Dispatches from an Upturned Place


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Anecdotes galore before and after Super Typhoon Yolanda (1)

Super typhoon Yolanda brought out the best and the worst in men. Whether the monster was man-made–as some people aver–it was a HUGE laboratory with which to observe the effects of the most powerful cyclone in history on people and the environment.

o November 7, a day before Yolanda’s arrival, Eufemia Magcuro decided to wait it out at his son Nolan’s house near the Coke plant at Marasbaras, Tacloban City. All the while, she was thinking that Tacloban would be safer than Guinarona when it comes to a Category 5 typhoon. When Yolanda struck in the morning of November 8, they were huddled inside the house as the fierce winds roared and made deafening noises. Then one by one the house supports began to give way and water–deep, dark, dirty and foreboding–rushed inside up to the second floor. Then a loud…

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Paradise Regained: A Manifesto for Guinarona


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A catastrophe of biblical proportions–that’s the visitation of Supertyphoon Yolanda to Leyte and Samar, November 8, 2013–thousands of deaths, unimaginable devastation, famine and hunger. Even the mountains appear burned. A forlorn and desolate landscape, indeed–hence a defining moment, a watershed event in the history of the world.

Background

Guinarona is a quasi-town in Leyte. Philippines having been a parish of 16 barrios since 1971.  The center of the parish is Guinarona Proper, with its San Pascual Baylon Parish Church and Shrines.

A beautiful and prosperous enclave, until supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Leyte and Samar, with monstrous sustained winds of 195 miles per hour.  Along with the other places in Leyte,  Guinarona was razed to the ground.  

A Template for Rebuilding

While international groups and the national and local governments have instituted relief efforts, these are only good for the short term.  What is important is collective and sustained actions…

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Subtle Signs Before Supertyphoon Yolanda


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A catastrophe of biblical proportions–that’s the visitation of Supertyphoon Yolanda to Leyte and Samar, November 8, 2013–thousands of deaths, unimaginable devastation, famine and hunger.  Even the mountains appear burned.  A forlorn and desolate landscape, indeed–hence a defining moment, a watershed event in the history of the world.  Guinarona After Yolanda (1)Gunarona After ST Yolanda (2)

As with any historical and epic event, both in society and in one’s life, the universe gives off signs–some subtle and others blatant–suggesting that something big is forthcoming. Only that, sometimes, the interpretation of such signs comes after the fact, i.e. the eureka moment or the epiphany as it were. Being sensitive and appreciative of signs, we have cataloged the following signs prior to the big bang, i.e. Supertyphoon Yolanda.

  • The disappearance of San Pascual Baylon’s century old icon (which, as of this writing, has not been recovered) in mid-June 2010. Being known…

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