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Rappler's latest stories on Palo


Staying safe, and sane, as Silicon Valley locks down due to the coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Across Silicon Valley, streets have emptied as the pandemic takes hold, with tech employees working from home and avoiding leaving the house

EMPTY BUSES. An empty shuttle bus pulls into a mostly deserted Facebook campus in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park on March 12, 2020, as tech titans asks employees to work from home to fight the spread of novel coronavirus. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Leyte town mayor backs Roxas' Senate bid: 'He was always there to help'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Palo town Mayor Remedios Petilla credits ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas for helping her town rebuild after Super Typhoon Yolanda

ALLIES. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas meets with Palo, Leyte Mayor Remedios Petilla on April 23, 2019. Photo from Roxas' media staff

'Not feeling well': Duterte skips Leyte event

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 73-year-old President cannot make it to a scheduled event in Palo, Leyte, adding to a growing list of activities he had to skip for health reasons

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows before the attendees of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Also in the photo are Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Social and Welfare Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

French luxury giants dive into Silicon Valley

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'If you really think about it, Steve Jobs had a disastrous dress sense,' says Paris School of Luxury co-founder Eric Briones

HERMES. This file photo taken on June 8, 2017 shows leather wallets displayed at Hermes leather workshop in Saint-Junien, central France. In May 2018 Hermes has opened its 34th US boutique in Palo Alto in the posh area of California. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

[OPINION] We’re not here to be your friends

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

It's time we call out reporters who are overly chummy with government officials, who ride the wave of this administration's popularity at the cost of critical and impartial reporting and commentary

Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Caritas Palo, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, distributes relief goods in remote Biliran towns

NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Caritas Palo conducts needs assessment in Naval town in Biliran province, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on December 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Caritas Palo

Duterte: P10,000 each for Yolanda survivors who have yet to get shelter aid

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

DSWD explains that the amount is not emergency shelter assistance but a valid response to the clamor of families who were denied of their right to the assistance

RECOVERY. Protesters voice out what they think should have been addressed three years after Yolanda. Photo by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

Vote-counting machines break down in Tacloban City

May 09, 2016 - 8:53 PM

In one voting precinct only 165 votes are cast out of the 450 registered voters due to a VCM malfunction

VOTING TIME. In San Jose Elementary School, where most number of voters in Tacloban City are registered, residents prepare to cast their ballots. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

Peru steps up border dispute with Chile

Nov 08, 2015 - 8:14 AM

The current controversy has surfaced less than two years after the two countries had appeared to resolve their biggest boundary dispute

Australia to hand over 1,533 shelters to Haiyan-affected families

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:19 PM

Press release: In partnership with three humanitarian organizations the Australian government continues Yolanda recovery work in Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte

Filipino women wash clothes next to a ship washed ashore, in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines in November 2013. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Pope Francis says sorry for 'impatience' in Leyte

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Pope Francis also thanks the local archbishop for the witness of faith and endurance which your people showed me in the midst of their trials

Behind the scenes: The Pope most Filipinos didn't see

Feb 01, 2015 - 5:45 PM

There is no difference between how he is in public and how he is in private the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines tells Rappler

PRIVATE MEETING. In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis poses for 'selfies' with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on January 17, 2015, as part of his trip to the Philippines.

Pope Francis in the Philippines: Speeches and Homilies

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:21 AM

Here are full texts and videos of the Pope s speeches and homilies during his visit to the Philippines January 15 19

Pope in Leyte, typhoon Amang, selfie with Francis | The wRap

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Pope Francis flies to Leyte…but the storm cuts his trip short And he poses for his first selfie in Manila

IN PHOTOS: Pope Francis in the Philippines, day 3

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Highlights of Pope Francis third day in the Philippines in photos

Devotees pray during a mass, held by Pope Francis (not seen) in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Photo by Johannes Eiselle/AFP

Thousands cheer as Pope arrives in Palo

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:31 AM

The Pope s next agenda: Meeting with survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Palo Leyte

PAPAL BLESSING. Pope Francis reaches out to thousands who gathered at the Tacloban City airport after his Mass, as he begins his motorcade from Tacloban to Palo

Pope: Poor, Yolanda victims, OFWs center of PH trip

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The central message of this trip will be the poor the poor who suffered from Typhoon Yolanda the poor who have faith and hope Pope Francis says

