Taal eruption people stories - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Taal eruption people stories


LOOK: Heart Evangelista joins PAWS for animal rescue mission near Taal

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The celebrity animal lover brings food and water to dogs and horses affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

Through his own lens: Albert Garcia gets up close with Pinatubo, Taal

Feb 01, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Rappler talks to award-winning photojournalist Albert Garcia about covering the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo and Taal Volcano

WATCH: Evacuated Phivolcs scientists continue to keep Filipinos safe

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Taal Volcano's eruption forces Phivolcs scientists to evacuate from their observatory in Talisay, Batangas. But they've never stopped working.

EMPTY FOR NOW. A layer of ash covers the facade of the Phivolcs' Taal Volcano Observatory in Talisay Batangas on January 31, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

In Talisay, desperate residents beg on the street for money, water

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Talisay Mayor Gerry Natanauan says the municipal government cannot just stop the people from begging, as it is an 'opportunity' calamity victims tend to resort to

IN NEED OF HELP. Leoncio Seña, 62, begs on the streets of Barangay San Guillermo in Talisay, Batangas in the wake of the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: Cavite coffee farmers struggle to rise from the ashes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Ashfall from Taal Volcano destroys hectares of coffee trees in Amadeo, Cavite

WATCH: Dog from Taal Volcano Island looking for forever home

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Lyka, a 7-year-old dog, and over a hundred other rescued dogs from Taal Volcano Island are looking for loving and patient owners

WATCH: Broken hearts as Agoncillo residents return to ruined homes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

With no homes and no jobs, the poorest residents get dragged down further below the poverty line after the eruption of Taal Volcano

WATCH: Police uphold duty to others, even while affected by Taal Volcano's eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

'Everybody is a victim dito sa volcanic eruption na 'to eh. Pero 'yun nga lang pinagkaiba ng pulis natin is they signed up para maglingkod,' says Talisay police chief Aldrin Jay Baysa

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Two-time Taal eruption survivor: Access to information saved lives in 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:06 PM

'May alam ang mga tao sa sitwasyon ng bulkan so hindi sila nagpapanic. Nalaman agad nila kung ano ang gagawin, hindi katulad noong dati na wala talaga,' says Vivencio Manguiat, a survivor of the 1965 Taal Volcano eruption

63-year-old Vivencio Manguiat from Balete, Batangas recalls the Taal Volcano eruption which happened on September 28-30, 1965. Rappler Screenshot

IN PHOTOS: Despite remaining threat, Taal evacuees simply happy to be home

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:05 PM

But once the volcano shows signs of imminent explosion, residents say they'll pack their belongings and will be ready to evacuate again

Residents enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the lowering of the Taal Volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on Sunday, January 26. Photo by AFP

Despite reopening of town, Agoncillo residents remain in evacuation centers

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes says ashfall from Taal Volcano damaged many houses in his town, so residents are unable to return even if they're already allowed to

Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay San Teodoro in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Some Batangas residents return home as Taal Volcano eases

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:06 PM

'Tuwang-tuwa po ang aming mga kababayan,' says a resident of Taal town, as they get breathing room following the downgrading of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3

CLEAN UP. Residents of Barangay Wawa Ilaya in Lemery, Batangas clean their houses as soon as they came home when Taal Volcano was lowered to Alert Level 3. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Traumatized Taal survivor wants to relocate, if given the chance

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:55 PM

'Gusto ko lang sabihin sa gobyerno na sana matulungan 'nyo kami sa karamihan ng tao doon na nawalan ng hanapbuhay at bahay at walang babalikan'

'HELP US'. Taal evacuee Mary Grace Barrion asks the government to help them rebuild their lives. Rappler screenshot

WATCH: Volunteers serve hot meals to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Adding a human touch to food relief – a warm, freshly cooked meal instead of sardines in a can – goes a long way to uplift evacuees' spirits, volunteers say

HOT MEALS. Volunteers cook and serve comfort food to Taal Volcano evacuees in Batangas. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

WATCH: A Taal Volcano evacuee despairs after husband dies from stroke

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:58 AM

Still grieving the loss of her eldest child, Jocelyn Salvia loses her husband Elmer to a stroke. He had been busy distributing relief goods to their fellow evacuees, even as he looked after his own family's welfare.

Taal survivor recalls evacuating ailing father, deaf mute daughter

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'First time kong na experience ito at hindi ko alam ang gagawin,' says 39-year-old Rowena Balina

TAAL SURVIVOR. 39-year-old Rowena Balina shares how her family was able to get out of Taal Volcano vicinity. Rappler screenshot.

