 and his clientele has grown ever since.  Bouncing back after Yolanda, Allen invested in 100% new cardio equipment which he believes has expanded his business and attracted wider range of members. As I …Read More

Discussions over an Avocado Smoothie

I recently had a meal with Rei Panaligan from Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an NGO that works on protecting communities from the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining.  His current work however, is with a  program that aims to provide livelihood opportunities to the people particularly affected by Yolanda.  The meal was washed down with an avocado smoothie which was absolutely delicious (in case you were wondering).  But what is far …Read More

The rise of hipster culture in Tacloban

I’ve been living in Tacloban City for a month now and since then have witnessed new restaurants and cafés popping up everywhere, and I couldn’t wait to try them all.  Yep, I’m a foodie.  I love café culture and, if you can keep a secret, I’m also a bit of a hipster*. With every second café, restaurant, and bar having a ‘Help wanted’ sign, Tacloban’s food industry and employment opportunities …Read More

Four things you didn’t know about post-Yolanda Tacloban

Tacloban City—Yolanda, Yolanda, Yolanda. In Tacloban, it’s still what people talk about. Yolanda remains a household word, an explanation, a prompt, and a meme—if you will—outside the Internet, offline, IRL. After all, the world’s strongest typhoon on record has changed the Eastern Visayas capitol in ways both profound and mundane. Below is a list of things you may want to know about the city seven months after Yolanda decimated it. …Read More

How Naning, a mobile bar, solved a coño problem in Tacloban

MANILA–Jacques Palami had something of a coño problem, the term used to describe the concerns that ail the Philippines’ upper crust. He wanted a drink. Except that he had wanted it at the worst possible time and the worst possible place. It was December 2013 and he was in Tacloban, two months after supertyphoon Yolanda killed thousands, inside and outside the city. At that time, Tacloban’s streets were still littered …Read More