Book Cover of Typhoon Haiyan The Untold Story by writer and Haiyan survivor Albert Mullés

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines–Albert Veloso Mullés, a writer and Haiyan survivor in Tacloban city, has immortalized the pain and the devastation of last year’s super typhoon in his debut book “Typhoon Haiyan the Untold Story: A Story of Hope and Survival.”

Initially released in an eBook format, Mullés’ creative non-fiction novel will also be launched in a paperback edition in the last quarter of this year.

“It’s a compelling work of non-fiction that recaptivates the drama and tragic loss of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. I’d like to invite readers to join us in this epic survival story, a story of our people, and a far more greater story of our humanity,” Mullés, 30, said on what to expect from the book.

“ We survived because we choose to, and we survived because we wanted to make sure that we, the survivors, will continue to go on surviving even if that means having to survive on our own,” he added.

The book is the first of its kind to have come out after the tragedy in November 8 last year which killed over 10,000 people and displaced four million others in central Philippines.

The author also opined on the need for the government to seriously proceed on its Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), saying: “The building of infrastructure even along coastal communities must be planned cohesively with a vision for long-term development goals.”

“But it should not be swayed on just rebuilding typhoon resilient houses alone or designing climate adaptable communities, for its real essence is anchored in how we can empower people with skills to become self-sufficient and productive,” he wrote in the epilogue.

In writing the book firsthand, Mullés, who is also an English coach at Saint Paul School of Business and Law in Palo, Leyte, hoped that the readers and the public will have “a change of perspective” about what was really happening on the ground during the storm.

“It will catch you in a moment of truth when you hadn’t even seen it coming.”

“Typhoon Haiyan the Untold Story” is widely available in most online eBook retailers like Rakuten, Kobo Bookstore, Amazon Kindle, FNAC, Xinxii Europe, Apple iBookstore, Lulu, and many more.

The book is also available in 170 countries where e-reader devices are available.

According to Mullés, part of the proceeds of the book will go to help the orphans of the victims of the super typhoon in Leyte and Samar.

Incidentally, the book, barely forty days into its launch in the United States, got its first major nomination from the prestigious International Book Awards Organization Reader’s Favorite held annually in Miami, Florida.

“I received a letter today granting the book its first 5-Star Seal for Excellence and an endorsement for the contest. I continue my advocacy to dedicate this book to the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan… and to the Great Filipino people, especially those who continue to suffer from the misfortune of our typhoons,” Mullés announced on his social media account. (PNA/RONALD REYES)