November 11, 2013 |
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
November 10, 2013 |
MANILA - With the vast scale of death and destruction slowly coming into focus, international relief teams rushed toward the central Philippines, where one of the strongest storms on record left bereft survivors looting food and water or scrambling for a way out. Aid agencies said they were hurrying supplies to the area hit early Friday by the typhoon. U.S. Marines were en route from bases in Okinawa, Japan, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Pacific Command to deploy helicopters, logistics officers and cargo planes to assist the effort.
November 10, 2013 |
MANILA -- When Danny Larsen arrived in the Philippines city of Tacloban less than a week ago, he found it to be “a lovely town -- very local, not many foreigners. We went to an area for BBQ with lots of tables.” Larsen, a 35-year-old Dane, had just moved to the Philippines, and he visited the hometown of his girlfriend to explore the idea of living there. “We had a lovely evening,” he recalled Sunday, “and then hell started.” Two days after typhoon Haiyan ravaged the coastal town on the island of Leyte and shortly after he escaped to Manila, Larsen described Tacloban as “World War III.” PHOTOS: Typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines He and his girlfriend spent eight hours standing in line at the airport, scared for their safety and waiting for space on a military airplane that had been transporting relief supplies between Tacloban and the capital.
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November 10, 2013 |
A group of doctors from the Mammoth Lakes area was among the first humanitarian aid groups to reach the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which is believed to have killed about 10,000 people as it moved across the island nation Friday. Sixteen doctors, surgeons and medical volunteers with the Mammoth Medical Missions were at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning on their way to a previously scheduled project in Chiapas, Mexico, when they learned about the devastating typhoon, said Pamela Bold, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit relief group based in Mammoth Lakes.
August 9, 2013 |
More than 20 years after Philippine officials shut down U.S. military bases amid rising anti-American sentiment, the Manila government has announced that it will soon be negotiating with Washington to increase its military presence in the region as a counterweight to domineering China. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops were stationed in the Philippines after it was liberated from Japanese occupation after World War II. The giant bases that harbored U.S. sailors and airmen, Subic Bay Naval Station and Clark Air Force Base, were shuttered by the end of 1992.
May 26, 2013
The best way to Boracay, Philippines From LAX , Philippine Airlines offers nonstop service to Manila, and All Nippon Airways, JAL, Cathay Pacific, Asiana, Delta, Korean, Hawaiian, Air China, Singapore and Malaysia offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $850, including taxes and fees. Philippine Airlines offers connecting service to Caticlan airport. Round-trip fares begin at $147. You will need transportation to Boracay Island, offered by various boat and ferry services; see http://www.lat.ms/10B6oum . TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code)