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Bantayan Island Suffered Heavy Damages Due to Super Typhoon Yolanda (Photos)

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Bantayan Island is one of the worst-hit islands in the Philippines caused by the devastation by Super Typhoon Yolanda which landed in the northern part of Cebu at around 10:30 AM on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2013. The strongest typhoon to hit the county “cut-off” all power and communication lines in the three-municipalities comprising Bantayan Island.

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The damage from the powerful typhoon is not yet unknown because of the island’s isolation, but based upon the preliminary reports from various local media, about 30 percent of the island’s resident lost their homes.

Related Article: Bantayan Back to Sea Project Launched Through Bayanihan

According to the Mayor of the Municipality of Bantayan, Mayor Chris Escario who managed to sneak in a call from Sta. Fe wharf, Bantayan looks like a war zone, he said. 90% of the houses that are still standing have no more roof. The island is currently in need of water to drink and generator sets to get their pumps running.

Related Article: Brgy. Sillon Lot Owner Donates Almost A Hectare of Land for Yolanda Relocation

Bantayan Mayor

Twitter Photo by Ines Escario

Facebook user Richard Go Batiguin, who is currently in the island of Bantayan, said via Facebook that Bantayan and Sta. Fe town “are badly hit and destroyed by Yolanda’s gruesome force.” he said. Batiguin added further that “Santa Fe is unrecognizable after the damage.” he posted on Facebook.

Related Article: Bantayan Island Updates on Typhoon Yolanda (ABS-CBN Video)

Gov. Hilario “Jun” Davide is planning to visit the island today to assess damage.

Here are some photos from Bantayan Island: (Photo Credits: Richard Go Batiguin & Sarah Lynn)

Related Article: Bantayan Island Relief Operations

Municipality of Bantayan:

Related Article: Damage Reports of Bantayan Island per Barangays

Bantayan plaza

Bantayan

Suba Bantayan

Suba Likod Simbahan

St. Paul Academy

Bantayan Photos by MotoGears Cebu FB

Barangay Obo-ob, Bantayan, Cebu Photos: (Credit Mimi Ylores)

Brgy Obo-ob

Municipality of Sta. Fe Photos:

Sta. Fe Yolanda typhoon

Santa Fe Photos

Sta. Fe

Kota Beach

Sta. Fe Yolanda highway

Municipality of Madridejos:

Madridejos

For more photos of Bantayan Island Follow the Facebook Pages of the following fellow Bantayanons:

Lindo Giganto FB Page

Bangon Bantayanon Facebook Page

Bangon Lawis

Bantayanihan Facebook Page

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About the author: Rob Sake is a former tuba-gatherer the Visayas Region. Previously worked as an OFW in Saudi Arabia from 2005-2010. He wanted to prove that Blogging is not only for computer geeks but also for ordinary individual without formal education in journalism and any computer-related course.

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  • estrella genzola November 11, 2013, 8:00 am

    kng gus2 nio 2mulong s bantayan island mas mgnda kng e personal nio s mga victims ng typhon ung mga ipamigay niong relief goods or etc.at least mkratng tlga s mga mhrap kc minsn ngyari ung nglilista hnd nmn lht dn nailista nla kwawa ung mga tong gutom n at d p mabgyan ngyari n yan last typhon FRANK s santa fe nandon ako during typhon FRANK

  • Joanne Sotocinal November 11, 2013, 8:55 am

    Dear Mr. Umbao,
    I am gravely concerned over a loved one who resides in Bo. Obo-ob in Bantayan Island. She has the same family name as you. Her name is Josefa Desamparado Umbao who was the Yaya of my daughter as well as her father and her father’s siblings.

    She has retired in Bantayan after decades of faithful service to our family. She told me before that her house is located walking distance from the seashore.

    If you by any chance know anything about her, we would greatly appreciate if you could e-mail me please. We want some reassurance that our dear Yaya Pepang is alive.

    • Ed Umbao November 11, 2013, 11:06 am

      Ate tatawag na lang daw po sa inyo si Kelly Gemepino may details po siya patungkol kay Tiya Fefang, maraming salamat po sa concerned.

