Dark New Year's eve welcomed in typhoon-hit Albay

Karren Canon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2017 06:58 PM

ALBAY - Thousands slept through New Year's Eve in the dark in Albay province, with power yet to be restored one week after Typhoon Nina struck the Bicol region.

Many areas in the towns of Guinobatan, Ligao, Oas, Polangui and Libon are still without power.

Instead of preparing a traditional Media Noche or midnight meal to welcome 2017, residents chose to either save money to repair or rebuild their homes.

A family spends New Year's Eve in a makeshift house. Karren Canon, ABS-CBN News

Ramel Mirafuentes was one of the few who put together a simple meal of noodles and round fruits.

Ramel Mirafuentes sits with his daughter for the traditional Media Noche. Karren Canon, ABS-CBN News

Romeo and Alma Resari, who lost their home due to the storm's strong winds, spent New Year’s Eve mass with their 12 children.

Alma and Romeo prays during the New Year's Eve mass. Karren Canon, ABS-CBN News

In Albay's second district, power was restored just a few hours before New Year’s Eve, but many still chose to spend in in hotels to watch fireworks displays.

"Nina," which struck on Christmas Day, damaged around 30,897 houses in the Bicol region, according to the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).