Yolanda survivor's book gets US awards recognition

By Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News Tacloban

Posted at Jul 24 2014 08:06 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2014 10:51 AM

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TACLOBAN CITY - To let the whole world know what happened during the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) was the inspiration of a Waraynon author who wrote the first and the only book about Yolanda survivors.

"All the suffering, all the death and the destruction around us, and I made a vow to myself that the world should know what happened here," Albert Mulles, the Taclobanon author, said.

The book, titled "Typhoon Haiyan, the Untold Story," is a non-fiction drama that tells the story of a protagonist and other survivors' first-hand accounts of how they survived. It is a story of hope and survival.

It tells the 15-day journey of a Yolanda survivor after the typhoon, the people he met, and their stories.

The book reflects the Filipino spirit, the Filipinos' resiliency, and how they easily surpass a calamity.

"It is a story of our humanity, ito yung totoong istorya ng pagkatao natin, how we made it during trials and tribulations; how people have come together; how we survive as one," Mulles said.

Since its launch in the United States, it has been given a major nomination from the prestigious International Book Awards Organization Reader's Favorite. The book was granted with a 5-star Seal of Excellence.

The e-book can be bought online. It will be launched in November here in the Philippines.

Mulles dedicates the book to Yolanda survivors. He is also a Yolanda survivor himself.