FOCUS ON POOR. Pope Francis speaks to the press aboard a plane during his trip to the Philippines on January 15, 2015. Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/AFP

When Filipinos saw the Pope: Tears said it all

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Thoughts can always be manipulated Feelings point us to our deepest desires says a Jesuit spiritual director

2000 children to serenade Pope in Palo

Jan 15, 2015 - 10:00 PM

The kids who study at different elementary schools in Palo were handpicked and had to practice daily for this once in a lifetime event

Longer travel time for Leyte pilgrims due to road repairs

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The rerouting and road repairs will most likely lengthen the travel time of thousands of papal pilgrims entering Palo and Tacloban City

WATCH: Local theme song released for Papal visit in Leyte

Jan 14, 2015 - 5:00 AM

The local theme song for the Pope s visit to Leyte was inspired his compassion for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

REHEARSAL. 176 performers from Ormoc City show the dance steps of the song “Shepherd’s Love” to 2,000 mobilized volunteers for the Leyte Papal visit. Photo from Derek Aviola/ Rappler

Holiday in Leyte for Pope visit

Jan 13, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Work in all government offices and classes in all levels both public and private will be suspended from January 15 to 16

PREPARATIONS. Policemen inspect the open field venue where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a mass near the airport in Tacloban City. Photo by EPA

FAST FACTS: Palo Cathedral, Leyte

Jan 12, 2015 - 1:00 AM

Palo Cathedral or the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration is one of the structures badly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013

AFTER YOLANDA. An ocean of debris surrounds the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral a few days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/

FAST FACTS: Archdiocese of Palo (Leyte) and the archbishop's residence

Jan 12, 2015 - 1:00 AM

Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du currently heads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo which covers the provinces of Leyte Biliran and the whole Samar island

DESTROYED. The Palo Archbishop’s residence is one of the structures destroyed destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Photo from CBCP

2,000 volunteers mobilized for Leyte papal visit

Jan 11, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Volunteers attend the orientation for one of the biggest religious events to be held in Eastern Visayas

Palo archbishop checks papal Mass site preparations

Jan 10, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Palo Archbishop John F Du visits the Tacloban Airport to make sure the Tacloban airport is ready for the Pope s arrival and open Mass on January 17

Tacloban population to ‘double’ during Pope visit

Jan 09, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Classes in the Leyte capital are suspended from January 14 to 16 while work in government classes are suspended from January 15 to 16

READY. Both the Philippine and Vatican flags are raised at the Tacloban airport open grounds in the days leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to the Typhoon Yolanda-hit province. Photo by Renz Bulseco

#ShowThePope: How Filipinos spend Christmas

Jan 03, 2015 - 3:59 PM

Netizens show how the family and service to the poor take center stage

#PopeFrancisPH in Leyte: What to expect

Dec 29, 2014 - 3:12 PM

Pope Francis is visiting Leyte on January 17 to meet typhoons Yolanda Haiyan and Ruby Hagupit survivors

Pope Francis to pray before Yolanda mass grave

Dec 16, 2014 - 3:28 PM

The 78 year old Pope will also take a 30 minute siesta as part of his activities in Yolanda hit Leyte the Catholic Church says

‘SOLIDARITY IN HARDSHIP.’ Pope Francis hugs Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of St Pedro Calungsod of the Philippines at St Peter's Basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

OFW almost loses son in Yolanda, then Ruby

Dec 09, 2014 - 8:22 AM

For the first few months back here I did not want to be alone I was always scared and afraid that someone would die

Pray for us, Yolanda survivors ask Pope Francis

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The storm dampens the excitement of Yolanda survivors over the January 2015 papal visit as they ask Pope Francis to be with them now in prayers

Ruby evacuation: Thousands flock to churches

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:57 AM

At least 10 000 are now in churches in Leyte and Samar provinces

SEEKING SHELTER. Leyte residents seek shelter in churches, schools, and evacuation centers as Typhoon Ruby approaches. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

New WireLurker malware targets Chinese iPhone users

Nov 06, 2014 - 3:53 PM

Palo Alto Networks calls WireLurker the biggest in scale malware it has seen with 467 infected applications affecting potentially hundreds of thousands of users in China

