Tatang Constancio: The Survivor

About 4 months ago, I submitted an article to Oxfam Blogs about  Tatang Constancio, a 79-year old farmer who was one of the recipients of the Cash for Asset Recovery project in Dulag, Leyte. In the course of the Haiyan tragedy, Tatang Constancio helplessly watched the super typhoon devastate the … [Read more...]

I Swear I’m Up To A Lot Of Good

As my stint in Tacloban City for the Haiyan Response and Recovery draws near to an end, I can’t help but feel the usual pang of excitement. Not because I can’t wait to drop everything and move on, but because I have always been obsessed with what I considered as the bigger questions like What’s … [Read more...]

Davao Burger Challenge

It all started a year ago when my personal facebook account was still alive and I can still exchange banters with my closest friends over the most elementary of stuff. On one particular day, I was doing the usual salivation over my favorite food – burger. No, I’m not talking about the “walking” … [Read more...]

What Next?

The biggest challenge that development workers are confronting seven months after Haiyan struck is finding durable solutions – durable in a sense that people reside in permanent shelters, that they have access to sustainable livelihood and education, that their rights to survival is not hampered by … [Read more...]

Amer: Juander Where You Are

How does one react to a friend’s death? How does one get used to the idea of using ‘was’ instead of ‘is’ when you talk about the person who you thought will outlive you? What do you do with the thousand memories you shared with this person, most especially the ones created at a time in your lives … [Read more...]