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    Posted November 5, 2014 by
    Niena
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    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Photo essays: Your stories in pictures

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    Remembering the Faces of Haiyan "Yolanda"

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     As the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan approaches on November 8, the emotions are still raw for Philippines expat Niena Sevilla. After the typhoon made landfall, it was two days before she heard anything from her son, mother and brother, who all live in Palompon on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Sevilla left the Philippines in 2006 for a new job in Saudi Arabia.

    “The feeling is still fresh and the worry, even as I’m talking to you, I’m shaking,” she told CNN iReport. “I was watching on CNN when the news was cut off. By the time the line was cut off, I knew that something was wrong.”

    Sevilla finally visited her family in April 2014. She spent part of her trip volunteering for a non-profit her cousin created, which is called Bangon, Tinabangay Palompon. It’s an NGO aimed at helping far flung communities affected by the typhoon, according to the group’s site. Here is a collection of her photos of the aftermath from April, a few months after the typhoon hit.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer


    On the 8th of November 2014, an “Ecumenical Worship Prayer Service” , “Noise Barrage” and other activities will be held in my hometown, Palompon Leyte, to commemorate the 1st year anniversary of the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

     

    One year ago on the 9th of November, I am one of those Filipinos whose life turned upside down. During the aftermath, there were no immediate answers as to what had happened to our families. Prayers, faith and strength were the only weapons we carried and I shared my sentiments on http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1058388.

     

    To grace this emotional event with my fellowmen, I want to share the different portraits showing different faces of hope and resilience of the survivors and the love and generosity of friends and strangers from around the world.
    We will always remember the people who did not make it and always pray for the recovery of the survived families who are still grieving.
    Photos were taken during my annual vacation from April-May 2014, few months after the devastation.
    Photo # 1 – It’s one of our town’s oldest houses. I was surprised that after 3 months, even if it is slanted and about to fall off, it is still untouched. I did not have the chance to ask the owner or the neighbors. This was taken during the “Colour Walk” , one of the highlights of "Abre Grande" (Grand Opening) during Easter Sunday.
    Photo # 2 – Easter Sunday 2014 – Abre Grande after the “Colour Walk”, one of the highlights of the event – My son’s friends enjoying their moments.
    Photo # 3 - Easter Sunday 2014 - – Abre Grande after the “Colour Walk”, one of the highlights of the event
    Photo # 4 – Easter Sunday 2014 – Abre Grande during the Blessing of Liberty Park(after restoration), one of the highlights of the event.
    Photo # 5 - Photo # 8 – Charitable Works
    As one of the Ambassadors of the Universal Flag Peace Movement, I volunteered to help the BTP community. These random photos were taken during our survey and distribution of the construction materials in some of the coastal areas and small villages in town. I am proud to say that our Local Government Unit and its officials deserve to be praised for a job well done. There are many non-government organizations who are assisting the survivors and BTP is one of them. BTP reaches out to people who have not received an assistance from the government as not all are lucky enough and it is beyond the control of the local government.
    BTP - Bangon Tinabangay Palompon https://www.facebook.com/bangontinabangaypalompon, a non-government organization that helps far flung communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) , BTP Cause & SAVE ME Movement, partnering with #BangonPalompon,#PadayonPalompon.

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