Maybe it was via cosmic providence that I happened to visit the remote town of Guiuan, Samar last October 25-30, 2013. Then come 4am November 8, 2013, this most powerful in recorded history making landfall Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda most probably destroys this ideal paradise land I was so enchanted with. I assume immense devastation due to all communications being cut off.
The people I met in Guiuan seemed all clue less as to how powerful typhoons could be. It seems in their generation or in recent memory, no destructive typhoon seems to have ever come. It’s not like Batanes islands where their structures are made to withstand constant battering, it seems this is the first time this generation of Guiuanans will first have a taste of devastation. What worries me is if these new friends I just recently met will survive at all.Continue Reading