I am not sure how much has been in the news at home, but the Philippines has been hit very hard by typhoon Bopha (or Pablo). This city is fortunate to be well protected by a bay and the surrounding mountains, but not far from here there is much devastation. The link below is to the blog of a fellow volunteer and her family. They have done a very good job at communicating the situation. If you would like to know more, please take a look.