Flowers in Andap

Flowers in bloom outside the San Roque chapel in Barangay Andap, New Bataan Compostela Valley Province on November 6, 2015. Andap was the hardest hit area when super typhoon Pablo… »

Three years after Pablo

Trees start to grow behind the marker erected in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley province in  memory of  those who perished when super typhoon Pablo hit the town on December 4,… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL Christmas break for the bagyo boys of New Bataan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 Dec) — Sweet Sevilla mounted a toy drive just before school went on Christmas break. She wanted the loot to be part of COPERS’ (Center of Psychological… »

Interactive: Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley two years after Typhoon Pablo

TWO YEARS LATER.  Vegetation is returning in the former poblacion of  Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley two years after it was buried under a pile of rocks and boulders… »

Early procession

Residents join the early procession of the handless Our Lady of Mediatrix  from the San Antonio de Padua parish in New Bataan, Compostela Valley to the San Roque chapel in… »

Pablo survivor: From Andap to another village, a new life, new family

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (Mindnews/ 02 November) – Bonifacio Casag carried a small black bag as he passed by the San Roque chapel on his way to the marker of… »

Pablo survivors

Jessie Agrepo and Emerito Cantila share a light moment outside the latter’s sari-sari store in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley on December 4, 2013. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday… »

New Bataan: A year after Pablo

Typhoon Pablo did not just change the landscape in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on December 4, 2012. It also changed the lives of the people as well. Some of… »

Flashback: Typhoon Pablo’s wrath

These pictures were taken in different parts of Mindanao from December 4 until the middle of the same month last year, after typhoon Pablo swept across the island and left… »

A Year After

Relatives of victims of Typhoon Pablo offer flowers at the marker that carries the name of those who died and those who are still missing. About 2,000 people came for… »

A year after ‘Pablo,” the pain lingers

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – For many survivors of Typhoon Pablo, especially those who lost relatives, the pain lingers even a year after. Some of them,… »

Surviving Pablo was a miracle

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 3 December) – Seventeen-year-old Joseph Babag, remembers vividly December 3, 2012, the day before super typhoon Pablo struck their town. Classes had been cancelled… »

Barangay Andap

A man negotiates what was once the center of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to transport gold ore. A large portion of… »

Market Day

The public market in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province comes alive every Wednesday as people flock here for market day on November 20, 2013. Wednesday is the “tabo” (market day)… »

Mindanawon film “Riddles of my Homecoming” bags Jury Prize, 4 other awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 November ) –  A Mindanawon film,“Riddles of my Homecoming,”  bagged the Jury Award and four other awards in the Currents Category of the Cinema One… »

A ringside view of “The Riddles of my Homecoming”

For the longest time, the award-winning Mindanawon filmmaker, Arnel Mardoquio, had been inviting me  to visit him and the members of his team while they were shooting a film.  I… »

Relocation shelters

Residents of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province who were affected by last year’s Typhoon Pablo seek temporary shelter at the relocation site sponsored by the International Organization… »

Kin pay respects at marker for typhoon Pablo victims in Barangay Andap

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/2 November)—While most Filipinos trooped to the cemeteries to remember their beloved departed on Friday, All Saints’ Day, some residents of this town who lost their… »

Mass grave in New Bataan

Only two of the 324 bodies have been identified in this mass grave at the public cemetery in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province 11 months after super typhoon Pablo hit… »

Barangay Andap: All Saints Day

A woman erases on Friday the name of her relative who was believed to be alive but listed in the marker as among those killed when flashflood hit Barangay Andap… »

All Saints Day in New Bataan

Residents of New Bataan in Compostela Valley Province offer flowers and candle in this cross on Friday, November 1, for those who were killed and still missing when super typhoon… »

New classrooms remain bleak for Andap grade schoolers

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/07 June) – Children enrolled at the Andap Elementary School here will have to bear holding classes in makeshift classrooms inside the Andap National High School… »

Back to school

Elena Estrada and her  Grade 3 pupils assist carpenters as they install a tarpaulin to catch water leaks from the roof of their makeshift classroom in Andap Elementary School on… »

Flores de Mayo

Children gather for Flores de Mayo at San Roque chapel in in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on May 27, 2013.  The chapel, the last building standing on… »

Back to school

Volunteer carpenters build makeshift classroom for elementary pupils in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on May 27, 2013.  The village  had the highest death toll as rocks and… »

