SLIDESHOW: Surviving the memories of Yolanda

Photos by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Nov 10 2014 04:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2018 08:11 PM

In 2013, super typhoon Yolanda ravaged central Philippines. Thousands died and the families that lost their loved ones were left with the task of looking for their loved ones from underneath debris.

An estimated six million children were affected. Up to this day many young people tremble at the sound of rain. Some of the children slowly recovered from the trauma of a tragedy that took their parents, children, brothers and sisters. Experts have said the recovery from this trauma will be long. Many survivors have left their hometown and evacuated to Metro Manila, hoping to escape the memories that the tragedy brought.

Bryll Berico, Baibai, a college student left his hometown in Leyte to continue his studies in Manila. But to him, the memories of the tragedy that is called Yolanda frequently haunts him as he spends his time in his new found home.

Bryll Berico, Baibai, a college student left his hometown in Leyte to continue his studies in Manila. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Baibai spends his time reading books on psychology. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

These days, he studies trigonometry. He will be enrolled next semester at a local IT computer school. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Baibai at his new found home. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

“I sit here,” he says as he stands at the dining room where he and his uncles and cousins share their meals. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Simple lang ang buhay ko dun, sobrang saya. Ang family talaga hindi mapapalitan ang true happiness kaya minsan nakaka-miss lalo na sa mother ko, yung biological mother ko. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Baibai spends most of his time in the room. He was raised as an only child while his mother is out of the country as an Overseas Contract Worker. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He spends time listening to Christian music. “After eating, soundtrip tapos nagbabasa ng libro. Kay kuya yung earphones na to e, hiniram ko lang po. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Some of the books he reads inside the room. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Graphic novels also helps him during breaks from school. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

A bracelet given by his friends from Tacloban keeps him company. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Baibai remains in contact with his mother in Bahrain through private messages on the social network. “Usually nagrereply po sya mga gabi. Minsan tinatanong nya ko sa love life.” Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

The bungalow of his uncle is an airy property in Quezon City. His family decided to send him to Manila to continue his studies in April 2014 even as his community in Tacloban are rebuilding their lives after Yolanda. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He plays with the family pets near the gate. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

The house he calls home in Manila has an open lot where he can walk and clear his mind. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He gestures as he explains how hard the Yolanda's winds were blowing. “Yung hangin from the mountain, mas malakas yung impact kasi bumubuwelo [sa] taas tapos pagbaba sobrang lakas na. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Wood panels stand near the concrete fence. Most of the doors in the house have been taken out. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He recalls how the wind flattened the landscape in Tacloban, “sobrang lakas ng hangin parang in an instant natumba agad yung bahay.” Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

A green plant creeps along a dry patch of dirt in the open lot beside the house. “Di ako mentally prepared sa mangyayari sa amin after nun.' He says, 'Iniisip ko lang nun is safety ng family ko, ng sarili ko. For one year, siguro, it’s not enough… hindi lang sa utak pero pati dun sa damdamin ng nasalanta.” Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He takes a break at the vacant lot beside the house. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He pauses as he takes a break at the vacant lot beside the house. “Kapag nasa downside ako, parang gusto ko ng strength. Parang nirerelate ko rin kasi sa sarili ko yung song yung lagi akong ano, malungkot tapos nag ho-hope” Nanghihingi ng prayers galing kay God na maging okay din yung situation, sa lahat ng nangyari for the past years.” Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Some goats are raised beside the property. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

A dachsund plays with Baibai at the front entrance to the house. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

His aunt rests as he enters the main house. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He fixes a cup of coffee. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

After fixing coffee and a snack, he hurries back inside his room. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

A view of the house from inside his room Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He sits inside his room in a house where there are no doors. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

He shows pictures of his friends back home in Tacloban. &ldquoKapag naalala ko yung mga moment na helpless ako, na wala akong magawa sa buhay na naipit ito.. minsan may mga tumatawag sa aking friends para kamustahin ako. Kamustahin yung kalagayan ko. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com