The San Juanico Bridge is the longest bridge in the Philippines. It was built sometime in 1973 when I was still in college. It’s a beautiful bridge connecting the two provinces of Samar and Leyte. Together with my family, we were able to cross this bridge for the first time when we traveled by land all the way from Davao City to Angeles City and back. So we passed by that bridge twice. It was a grand trip for the family and I drove the car alone without backup. I was younger then.
For the second time, about two weeks ago, I was again able to cross this bridge from Tacloban to Basey, Samar and then back to Tacloban on the same day. I heard it was damaged during the typhoon Yolanda but it’s now restored and repaired. It’s really amazing what man can do. It’s an engineering marvel.
Some two weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting Tacloban City ten months after it was devastated by typhoon Yolanda. As the multicab where I was riding slowed down due to traffic, an old man approached us begging for two pesos for his fare. He said he was a veteran and that he was now 96 years old. The driver jokingly replied that he only had a whole three pesos — no change haha! There’s actually no coin that is three pesos. He was just kidding. The driver actually gave him a 5-peso coin.
Whether he was truly a war veteran or not, I have no way of knowing. But one thing is sure, he surely is a senior citizen, an old man who has survived the worst typhoon ever. I wonder if he still has a family who’s taking care of him. Thousands lost their families during typhoon Yolanda. This photo of him will remind me of typhoon Yolanda and my visit there 10 months after the worst typhoon hit Tacloban.
Typhoon Yolanda Survivor Kids Wait for their Teacher
When I visited Tacloban City about two weeks ago, I also had the opportunity to see children waiting for their Sunday school teacher. While they were waiting, the kids asked me to take photos of them. Of course, I was glad they asked me to. These kids went through the horrifying typhoon Yolanda experience which devastated their city some ten months ago. These all came from the neighborhood within the vicinity of the Life Development Center of the Grace Communion International. These kids look happy despite their poverty and sorry situation.