Entering Tacloban City

Day 28: Perceptions of a Relief Worker

Though locally, people were shocked beyond belief by the destruction, and understandably so, one would think Humanitarian Relief Workers, who have seen multiple disasters in their lifetime, would find the aftermath of a disaster to be somewhat routine. However, for relief workers arriving in Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan, the devastation appeared anything but routine, as did […]


Day 26: The Power of Minutes

In less than 500 minutes, the lives of millions of people were changed forever. Minutes altered the landscape of the mountains. Minutes made the sea into a monster. Each minute a child lost a parent and a parent lost a child. Each minute someone lost the love of their lives.  In mere minutes, millions of people lost […]

Anibong May 2014

Day 25: Determined to Save his Family

As November 8th approached, Herme’s anxiety rose and the signs that this storm may not be like all the rest were jumping out at him right and left. Despite his best reasoning, his wife refused to evacuate before the typhoon so Herme prepared for the worst. With two small children, his wife had just given […]


Day 23: Reflecting on Loss

For Day 23 of our 30 Days of Typhoon Yolanda series, we share with you excerpts from a powerful reflection from Joanna, a young woman who has much to say about surviving and moving past November 8th, 2013. “It has been a year since super typhoon Haiyan ravaged our beloved city…I will never forget what […]

Day 19: So Much Life to Live

At just 19 years old, she had so much life to live when Typhoon Yolanda came bursting into her life. Her 20th birthday was just 2 months away and she was a year away from graduating college. Though the thought of such an immense storm sparked a bit of anxiety, she had no idea the […]

Day 12: The Lasting Impact

Before the Typhoon Joel lived with his wife and daughter in Palo. Though their home was not directly on the sea, they still experienced a great deal of damage to their home along with intense flooding. Luckily, Joel’s car, which he had purchased not long before the typhoon, was not destroyed in the storm and […]

Day 10: Unimaginable Flooding

Today we share with you a story from Pinky, a young woman who survived Typhoon Yolanda despite her entire family being faced with unimaginable flooding that submerged their neighborhood. “Tanauan is a coastal town in Eastern Visayas about 18 kilometers from Tacloban City. This is my home town where I grew up together with my […]


Day 9: After Typhoon Haiyan

A picture is worth a thousand words, but photos of life after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged through the Philippines only begin to do the experiences of survivors justice. As you view these photos, we encourage you to examine them as if they were your own. Imagine yourself returning to your home, school, or city, and finding it in literal pieces.

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Day 7: Stories of Survival – Storya.ph Launches

As one of the only IT companies in Tacloban City, GoAbroad.com‘s Philippines Office felt a strong desire to help provide an online platform to unite survivors and help their stories be heard after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ravaged through their city killing thousands, and leaving millions homeless including the staff themselves. Though years from now, INGOs, […]