Holy Week traditions live on in New Bataan’s Barangay Andap

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/29 March) – On the long table outside the San Roque chapel in Barangay Andap on Maundy Thursday afternoon, cooking pots and plastic containers of food… »

Washing of the feet in Barangay Andap

Kaabag (lay leader) Lando Fernandez performs Jesus Christ’s washing of the feet ritual at the San Roque chapel in Barangay Andap, New Bataan town in Compostela Valley province on Maundy… »

Evacuation tent

Leanna Mae de Rosa (right) and  sisters eat their snack, a porridge made from corn and other grains inside their tent in New Bataan, Compostela Valley on Maundy Thursday.  The… »

‘New Bataan lacks safe relocation sites’

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/19 February)– New Bataan town in Compostela Valley lacks areas safe for the relocation of its residents as shown by simulated inundation maps, town Mayor Lorenzo Balbin… »

Soliman reiterates: no distribution list, no release of rice

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/18 Feb) —  No distribution list, no release  of rice “kahit mag-rally pa sila” (even if they stage a rally). This was the message of Social Welfare Secretary… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL:Fact, fiction, and opinion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – An article written by Mahar Lagmay and company saw print in the inner pages of a national daily today. The report explains what happened to… »

New Bataan: To relocate or not?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 discussed Tuesday whether or not to relocate the entire municipality of New Bataan in Compostela Valley (ComVal)… »

Rocks in Andap used for flood control in Tagum

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/29 January) – Tagum City is making use of the rocks that now cover what used to be the center of Barangay Andap in this town… »

Rampaging Waters

Residents of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley cross the makeshift bamboo footbridge as the road leading to the town proper from the mountain village was blocked to direct… »

In New Bataan, the nightmare is far from over

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/23 January) – Fifty-three-year-old farmer Clemente Dulce sat on a pew at the San Antonio de Padua parish late Tuesday afternoon, wondering if he would still… »

Tribes hold ritual to end curse of ‘Pablo’, vow to protect environment

BARANGAY ANDAP, New Bataan, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/15 January) — Visualizing typhoon “Pablo” as a giant who cursed the people for failing to protect Nature, the Mandaya tribe performed Monday a… »

NBI returns to get DNA samplings from exhumed remains, relatives

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/15 January) – The forensics team of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has returned  here to  get DNA samplings from the exhumed remains of  unidentified… »

40 Days after Pablo in New Bataan

A girl lights a candle in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela valley in a spot where many lives perished when Typhoon Pablo struck Mindanao’s eastern seaboard on Dec. 4, 2012.… »

After the Storm

Learning Spaces

 Tents from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) serve as temporary “learning spaces” at Cabinuangan Central Elementary School. Some of the province’s schools were destroyed when super typhoon Pablo hit… »

After Pablo, few pupils report to class

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – “I miss my pupils,” a teary-eyed Lilia dela Cruz said on Thursday, supposedly the first day of classes after the holidays,… »

School exec appeals for help for school children

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – A school official here has appealed on kind-hearted individuals to extend further help to the school children affected by Typhoon Pablo… »

New Bataan: Tent City

A month after typhoon Pablo hit New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, some survivors have been moved from the gymnasium to these tents at the grounds of the New Bataan National… »

A Month After Pablo

Laarni Escalon, 55, attends to her sari-sari store inside their temporary shelter within the New Bataan National High School grounds in Compostela Valley Province on Thursday 3 January 2012. Escalon,… »

“Swimming pool”

Children in the poblacion in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province  take a dip in what they refer to as “swimming pool ”  on December 30.  Evening of January 2, the… »

Landslides, floods feared as LPA nears; forced evacuations done in New Bataan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/02 January) –  The regions of Caraga and Davao in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas have been warned against flashfloods and landslides as another low pressure area (LPA)  has… »

Construction of bunkhouses in New Bataan begins January 3

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/01 January) – Construction of bunk houses for the temporary refuge of  72 families displaced by super typhoon Pablo will begin January 3 and should be… »

In New Bataan, they buried the dead, finally, but temporarily

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/28 December) –They finally buried the dead three weeks after super typhoon Pablo hit this town on December 4, but only temporarily. At the public cemetery… »

Barangay Andap survivors to visitors: ‘please be sensitive’

NEW BATAAN,  Compostela Valley (MindaNews/28 Dec) — No, it has not reached the level of  “disaster tourism” on the scale of  post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans where guided bus tours are… »

Psychosocial Processing

A psychologist from the Center for Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS) of the Ateneo de Davao University interacts with one of the young survivors of Typhoon Pablo in New… »

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