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Photographer, Journalist Posts Images to Help Locate Loved Ones After Typhoon

By Hanssie on November 14th 2013

It’s been nearly a week since the Philippines was hit was by Typhoon Haiyan (aka Typhoon Yolanda), killing thousands and destroying entire cities. Power and phone lines are still down, making it difficult to locate loved ones.

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While thousands are without basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and medicine, many of those people are still hoping to find out if family and friends made it through safely.

Photographer Uses Social Media to Help

One photographer in Manila, John Javellana, has been using his Facebook and Twitter accounts to share images of survivors still searching for families to let them know that they are alive. Using handwritten notes or tablets, survivors are hoping that someone will recognize them and pass the information onto their families who are surely anxiously awaiting to hear about their whereabouts. He has also been posting heartbreaking photos  of the devastation he sees as he makes his way throughout each region.


Image Courtesy of: John Javallana


Image Courtesy of: John Javallana


Image Courtesy of: John Javallana

Journalist Posting Handwritten Notes

Jiggy Manicad, a journalist from GMA, a news network in the Philippines , has been posting handwritten notes on the GMA Network website. On scraps of paper, notepads and cardboard, hastily scribbed messages, sometimes using crayon, people are hoping to get messages out that they are alive, safe or in some cases bringing news of people that were not as lucky. One note reads:

Mommy and Daddy are dead. Please tell everyone.


Image Courtesy of: GMA Network


Image Courtesy of: GMA Network


Image Courtesy of: GMA Network


Image Courtesy of: GMA Network

Google Finder is also lending a hand to help victim for the typhoon locate one another.

It’s hard to imagine the desperation and the helplessness in waiting to hear word to see if someone you love is alive. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible tragedy.

Looking for Ways to Help?

You can donate using various organizations like the Philippine Red Cross. 1 U.S. Dollar is equivalent to 42.4127 Philippine Pesos. Click HERE to donate to the Red Cross.

Utterly Engaged, a wedding magazine, have also set up a website you can donate to as well: For Philippines With Love (#ForPhilippinesWithLove). Click HERE to help or to pick up a banner you can use to show support and to spread the word on the social media platform of your choice.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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