On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, (locally named as Yolanda) the strongest storm ever to make landfall, swept through 9 central Philippines, which is home to 242,000 inhabitants. Three years on, s after the onslaught that caused massive loss of lives and property, the University of San Carlos (USC) Press held a Book Talk, Signing and a Photo Exhibit on November 8, 2016 at The Gallery, of Ayala Center Cebu.
Written by Lucien Letaba, “Haiyan Aftermath: Images and Stories of Recovery in Samar and Leyte” is a memorial of the strongest typhoon at landfall in history and a fête of the resilience of the human spirit. Twenty-five (25) selected photographs selected from this 242-page book are on exhibit from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, 2016 as well.
In a nutshell, the book reexamines the catastrophe in recent recorded history. It endeavors to show the more positive course- by knowing how up-to-date efforts towards recovery and reconstruction are taking form in the areas affected by the country’s worst-ever disaster that will be forever be etched in memory.
Supplemented by gripping images taken by no less that the expert camerawork of three featured professional photographers, the book is a new endeavor at ascertaining the plans and activities that were commenced in the direct post-disaster period while emphasizing the recovery and rebuilding pains by all stakeholders.
The book contains of six chapters covering the various sectors, from the local government units (LGUs), health, church, livelihood and enterprise, arts to the local and international non-goverment organizations (NGOs/I-NGOs).
The outline was envisioned to allow the reader to get an “on all sides of view” of the recovery landscape through a multi-faceted glimpse of life after Haiyan in the covered areas of Tanauan, Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, Basey and Guiuan in Samar.Haiyan Aftermath: Images and Stories of Recovery in Samar and Leyte consents the reader to embark on an indirect lecture of the people’s struggle for survival and hope in the aftermath of a disaster.