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The road to Makandring

Sergio Pontillas | Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines

Organization: Save Palawan Movement / iStock Getty Images / Getty Images

Disembarking from our hired habal-habal (motorcycle with driver for hire), we chanced upon a group of uplanders taking a rest break on a shady part of the mountain road.

While national and international media coverage of the devastation of tropical cyclone Rai that hit the Philippines from December 16 to 17 focused on coastal communities and dense population areas in the country, I sailed with an NGO community organizer and a mountain guide from the port of Puerto Princesa on December 21 to the community of Langogan some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of downtown Puerto Princesa, Palawan. We arrived in the evening of the same day and embarked on a rapid assessment of the upland areas of Langogan the following day. I was able to go as far as the enclave of Makandring, some 9 kilometers upland from the main national highway, while my two companions went on to another village of Manggapin to check on the Tagbanua and Batak residents of the mountain village. This exhibit presents what I saw on the mountain road to Makandring and Makandring itself - after the onslaught of typhoon Rai (local name Odette).

All photos were taken with an iPhone 5s. My Nikon D3300 workhorse conked out due to a dead battery upon our arrival in Langogan on the evening of December 21.

email: s.a.pontillas@gmail.com

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