Baybay, Roxas City — Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath


After Typhoon Yolanda hit Roxas City on November 8, 2013, all communication was down.  Electricity was down, telephone service was down — both land line and cellular, Internet consequently was unavailable.  Our first thoughts, in Manila and even in the United States, were — was everyone OK? how much damage was done? Because of the blackout of information, no one knew the extend of the damage in our homes.  We were starting to hear about Tacloban — the devastation and the agonizing wait for aid and relief because of the utter enormity of the damage wrought by the super typhoon.

What about Capiz?  Roxas City?  Baybay?

For a day we were in the dark.  Finally, the following day, Nov 9th, we started to receive pictures of the devastation.  Our focus was on our homes first.  As with any calamity,  you look out for your family first.  Our thoughts were with the family, our kasambahays, our close friends.  These are the first photos we received.

Galen S. Altavas

Galen Altavas has worked in both the private and public sectors both in the Philippines and the United States, as a rural banker, fishpond operator, marketing manager, financial analyst, IT manager and IT project manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA in Finance from the Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He resides in Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines and Seattle, WA.