Dispatches from an Upturned Place

Anecdotes galore before and after Super Typhoon Yolanda (1) Super typhoon Yolanda brought out the best and the worst in men. Whether the monster was man-made–as some people aver–it was a HUGE laboratory with which to observe the effects of the most powerful cyclone in history on people and the environment. o November 7, a…

Paradise Regained: A Manifesto for Guinarona

A catastrophe of biblical proportions–that’s the visitation of Supertyphoon Yolanda to Leyte and Samar, November 8, 2013–thousands of deaths, unimaginable devastation, famine and hunger. Even the mountains appear burned. A forlorn and desolate landscape, indeed–hence a defining moment, a watershed event in the history of the world. Background Guinarona is a quasi-town in Leyte. Philippines…

Subtle Signs Before Supertyphoon Yolanda

A catastrophe of biblical proportions–that’s the visitation of Supertyphoon Yolanda to Leyte and Samar, November 8, 2013–thousands of deaths, unimaginable devastation, famine and hunger.  Even the mountains appear burned.  A forlorn and desolate landscape, indeed–hence a defining moment, a watershed event in the history of the world.  Guinarona After Yolanda (1) Gunarona After ST Yolanda…

And No, We Won’t Go Gentle Into the Good Night

Or The Monumental Razing of Guinarona by Supertyphoon Yolanda (International code, Haiyan) Epic, horrendous, terrifying–we can exhaust all the superlatives of the English language to describe the power and punch of Supertyphoon Yolanda, which made a landfall in Dulag, Leyte, at 6:30 a.m., November 8, 2013. On the map, Dulag is opposite Guinarona and Burauen,…