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[dropcap letter="A"]s thousands of people were displaced due to typhoon Yolanda, most have fled the ravaged provinces of Leyte and Samar to seek food, shelter and relatives to start a new beginning.

Most of them have arrived at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Manila. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at least 4,000 individuals and more than 1,000 families have arrived from the heavily affected areas. Different volunteer groups have since been providing free meals, calls, massages, hair cuts and even rides to the homes of their relatives here in Manila.

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Army personnel rush to a C130 aircraft as a batch of typhoon Yolanda survivors arrive.

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The Villamor Airbase grandstand was used as the relief operations area and temporary shelter.

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Nuns assist in counseling the survivors.

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A DSWD personnel monitors the arrival of survivors at the Airbase.

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Free massages were offered to relieve a bit of stress.

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Free haircuts, too.

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Air Force personnel rush a pregnant woman to an ambulance, the woman was due to give birth.

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The elderly were given priority.

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Telecommunication companies set up booths so survivors can easily get in touch with their relatives and friends.

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They were given free transportation by the "Oplan Hatid" program.

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Volunteers from Art Relief prepare food for the people arriving.

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They've been providing free meals for the survivors and the volunteers.

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Military personnel unload relief goods into the Villamor Air Base.

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Some groups brought donated clothes to distribute to the arriving survivors.

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The smallest things give joy.

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Mark R. Cristino

Mark Fredesjed R. Cristino is a freelance photographer based in Manila, Philippines. He started out with photography as a hobby, but eventually explored it as a career. When he got injured as an athlete, he focused his photography on the sports he played. Eventually, he tried out other genres and landed into photojournalism. He then joined different workshops and became an associate member of the Photojournalist Center of the Philippines (PCP) and finished a Diploma in Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University.


 

Currently, Mark works with various clients ranging from news and sports media outlets to corporate events, weddings and interiors.

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