  • Joanne Sotocinal November 11, 2013, 11:21 am

    Dear Mr. Umbao,
    Are you a relative of Yaya Pepang? Is Yaya safe? We are all concerned, including her alagas abroad.
    Who is Kelly Gemepino? Is she a niece. The one who used to text me when Yaya Pepang wanted to relay a message to me was named Madonna.

    My cell no. IS 0917-9140010

    • Ed Umbao November 11, 2013, 12:48 pm

      Kelly Sarraga Gemepino is also a relative of Tiya Pepang, relative ko rin po si Tiyay Pepang. na relay na po yong message kinokontak pa rin po si Madonna.
      “Ok lang sya ligtas,but lisod ang pagkaon ,ug ang blay need to build,” yan lang po ang message mula sa may mga kontak doon sa amin sa Bantayan.

      Translation (Ok lang po siya ligtas, but mahirap yong pagkain, ang bahay need to build.”

      Salamat po nakipag coordinate na po kami sa mga local officials don for other updates.

  • Joanne Sotocinal November 11, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Thank you very much, Mr. Umbao for the update. Please tell Yaya Pepang we will help her . Please send our love to her.

    Thank God I found you on the internet.

    When I was thinking of Yaya, I said to myself that no one could survive the storm surge by the sea. Thank God she relocated.

    • Ed Umbao November 11, 2013, 5:24 pm

      It’s my pleasure Ma’am, kami din po nagpapasalamat dahil ligtas naman po lahat ng families namin sa Bantayan medyo nakakalungkot lang isipin yong mga bahay at ari-arian na nawawala pero sa tulong ng Diyos hopefully makaahon din mga kababayan ko po sa Bantayan island at sa iba pang lugar na sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda.

      Nagpapasalamat din po kami sa inyo sa pagtulong po ninyo kay Tiyay Pepang, puro kabutihan po ang naririnig po naming feedback mula sa inyo na kanyang amo. Maraming Salamat po, God Bless po…

  • Jacinth November 11, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks for the information.
    I’m glad to hear my mama bear is safe even though wala na amu full house. Can I ask how’s the electric system work there? how come I received a single text the last day.

  • Joanne Sotocinal November 11, 2013, 5:30 pm

    Yaya Pepang is the Best Yaya – loving, loyal, dedicated, prayerful. Love begets love. She has showered us with her goodness during the many years of her stay with the Dulce Family and it is only right that we treat her with love, kindness and gratitude. Thank you so much for giving us inner peace now that we know that she and her family are safe. I hope that soon the relief goods will reach Bantayan so that there will be food and water for everyone. Do you know if Yaya is staying in a relative’s house or in an evacuation center?

  • Melanie November 12, 2013, 4:40 am

    Hi, i’m looking for my uncle. He and his family is living on Bantayan island, in Sungko. His name ist Holger and the name of his wife is Elizabeth…the childs name are AJ and Clark… May be, anybody can tell me something about them…i hope they are alive.

  • Mae November 12, 2013, 9:10 am

    May staff po kami na walang balita sa father at kapatid nya. They are living in Barangay Bantige, Bantayan Island. Baka po may balita kayo sa lugar na ito? Thank you.

  • Mae November 12, 2013, 9:14 am

    Here are the names of the persons:
    Father – Rolando Villacastin Sr.
    Brother – Rolando Villacastin Jr.

    Thank you.

  • CHAN November 12, 2013, 11:16 am

    Please help us find out my 2 niece John Vincent A. Dumopoy 18 yrs old, Aldrien A. Dumopoy 4 yrs old, in Bantayan Island, Cebu and let us know soon. My parents are worried. We haven’t have any information about them up to now. PLEASSEEE HELLPPP US!!!!!!

  • Dan Grimes November 14, 2013, 5:58 pm

    I need help if someone can tell me Rony, Sabrina and the four kids who are American/Filipino just recently moved to Bantayan for good. The last name is Banks.

    Please let me know since no communication at all from them.

  • john merrill November 26, 2013, 12:43 pm

    may nakaka kilala ba sa pamilya nila nico vondeling and liza Fernandez .or any picture of their place. nico beach resort.
    John & Cristy Merrill.Friends of Comotes

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