My Perspective on Dec 1 in Tabango, Leyte

By: Caimito , 8:48 AM GMT on November 08, 2013

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DECEMBER 1 2013 .....


'I Cannot Do Nothing'
3:00 am. The sky is crowded with stars fighting for their place in the sky. The nearby trees with flickering lights reminds me that Christmas is near. The sound of trickling water as the tide recedes from the white sand beach which is my home tonight.

Idyllic, you think?

The stars, the beach, the sea are real. The flickering lights on the trees are fireflies. The beach is littered with debris from that 'monster' that beset us some three weeks ago. There will be no Christmas here this year.

I am in Barangay (village) Tugas, Tabango, Leyte. Some distance from the towns of Kilcock and Leixlip, where I spent my first four decades of my life on earth, and 4 hours from my current home in Maasin.

5:00 am. The sun is breaking over the mountain behind me, revealing the piles of mangled tin and fallen trees. The sounds of fighting cocks echo through this village. Between you hear the sounds of voices, my workers, readying for the day ahead.. A village? Not as we know a village in Ireland. These people were poor before the 'monster', living in makeshift native houses along the hillside.

Why am I here? Well as many of you know I live in Maasin, Southern Leyte, where I have a small hotel. We were largely unaffected by the 'monster' (Tugas, Tabango, Leyte, was flattened). I set up a fund some two weeks ago to help rebuild the lives of the Leyte people affected by the 'monster'. Because of my experience in building (ANCO former carpentry apprentice), and the fact that I worked with Filipino carpenters and chainsaw operators before, 'I could not do nothing'. I also speak some of the local language and most importantly understand the people and their culture.
Some of the families are living in these homes made from the storm rubble while awaiting new home.

What am I doing? I am building 30 native homes (1 a day). This process starts off with the chainsaw operators cut the fallen coconut trees into 4x4, 4x2, 3x2 and 2x2 timber. My carpenters then build a wooden framed building, 12' x 10' and cover in corrugated galvanized steel. The house owner then covers the floor joists with split bamboo. The outside walls are also covered in bamboo or whatever local materials are available from the land (they do not own the land, mind you). On completion the new home owner then gets P500 (about €8) from our funds to finish off the inside. The cost is about €200 for each house. It would be cheaper if we were not so far (4 hours) from our own homes in Southern Leyte. The last part of the journey can only be undertaken by 4x4 vehicles.
First of the 10 houses completed on week 1.
The funding is by donations from my friends, and friends of friends (thank you). The 'nowhere to be seen' aid agencies are just too bureaucratic for projects like these. We have no administration costs.

After the 30 houses? As long as I have funds I aim to build these basic houses 'till I die. In my opinion very family deserves a basic 12' x 10' place to call home.
Tomorrow morning I will be off back to Tabango to my beach 'villa', with 320 sheets of roofing, 250KG of nails, my brother Gary Canning, and cousin Declan Canning.
Maasin crew in our beach 'Villa' which is our home for now.
Goodbye and thank you for reading ........ Pascal Canning ..... 'I cannot do nothing'
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Re-Building Project (Caimito)
Star Apple Kitchen on the Left and Living Quarters on the Right
Re-Building Project
One of our Tabango Houses (Caimito)
This photo was taken on 12th of December.
One of our Tabango Houses

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18. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:43 AM GMT on July 13, 2014
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17. barbamz
3:32 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
Quoting 13. Caimito:
Cannot find the old embed code on my youtube :( . Darn, I cannot even put the photo at the to in a post.


Hey, Caimito, WU-Member Neapolitan developed an easy coderizer to convert new codes into the old embed ones. I use it very often.

Link to the coderizer.

Our thoughts are with the Philippines. Everybody in Germany is talking about this calamity. I hope at least a lot of money will be donated.
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16. Skyepony (Mod)
3:22 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
There certainly is a post-traumatic stress that sets in after bad storms. It's best to start focusing on achievable tasks that need done & to take a few moments to do something enjoyable each day.

Hope fuel shows up soon there.

Thanks for sharing your pics.

Here's your video:)

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15. Caimito
1:28 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
Quoting 11. daddyjames:
How are things in your neck of the woods?
Stressed
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14. Caimito
1:27 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
Quoting 8. barbamz:
Hey, Caimito, I've just posted your video in the main blog, as you've suggested when I came back from work. Didn't realize until now that you've opened your own blog with it. Welcome!
Thank you Ma'am.
There is now no Diesel or Gasoline on the island. This is because the fuel comes from Tacloban for the rest of Leyte Island.

Hopefully they will send a barge with fuel trucks from Cebu.
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13. Caimito
1:20 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
Quoting 7. Skyepony:
Good to see your Hotel made it & you have electricity. That was certainly a landscape changing storm.

Thanks for the video. Ocean is raging a bit. If you want to embed that at wunderground~ on it's YouTube page, click share, then below that click embed, under that click the use old embed code box. Then copy & paste in the box above to here.
Cannot find the old embed code on my youtube :( . Darn, I cannot even put the photo at the to in a post.
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12. Caimito
1:14 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
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11. daddyjames
1:07 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
How are things in your neck of the woods?
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9. Caimito
12:37 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
Quoting 6. VR46L:
lol Kori you and me both !

I usually have a keen sense on these things .....

Hey Caimito what part of the Emerald Isle do you originate form?

Glad you survived hoped its not to bad in your area?
From Leixlip, Just outside Dublin.
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8. barbamz
2:05 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
Hey, Caimito, I've just posted your video in the main blog, as you've suggested when I came back from work. Didn't realize until now that you've opened your own blog with it. Welcome!
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7. Skyepony (Mod)
2:02 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
Good to see your Hotel made it & you have electricity. That was certainly a landscape changing storm.

Thanks for the video. Ocean is raging a bit. If you want to embed that at wunderground~ on it's YouTube page, click share, then below that click embed, under that click the use old embed code box. Then copy & paste in the box above to here.
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6. VR46L
9:07 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
lol Kori you and me both !

I usually have a keen sense on these things .....

Hey Caimito what part of the Emerald Isle do you originate form?

Glad you survived hoped its not to bad in your area?
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5. Caimito
9:06 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
The second half of that Video shows the wave heights vs. buildings in the BG considering the tide was a low +0.5 M at the time.
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4. Caimito
9:02 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
Quoting 1. KoritheMan:
Pfft. I never doubted you were real, lol.

Glad you and your hotel are (seemingly?) unscathed.
Hehe. Member for over a year with PWS.
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3. Caimito
8:59 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
Quoting 2. nwobilderburg:
how bad did it get
Some light fitting, A tree outside, some plants. Young trees bent. Some water blew in under the sliding doors. The complete grounds and pools were a mess of mostly leaves and small branches.

Road outside was blocked both sides. Army sorted that out by 11am.

No sleep for 34 hours. :(

Lesson learned: PWS needs to go up on the water tank tower for more accurate readings.
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2. nwobilderburg
8:50 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
how bad did it get
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1. KoritheMan
8:49 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
Pfft. I never doubted you were real, lol.

Glad you and your hotel are (seemingly?) unscathed.
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