ESQUIRE Philippines decided to forgo the usual cover format for their December-January issue, in hopes that people would not lose sight of the dismal situation of the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda. “No matter how much we’ve already seen or read, we haven’t seen or read enough. If there’s anything that we’ve learned in the course of making this issue, it’s that people want their stories to be told. We know this, because they’ve told us so. They want to be heard; they don’t want to be forgotten,” writes Esquire Editor-in-Chief Erwin Romulo in his editors’ note.
“This is Tacloban,” reads the beginning of a vivid account by Esquire Writer-at-Large Patricia Evangelista, who spent 18 days in Tacloban gathering stories from the victims, and depicting the unsettling realities the calamity has brought. “On the day after Haiyan, there were bodies in backyards leaning on refrigerators, inside houses jammed behind closets, in bathrooms and bedrooms and on the edges of the airport road wrapped in Rainbow Brite bed sheets,” Patricia writes. Together with photographers Carlo Gabuco and Rick Rocomora, Land of the Mourning will help the Philippines not to forget. “There is no room for imagination or exaggeration here. All the narrative rules are broken. Every comforting truth suspended,” she continues.
Esquire Features Editor Audrey Carpio also talks to Dr. Mahar Lagmay of Project Noah, our nation’s forecaster of disaster, as he accounts for the events of the last days before landfall. Dr. Mahar talks about the fair warning of Yolanda’s rage that he gave but no one listened to. Whether in the midst of storms, literal or metaphorical, of situations God-wrought or of their own making, Esquire puts together their annual What I’ve Learned Special with names who made news during the latter part of the year: Arturo Luz, Lav Diaz, Atom Araullo, Chito Miranda, Freddie Aguilar, Sandy Daza, David Guerrero, and Nonong Cruz.
Plus an exclusive photo essay by Tim Serrano shows the real state of the NGOs linked to the controversial pork barrel scam. Find out where your taxes went in this haunting visual story.
To end on a lighter note, the staff of Esquire ventures into the Manila night scene and returns with stories of nostalgia, flirtation and escape, in Esquire’s Nightout. Find out about the new hangouts making buzz, and a glimpse as what you can expect.
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