Travel Blogs from Palo, Leyte, Philippines

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As Days Pass By, Palo, Philippines travel blog

As Days Pass By

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... nearly 70 people in Colorado this weekend for a Bowling Event that raised over $2,000 dollars for the GoAbroad Foundation Philippines Rebuilding Efforts. A Catholic Church in the U.S. raised funds to build two homes in Cangumbang thanks to the efforts of ...

Life Goes On, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Life Goes On

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Hi Everyone, And as the saying goes, Life goes on, and truly it does. Despite every challenge and obstacle, the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan push forward with incredible determination and optimism. The miracle of survival and life is apparent as enjoy ...

The Future is Still Bright, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Future is Still Bright

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... in Cangumbang. Another handful of children graduated from the primary school, and will now attend classes at the elementary school in Palo.    As I stood amidst the rubble of their schools and each of them walked across the stage with smiling ...

Overwhelming Energy, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Overwhelming Energy

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Hello Everyone, On Wednesday night, as usual, I visited the center as the sun completed its work for the day. Carter, Brandon, and I headed out to Cangumbang, equipped with peanuts and bread filled with coconut for the kids. They were a bit out of ...

Blessings & Anticipation, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Blessings & Anticipation

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... Everyone, As the week began my heart was filled with dread as a tropical depression grew southeast of the Philippines and its path continued to turn directly towards Leyte. The roof of the center won't be installed until next week, and I couldn't bear ...

Absolutely Crazy Visit, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Absolutely Crazy Visit

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... to make "Ladys Choice" sandwiches like they wanted. Ladys Choice is a type of sandwich spread they have here in the Philippines. After downing two loaves of bread and a whole jar of Ladys choice their energy continued. I headed downstairs to give Nanay ...

A Special Day for Jon-Jon, Palo, Philippines travel blog

A Special Day for Jon-Jon

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Monday I ventured to Cangumbang after work to celebrate my little Jon-Jon's 5th birthday! The kids told me his birthday was on Sunday, so I promised them on Saturday that I would come out on Monday night to bring some cake and a gift for Jon-Jon. Their ...

Never Take A Moment For Granted, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Never Take A Moment For Granted

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... new year. Only 6 more to go! Thank you to my two newest sponsors! :) To Learn some more about my time in the Philippines and how I ended up where I am today, Read my Interview on GoAbroad.com:  http://www.goabroad.com/author/elsa-thomasma/interview ...

Easter in Cangumbang, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Easter in Cangumbang

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Hi Everyone, After construction was delayed for an entire week due to unfortunate heavy rains followed by the Easter holiday, our awaited large Easter Blessing ceremony was postponed. Instead of the center's "re-blessing" ceremony, I just planned some ...

Girl's Day-A Celebration of Mary's Birthday, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Girl's Day-A Celebration of Mary's Birthday

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Hello Everyone, This weekend we have a lovely, girly celebration of Mother Mary's birthday with our first official Girl's Day in Cangumbang. Three of my friends came out with me to pamper the girls with a hair salon, nail salon, and make up station! When ...

Even One is Enough To Help, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Even One is Enough To Help

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Hello Everyone, The past week and a half has been very happy at the center. Lots of giggling and laughing, and little too much energy and noise at times...as can be expected with 50 children on a Saturday afternoon. We watched a movie two Saturdays ago, ...

The Balloon Game, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Balloon Game

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WOW!  This week has been a crazy week, and I guess I let time run away from me as it is Friday already and I am just sitting down to write about Saturday... We started the day hanging up the art work from previous weeks, and new colored pencil ...

The Most Beautiful Day Thus Far, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Most Beautiful Day Thus Far

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... . Just as the priest arrived, one of the staff members from the Mayor's office also arrived to inform me that the Mayor of Palo was coming but would be tardy. I quickly changed my shirt and brushed my hair before addressing both of them. Next thing I ...

The Dental Workshop, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Dental Workshop

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Hello Everyone, Saturday we help our first big event at the center, our very first Dental Workshop. My friend Carter from home and Annie, my coworker visiting from our US office, have both worked as dental assistants in the past. So together they put ...

