10 Inspiring Photos Of Filipinos Who Survived Typhoon Yolanda

It’s been a year but the memories are still fresh in these photos.
posted on: Friday, November 7, 2014
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Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated the Philippines a year ago. It was one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded and destroyed everything on its path, killing almost 10,000 people.

Yolanda may have crushed lives and properties, but not the Filipinos’ resilience and hope:

The Philippine Flag still stands proud though torn by Yolanda.

Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

This photo was taken in Tacloban City a few days after Yolanda struck and leveled the city.


1. Though her house and belongings were lost, she still smiles…

UK Department for International Development

A woman smiles as she collects some UK-funded food supplies from a distribution point in the Dulag municipality of Leyte, Philippines.

“My house was badly damaged in the typhoon and we lost our belongings and most of our food. This food will help us because I now have enough to cook for my family”, she says.



2. Never abandon faith.

Photo by Jes Aznar/The New York Times

A mother managed to salvage an image of Mary after her house was destroyed. Photo taken in Tacloban.


3. This man’s shirt says it all. Never give up indeed.

Aaron Favila/AP

Another one…



4. We shall overcome.

AP via CNN

People in Tacloban march in the rain on November 19 during a procession calling for courage and resilience among survivors.


5. Smiles

Carlo Caracena via Cebu Provincial Government

Taken from Photo Contest. This photo won first prize.


6. “There’s a rainbow always after the rain” – Southborder


A appears above Typhoon Haiyan survivors desperate to catch a flight from the Tacloban airport in the Philippines.


7. No matter what happened, we still celebrate Christmas.

AP/Achmad Ibrahim

A giant with the colors of the Philippine flag is seen in a devastated area in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Mostly, Christmas is a celebration amid deprivation, in tents, makeshift homes and damaged churches in the city devastated by typhoon Yolanda.


8. Kids will be kids.


On the beaches of Tanauan, south of Tacloban City, many children are flying kites made of old cloth, or plastic bags. Tanauan was one of the areas hardest-hit by the typhoon. The majority of residents is still living in tents. Despite the hardships they endure, are trying to find a bit of normalcy again by creating games and toys from trash and debris.


9. Young survivors were hopeful and solemnly pray…


sent shoebox gifts to the Philippines to help children who were traumatized by the typhoon. Children were led in prayer before they received their gifts. For some, this was the hope they needed.


10. She might be too young to wholly understand her predicament…

WFP, Giulio Dadamo

This was taken 2 months after Yolanda devastated the Philippines. The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department () is funding the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to the most affected families, including supplementary feeding for children and pregnant and breast feeding women.


We can survive any calamities as long as we hold each other’s hands. Go Pinoy!