Eastern Samar

Some photos and pics from my first trip to Eastern Samar for the EMMA. Mostly around Guiuan – a tiny peninsula poking out into the enormous pacific ocean….

Out and about at the Eastern Samar State University campus (ESSU), which is also home to the UN Hub for the region, as well as a tent city for people who’s homes were completely destroyed:


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The UN/WFP hub:



Lots of abandoned desks and chairs from the remains of the university classrooms

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The view from our hotel on a nice sunny morning:

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Hilarious signs in the toilets:

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I still love all the awesome names Filipinos have:


Cockerels with the most incredible colouring:

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What used to be the airport in Guiuan:


So in other words just drive up to the runway and wait for the plane to show up!

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The ESSU campus & UN hub from the air….

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You can see the extent of the storm surge (and which direction the wave came from) from the black sand/silt dumped onto the land.




Dear god I hope all that smoke coming out of the cockpit is normal!


Thousands of felled coconut trees look like matchsticks from the air…


Circling Tacloban City

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Rice fields near Tacloban have been cleared ready for planting

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Taking cheeky pictures of the UNHAS pilots – my colleague made me promise I would!



1 thought on “Eastern Samar

  1. My oficemates and I were one of ure passengers in your flight last January 24 tacloban-cebu during your operations after typhoon yolanda,as i was searching for somthing i accidentally viewed your post.i just want to say hi and thank you for the ride.munchkin from the Philippines ;airport hub

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