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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

Solar Scholars Training Program Goes to Marabut

It was a lovely sunny day by the beach.  All the drowsiness from the early morning trip from Tacloban to Marabut were wiped off by the beautiful view of the rock formations, islets resembling Coron’s, and the waves that roll in from the Leyte Gulf. The limestone walls were calling out to us “climb me!” since it has been days since I last touched the holds of our local climbing gym, …Read More

Empowering the Women of Samar

Commencing our day with ground coffee from Benguet, chocolate moron from Abuyog, and puto cheese from Tacloban, the ladies of PKKK (Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan) communities in Basey and Marabut Samar arrived at the RE-Charge facility morning of September 4. They were the second batch of our Solar Scholars basic training program.  Sitting in for the first day of training were our RE-Charge Staff and representatives from the …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

An endless faith

By Prune Irolla and Mathieu Bonvoisin Though we read it and heard about it everywhere, we can say from our own experience now: Filipinos are so welcoming. From our first day in Tacloban, we were invited to birthdays, baptisms, parties… even if we knew the people for just about an hour or less. They really want you to feel at home, and it worked pretty well for us. Through their …Read More

Tamis ng Unang Halik

By: May-i Fabros At the tarmac, Reina points to the newly replaced glass windows and the repainted walls of the terminal. Seemingly, Tacloban was back on its feet, the only traces of Yolanda were the cargo containers and tents that remained. A loud cheer and clapping by a row of men in blue eager to be of service welcomed us, “Porter po ma’am.” Normally I carry my own luggage, living …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

Everything you wanted to know about Tacloban’s ‘No Build Zone’ but are afraid to ask

Tacloban City—Two questions: What exactly is the No Build Zone? And why was it imposed on Tacloban’s coasts? Clearly, the latter isn’t as easy to answer as the former. After all, when environment and public works officials put up their “No Build Zone” signs in February, they cited presidential decree 1067, issued in 1976. Under the decree, also known as the Water Code, the government allotted public space along the …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

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