Yolanda, a year later

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One year after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated beautiful Bantayan Island (Cebu, Philippines), a young boy goes to school as the townsfolk try to live a normal life amid the tents they still call home. Photo by Rey-ar Reyes

VISAYAS, PHILIPPINES – As the date approaches marking one year since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines, thousands of people in the Visayas region are still living in tents and struggling to recover. The Category-5 cyclone devastated several cities on November 8, 2013, killing more than 6,200 people and more than 1,000 are still missing. Yolanda is considered the strongest storm to ever make landfall and is unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.

Palawan voted top island destination

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Idyllic Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Rey-ar Reyes

PHILIPPINES –  The US edition of Condè Nast Traveler Magazine named Palawan as their 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for top island destination. The results of the voting were announced on the magazines web site on October 20.