Travel Blogs from Tacloban, Philippines

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Six Months of Challenges, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Six Months of Challenges

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... from small Sari-Sari stores out of family homes to the supermarket at Robinsons Mall to the local fish market in Tacloban. Families have received numerous forms of necessary relief goods related to clothing, hygiene, nutrition, and basic survival. And ...

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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... in San Jose (near the airport) and Magellanes (north of the Astrodome) await relocation to resettlement areas north of Tacloban, where permanent housing structures are being constructed. Boats, and ships for that matter, remain amidst homes in some ...

Tropical Storm Basyang, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Tropical Storm Basyang

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... tropical storm heads our way. Though still a low category typhoon, a level 2 in the southern part of Leyte and a level 1 here in Tacloban, anxiety levels are high and people are doing their best not to panic. Darkness has fallen and we are reminded of our ...

The Future is Still Bright, Palo, Philippines travel blog

The Future is Still Bright

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Hello Everyone, In the last week I attended four graduation ceremonies for the children in Cangumbang. With each ceremony I was reminded of how blessed we all are to be here. Nearly 5 months after the storm, and all of the children were able to graduate ...

Leaps & Bounds, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Leaps & Bounds

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Hi Everyone, First I must apologize for keeping so many individuals out of the loop for the past two weeks, but let me tell you the past two weeks have been a whirlwind for me. However, in the end I can easily see that the progress in Cangumbang has ...

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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Hi 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 ...

The Third Day, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

The Third Day

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Hello Everyone, Much like the day before, we spent the majority of the day searching for employees and friends, as well as trying to find food and water. The day was long, we awoke extremely early, and the night was long as we worried about what was ...

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 ...

Coming to Terms, Only the Beginning, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Coming to Terms, Only the Beginning

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Hello Everyone, The day after the storm was like an extension of the afternoon prior. We awoke with the sun, and surveyed the damage that encompassed us from every direction. We began a list of 80 employees and started checking off the people we could ...

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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... The manicures were by far the biggest hit, by 5 pm there were still girls who wanted to get one, but we had to retire to Tacloban after an exhausting day. But not before some dancing, sassy poses, and model walks. It was so great to see all the girls from ...

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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Hello Everyone, I write this blog two days after the official opening of the Cangumbang Center, which was held on Friday August, 23rd, yet my heart is still filled with joy and love for the community and every single person that helped make the ...

Funding A Child's Future, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Funding A Child's Future

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... need assistance and how you can create the scholarship you desire. Keep in mind that university costs a great deal less in the Philippines, so even a $20 scholarship can be a huge help to one of the children and their families. Thanks for all your ...

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 ...

Sunny Days, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Sunny Days

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Hello Everyone, We have had a beautiful week of weather following the anxiety provoking tropical storm that hit southern portion of Leyte. The kids seem more and more happy to be back at school, though clearly they still lack a great deal of necessary ...

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 ...

Finding A Way to Come to Terms, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Finding A Way to Come to Terms

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... I noticed his father nearby squatting by the curb, digging through the left over bags of garbage. Behind me stood the oldest church in Tacloban, and in front of me a person clearly in need of grace and humility. It is times like these that I cannot stand ...

Finishing Touches, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

Finishing Touches

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Hi Everyone, Though the center still stands with apparent scars of the typhoon's wrath, we have been happily preparing the center for the Blessing ceremony, making sure the essential finishing touches are completed to call it repaired. This weekend the ...

Construction Begins, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Construction Begins

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... the center, like the window grills and storm covers. Nearly 5 months has passed and there is still much to be done. Tacloban, and all the towns and villages affected by the typhoon, are trying hard to rebuild. In every neighborhood you can feel the ...

An Emotional Visit to Cangumbang, Tacloban, Philippines travel blog

An Emotional Visit to Cangumbang

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... two more to pick up at the airport still, and they were in fact going to be living with us and reporting throughout Tacloban. It was a good thing to hear after losing three of my close friends on the military plane, and considering the intensity that was ...

Excitement and Eggs, Palo, Philippines travel blog

Excitement and Eggs

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... great to spend some time with the kids and explore the center in the daylight. When I got up in the morning I headed downtown Tacloban to the market to by 30 eggs, to make the egg salad for sandwiches (as requested by one of the children). After boiling ...

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