Paradise Regained: A Manifesto for Guinarona

Development templates for Guinarona


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 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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