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SLIDESHOW: Life after the earthquakes in Tingloy, Batangas

Text by Patrick Quintos, Photos by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 13 2017 11:48 PM

Summer has always been a happy time in the remote island of Tingloy in Batangas as tourists flock to its white sand beaches, but it has been unusually quiet since last week's earthquakes.

Houses are empty after residents fled to neighboring towns or stayed the night in makeshift tents. They fear that the frequent aftershocks would destroy their homes.

Some of the elderly have started to fall sick. The hospital in the town center is two hours by foot from far-flung villages.

Sunrise at Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Typical scene around the Municipality of Tingloy where the majority of the population depends on fishing. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A boy walks past a concrete road damaged by the earthquake last April 8. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A scenic view of the Maricaban Island seen from the window of a damaged house caused by the twin quake last April 8. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A house under construction collapsed after the twin quakes that hit Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Zoraida Dimaala, 69 years old, sits outside her house damaged by the twin quakes last April 8 in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A pair of shoes left with debris inside a house damaged by the twin quakes last April 8 in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A man tells children not to panic as they run outside their homes during an aftershock in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A resident sits outside a house with big cracks, damaged by the twin quakes last April 8 in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

An old man shows a big crack on the floor caused by the twin quakes last April 8 in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A statue of the Child Jesus (Sto. Nino) stands among concrete debris inside a bedroom of an abandoned house, after the twin quakes hit Barangay Gamao, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A man checks his house that was damaged by the twin quakes last April 8 in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A woman sits outside her house damaged by the twin quakes last April 8 in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Senior citizen Norma Austria reads the Holy Bible beside a makeshift room, where she chooses to stay, after the twin quakes damaged her house in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A couple fixes their makeshift room made of blankets in an open area in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Tingloy, Batangas. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Residents carry sacks of rice and a box of relief goods for the residents. Barangay officials raised concern on the insufficient amount of relief goods being sent to the barangay. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Residents help repack rice for distribution to local residents. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Residents opt to stay in tents far from trees and concrete houses in case another quake hits the area. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Residents watch the news inside their makeshift tent. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Residents opt to stay in tents far from trees and concrete houses in case another quake hits the area. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Residents opt to stay in tents far from trees and concrete houses in case another quake hits the area. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A senior citizen rests on a carton with other residents who opt to stay in open areas of the Barangay, fearing that another quake would hit again. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A senior citizen tells a story of his experience during the quake and why he opted to stay in the evacuation area of Barangay Sto. Tomas. The hot temperature of the ground and the cold air during night time make the senior residents susceptible to cough and colds. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Men carry a sick relative down a makeshift wooden ramp to an outrigger boat in Tingloy before travelling to mainland Batangas on Wednesday. The swarms of aftershocks pushed residents to travel out of the island after houses were damaged by the twin quake last Saturday. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News