Ordained by disaster: The priest of Yolanda

Nov 06, 2014 - 12:22 PM

They saw a figure of hope in priests You could see the spirit of courage in them

NEW PRIEST. Leyte-based Fr Anreco Estrella hugs another priest shortly after his ordination a few days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (haiyan) hit central Philippines. Photo by Mendel Margallo Adona

Yolanda bunkhouse residents: 'Give us cash'

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla tells Rappler the government cannot give cash to bunkhouse residents to be fair to everyone

BITTERSWEET. Luzviminda Secuya, 60, says they're thankful about the bunkhouse but they have to sacrifice, too. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Houses for Yolanda survivors: 'Super beautiful' but...

Nov 04, 2014 - 4:57 PM

A Buddhist group funds a new village for Yolanda survivors as the government taps the private sector in rehabilitation efforts

WATCH: Tour a Yolanda bunkhouse in a minute

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:07 AM

Rappler takes you on a minute long video tour of a Yolanda bunkhouse from the eyes a 60 year old bunkhouse resident in Palo Leyte

BITTERSWEET. Luzviminda Secuya, 60, says they're thankful about the bunkhouse but they have to sacrifice, too. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Bunkhouses both blessing, curse for Yolanda survivors

Nov 04, 2014 - 6:55 AM

Saying each bunkhouse is very temporary Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla tells Rappler more than 400 bunkhouse residents will soon move to permanent houses

KEEPING IT CLEAN. Joel Tapado, 9, fetches 7 pails of water to keep the bunkhouse bathroom clean. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yolanda mass grave: From playground to 'holy ground'

Nov 02, 2014 - 2:50 PM

On All Saints Day Yolanda survivors visit a mass grave that holds their dearest memories Their parish priest says this holy ground used to be a playground

'IT'S TERRIBLE.' Eduardo Maraya, 69, cries whenever he recalls how Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) 'washed out' the future. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yolanda survivors pray before nameless graves

Nov 01, 2014 - 8:26 AM

I don t even know where to light a candle a man says on the eve of All Saints Day as he visits a mass grave for 2 200 Yolanda victims in Tacloban City

TIME TO REMEMBER. Adam Stephen Baldota, 28, wipes his tears as he prays before a mass grave that includes the body of his mother and sister. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Spend more than 6 hours in Visayas, Pope asked

Oct 16, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Are accommodations the problem? Knowing the simple Pope Francis a priest says He doesn t need to be in a 5 star hotel

SIMPLE LEADER. Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's Square on October 8, 2014 in Vatican City. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

World Bank to the world: Invest in disaster resilience

Jul 18, 2014 - 12:24 PM

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces a 62 million fund for roads bridges and jobs in areas gravely hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda

SPEAK UP. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (4th from right), who recently visited the Philippines, urges the Filipino youth to #speakup4climate in a dialogue held in Taguig City on July 17. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz

Listening helps heal Yolanda survivors

May 17, 2014 - 11:27 PM

In a disaster struck community a simple conversation can heal emotional wounds

BREAKING DOWN. A 10-year-old girl suddenly breaks into tears as her mother narrates how they huddled together near a mango tree when Typhoon Yolanda struck. Photo by World Vision

1,000 runners rise from Yolanda's rubble

May 05, 2014 - 7:30 PM

The faith hope and dreams of every Leyteño never vanished We rise again and continue to dream

FRESH START. School children from Palo, Leyte receive new school supplies. Photo from FNF

Balik sigla, Visayas: I am free to dream

Apr 15, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The municipal government of Palo will hold another Freedom Run as a symbol for the region getting back on its feet

Haiyan widow honors the dead by moving on

Apr 15, 2014 - 9:47 AM

Women in Haiyan affected areas are learning to stand on their own feet after the deaths of their loved ones

#HeroesofHaiyan: Honoring bravery and selflesness

Apr 09, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Rappler honors the unsung heroes who gave up so much for others to live

DSWD looks into distribution of spoiled goods

Mar 21, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Malacañang says Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman is investigating the scope of the alleged distribution of spoiled relief goods in Leyte

COA: Yolanda relief ‘chaotic, crazy’

Mar 17, 2014 - 2:42 PM

COA Chairperson Grace Tan says There was really no one calling the shots doing coherent coordination