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It has been 4 years since Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban 08 November 2013 in which thousands of people perished and destruction was devastating. As you drive from Dulag to Tacloban you pass a number of Memorial’s. Some of these sites are mass graves. This is sad but a reminder of how strong and severe Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) really was. The barangay where I live in the Dulag area was also dev View More


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The Tacloban City Convention Center is one building that stands out in Tacloban. It is also distinct when landing at Tacloban airport especially if you land from the north. The building was opened in 2006 and the cost to build was 200M peso which equates to around $4M US Locally this building is called the Tacloban City Coliseum or the Tacloban Astrodome. It has a seating capacity for around 4500 View More


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Introduction In the Philippines if you are married and family are close by then when there is an event like a birthday or other celebration then they will have a party. Being a foreigner the thought is he must be rich but this is not the case A family member is having a birthday and relatives are aware. Now in Australia a normal birthday as I can remember when I was young is a simple party at home View More


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Pines Farm Resort is located 5km from Burauen Town Proper in the barangay Abuyogon. Coming from Burauin the turn off to the resort will be on your left hand side. It is a bit of a drive from Tacloban City but well worth it! A Beautiful Mountain SettingThis resort is in a very natural and beautiful setting. The water coming off the mountain is rain runoff. There is no industry in this area that is  View More


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Talking to foreigners planning to settle locally The talk or chatter to foreigners wishing to settle here revolves around buying land, building a house and a new life. I never try to influence just give my opinion and answers to the questions. How big is your house and what did it cost to build? Can I own land here “NO”? It is hard to answer as land and building costs vary from prov View More


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I drive past this building which is actually a mansion at least twice a week. I have read about the history and my last visit to this museum was just before Typhoon Yolanda. Friends I know who have made the visit in recent times say it appears a bit run down but the mansion is still very impressive This building is one of the mansions of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The mansion was bu View More


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SHOPPING LOCATIONS AND INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED ON A ON GOING BASIS ROBINSONS MALL (4KM FROM DOWN TOWN TACLOBAN) A nice place to go shopping with everything you would need under one roof. A very good Supermarket, Department and Specialty Stores and many good restaurants and other places to eat. An extension to the mall has recently been opened. TIP For foreigners wanting to purchase import View More


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There is another resort but it may be too far for some from Tacoban. The aim is to let readers know what is available. If you are visiting family or just site seeing around the Burauen area then you may have the opportunity to spend a few hours here, relax and cool off in the nice swimming pool  The resort name is Camp Kawayan in Barangay Balorinay Burauen Leyte. The resort is very well lai View More


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At times you see the locals riding surf boards in the Dulag Area but on rare occasions as the conditions must be right. This occurs in the barangay San Jose. This is a different San Jose near the airport in Tacloban and is a barangay of Dulag. The location is approximately 32 kms from Tacoban city on the highway to ‘Bay Bay” I pass this area at least twice a week on my way to Tacloban. View More