Dateline: Tacloban, Six months after Typhoon Haiyan

It’s been quite a while since I have revisited typhoon devastated Tacloban City. I was hoping on documenting it’s rise from devastation.
A couple of weeks back, just before the 6 month after typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck and destroyed a large swath of the area, I was commissioned to do some video work for the UN’s Farm and Agriculture Organization. Below is the finished short.

May 2014
Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the central Philippines on 8 November 2013, destroying some 600 000 hectares of farmland and leaving tens of thousands of farmers without a source of income, severely threatening their food security.

Thanks to an immediate response by the international community, the Department of Agriculture and FAO were able to assist tens of thousands of rice farmers quickly restore and replant their devastated fields in the wake of the disaster, working closely with the national government at all levels. Within weeks of the disaster, FAO, the Department of Agriculture and their partners, began distributing certified rice seeds and urea fertilizer to severely affected farmers, reaching 80 000 families in time for the December/January planting season.

Some have already gathered their crops, others will be doing so over the coming weeks and into early June, giving farmers hope for the future and kick-starting their recovery.

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A midsummer Night’s Dream



Woke up at 2:30 am due to extreme hot weather conditions so I went down to have a drink of ice-cold water, browsed the internet and saw this article about a trusty camera that another photographer has.
I’ve always been amazed at how other people have managed to keep their cameras pristinely clean and shiny…I don’t know, maybe I am just a camera slob but look at images of the first Fujifilm mirrorless camera I ever had. Bought it about 3-4 years ago as a Christmas present to myself after being frustrated with the rising prices of film. I was accumulating about 60 rolls of films I shot with my M4-2 and I haven’t even processed the rolls.In short, the process from shooting to seeing images became a long and tedious process for me and I was shooting voraciously in the streets.
Now back to the trusty old X100… long story short, It was unfortunate that the unit I owned, suffered from the sticky shutter syndrome.I could not shoot my X100 in any mode other than fully automatic and aperture priority with the opening set on F2.0 only. Otherwise, all my images will be over-exposed.
Imagine lugging around a PHP 57K camera for a couple of years, way past the warranty period and the local distributor whom I bought it from kept promising me that they would repair it…until I got tired and accepted it’s fate.So for two long years, I shot all kinds of stuff…from news to street photography and even multimedia stories with it…from Abra to Mindanao and all on fully automatic mode. Luckily, the exposure compensation dial of the X100 was conveniently located near my right thumb and ever-ready for exposure adjustments.
This trusty old camera with the most wonderfully sharp lens and hybrid optical system is a classic so I held on to it . One day, Fujifilm came to our shores and set up it’s corporate headquarters in Makati. One year after they came, my X100 got a shot in the arm and was repaired free of charge and thanks to their Technical Manager Richard Maranga. It still lives, my X100 despite having been reinforced by his big brother XPro-1, an equally trusty camera.
So the story goes on… till the next hot summer night.






See also:

A Camera Built To Endure Klutzes: The Fuji X-Pro 1