WATCH: Taal evacuees cry for help as House holds 'symbolic' session in Batangas

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The House of Representatives holds its plenary session in Batangas City, which sits just outside the danger zone of the restive Taal Volcano

OUT-OF-TOWN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (standing in front of the Philippine flag) presides over the House plenary session at the Batangas City Convention Center on January 22, 2020. Rappler screenshot

WATCH: Batangas resort takes in evacuees amid Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:14 PM

This Batangas resort takes in residents looking for shelter after the Taal Volcano started erupting

PRIVATE RESORT. This private resort-turned-evacuation-center accepts Taal Volcano victims. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Funeral home waives fees for dad who died amid Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:22 PM

The eldest daughter of Antonio Baleros says a good samaritan spoke with Filipinas Funeral Homes to waive their remaining balance of P45,500

FATHER OF 7. Antonio Baleros died on January 13 after fleeing from Taal town in Batangas. Photo courtesy of the Baleros family

Teary-eyed evacuees' appeal: Allow us to fish in Taal Lake again

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes tells lawmakers that Batangueños also need psychological interventions to help them process trauma from the Taal Volcano eruption

APPEAL FOR HELP. Edwina Bilog, an evacuee from San Nicolas, Batangas, shares to lawmakers on January 22, 2020 how difficult life has been for her in the past days since the Taal Volcano erupted. Photo by Rappler

WATCH: Anxious villagers plead against lockdown of areas near Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Residents of lakeside villages in Tanauan City, Batangas, are pleading to be allowed to visit their homes, after the government completely closed off the immediate danger zone around Taal Volcano

WATCH: Evacuees getting anxious a week since they fled homes near Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:12 AM

Evacuees are thankful for the help they are receiving but are worried for their long-term future, with the volcano threatening to destroy their homes and properties

ANXIOUS. People temporarily living in the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex in Batangas City, though well-provided with relief goods, worry about their homes, belongings, and livestock they left behind as they fled the wrath of Taal Volcano. Screenshot from Rappler's Facebook Live

WATCH: Taal Volcano eruption hits small vendors hard

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:11 PM

In a city that is dependent on tourism, vendors and small businessmen are the hardest hit during a disaster

WATCH: ‘We will rise from the ashes’

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The Redemptorist Shrine in Lipa City is not your average evacuation center. Rappler’s Charles Salazar captures why in this video

RELIEF. Evacuees attend mass at the covered court of the Redemptorist Shrine in Lipa, Batangas. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Lipa school aims to provide sense of normalcy, dignity to Taal evacuees

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:01 PM

'We treat them as guests here, not as evacuees,' says De La Salle Lipa President Brother Dante Amisola

MEDICAL CHECK-UP. A young evacuee undergoes medical check-up as the De La Salle Lipa offers 'welcome shelters' for those affected by the Taal eruption. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta/Rappler

Groups lead activities to help Taal eruption evacuees recover from trauma

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Hoping to help them cope, groups initiate psychological first aid, fun performances, reading and writing exercises and games to evacuees

LEARNING ACTIVITY. Volunteers hold a book reading activity for children evacuees at Alitagtag Covered Court in Alitagtag, Batangas on Thursday, January 16 to help them cope with the trauma brought by Taal Volcano's eruption. Photo by Nikko Leoven Pagsuyoin

WATCH: Taal evacuees rummage for clothes that fit

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Finding the right clothes in distribution centers becomes some sort of a treasure hunt for evacuees who only brought their essentials when they fled their communities

SEARCHING. Evacuees rummage through piles of clothes at the Bauan Technical High School. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Lost and damaged: Taal Volcano steals livelihoods

Jan 18, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Fishermen, coffee growers, and more lose their sources of income as Taal Volcano erupts

Fisherfolks of Balete, Batangas partake their catch of the day at Taal lake as the Taal volcano continues to spew fumes on January 17, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

WATCH: Life inside an evacuation center amid Taal Volcano’s unrest

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Evacuees value their properties and their animals. But nothing, they emphasize, is as valuable as life.

TEMPORARY SHELTER. Hundreds of evacuees from Taal Volcano's unrest settle at a tent camp in Alfonso, Cavite. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

WATCH: Taal Volcano evacuees arrive in Dasmariñas, Cavite

Jan 16, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Cavite province takes in some 15,000 evacuees from neighboring Batangas, and allots P15 million in calamity funds to assist them

FROM BATANGAS. Some 15,000 evacuees take shelter in Dasmariñas, Cavite, following the eruption of the Taal Volcano. Rappler screenshot

IN PHOTOS: 'We will rise'

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:38 PM

In Agoncillo, Batangas, large fissures caused by the Taal Volcano eruption ruin houses and establishments

BADLY DAMAGED. A large fissure broke through Renato Agoho's house in Barangay Pamiga, Agoncillo, Batangas. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Residents evacuated from Taal Volcano danger zone still live in fear

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:58 AM

Apart from the imminent eruption and the constant earthquakes, displaced residents also fear about what comes after this calamity

LIVING IN FEAR. Evacuees staying at the Paaralang Sentral ng Taal still experience earthquakes every few minutes. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

‘Lubog na lahat’: Calawit residents return to crushed homes

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Some residents of Barrio Calawit in San Nicolas, Batangas, return home using their boats, without the knowledge of authorities, to check on their livestock

NOTHING LEFT. Calawit, San Nicolas resident Jeffrey Cacao hopes to find a new means of living after seeing his home destroyed and all his livestock killed after the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Vendors brave imminent Taal Volcano eruption to sell the last of their goods

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The vendors deem it safe to continue selling their goods, but will flee at the next sign of danger

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Vegetable vendor Nena Alescano says she will sell the last of her stocks before evacuating from the imminent Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

WATCH: Couple helps motorists as Taal Volcano spews ash

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Despite the power outage in Tagaytay City which affected their water supply, the De Velas lend a helping hand