Nothing Can Stop Me Now, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Nothing Can Stop Me Now

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... The sun is shining more and more each day, warming everyone's skin and revealing yet again the true beauty of the Philippines, and especially Cangumbang. Enjoy some amazing photos by Ardie Lopez, who was our photographer during a Relief/Charity Event last ...

Do Not Let Them Be Forgotten, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Do Not Let Them Be Forgotten

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... of Leyte still has immense needs. Today I ask you to please spread the word about the tragic event that struck the Philippines nearly 4 months ago. Share my blog. Invite people to donate to the GoAbroad Foundation and support our ongoing recovery efforts ...

Two Weeks of Gleeful Play, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Two Weeks of Gleeful Play

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... every time I visit the center it rains, but maybe that's just because the rainy season is still looming over the Philippines. Last Sunday I visited the center, and arrived to a screaming swarm of children. They were holding their first dance practice ...

Preparing for the Blessing, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Preparing for the Blessing

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Hello Everyone, This Sunday I spent the entire afternoon in Cangumbang, talking with the children about the blessing, checking out the progress, and encouraging them to practice the dances they have been preparing for this coming Friday. Sunday was also ...

Construction Begins, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Construction Begins

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No April Fool's Joke this year! Construction has truly begun in Cangumbang today! I am so elated to share the amazing news. The past few weeks have been extremely busy for me, especially after being slowed down for almost two weeks with various ...

Excitement and Eggs, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Excitement and Eggs

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... by 30 eggs, to make the egg salad for sandwiches (as requested by one of the children). After boiling all of them I headed to Palo to the market to buy the remaining things. My friend Rachel joined me for her first visit back since I left in May as ...

The Difficult Reality, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Difficult Reality

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Hello Everyone  Once I took a step away from the situation, a literal escape to nearby islands where life was virtually going on as if nothing had happened, the gravity of the work to be done was somewhat overwhelming. And now as the one month ...

Cracks of Thunder, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Cracks of Thunder

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Hello Everyone,Again on Wednesday, I was off to Cangumbang after work. Brandon tagged along with me again to get some fresh air and time with the kids after a long day of work. Yet again, we arrived in Cangumbang as the sun was nearly set, I just can't ...

There Will Someday, Palo, Philippines travel blog

There Will Someday

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... with wind gusts that were enough to send chills down survivor's spines. A low pressure system sat lazily over the island of Leyte for one full week, festering fears of typhoon development by the hour. Finally on Sunday and Monday there was a break in the ...

Opening Up to the Camera, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Opening Up to the Camera

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Hello Everyone, The children had a special treat today, as my coworker Brandon a Video intern with GoAbroad decided to come do some filming in Cangumbang. The kids were shy in front of the video camera at first, but by the end were making faces and ...

The Rain Continues, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Rain Continues

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Hi Everyone, The rain is persistently terrorizing all the communities still recovering from the storm. Please keep the prayers coming! Cangumbang is still underwater, I am going to try to visit today and bring firewood and supplies with the help of the ...

My First Quick Visit, Palo, Philippines travel blog

My First Quick Visit

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... around 5:30 pm I decided to venture to Cangumbang despite a day full of rain and a sun that was quickly setting. As I got to Palo it began to pour down rain for the twenteth time, rainy season is truly here. I ran to the Cangumbang habel-habel area and ...

The Holidays in Cangumbang, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Holidays in Cangumbang

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Hi Everyone, I am safely back in the Philippines and of course happy to be in my element once again. I must say my element is not snowy, cold Michigan weather, I do love the warm weather quite a bit more. Though for the past few days the rain has been ...

Rain, Rain Go Away, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Rain, Rain Go Away

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Hello Everyone, The rain began on Saturday and is still going strong this afternoon. The low pressure area is heading north but Cangumbang is already flooded. I visited yesterday to bring the kids egg sandwiches and make sure the construction supplies ...

The Meaning of Support, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Meaning of Support

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... so many other friends, family, and strangers spent time preparing fundraisers, sharing stories on social media, or just mentioning the Philippines needs in conversations with friends or at dinner tables. All of this support humbles me and keeps me going ...

Bonding Time, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Bonding Time

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Hi Everyone,   I took some time this past weekend to strategically surprise my kids. I waited until around 3:30pm and then my friend Rachel, along with Maila our new VFV Staff from Cangumbang, and I headed to Cangumbang. The kids never expect me at ...

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