GMA News TV airs 'Six Hours: Surviving Typhoon Yolanda' docu

MANILA, Philippines – GMA Network's news and public affairs division GMA News TV is set to air on Sunday, November 9, 2014 a powerful documentary entitled "Six Hours: Surviving Typhoon Yolanda" in time for the first anniversary of the strongest tropical cyclone that hit Visayas region.

Typhoon Yolanda survivor

Produced by U.S. production house Big Monster Entertainment, the documentary with an Emmy-nominated trailer retells the story of Yolanda’s shocking devastation primarily through the eyes and cameras of GMA anchor and senior reporter Jiggy Manicad and his news coverage team.


GMA has assigned Manicad to Tacloban City when Typhoon Yolanda and the unexpected storm surge that followed hit Leyte province.

With no electricity or cell signal, losing all means of communication with the outside world and with the roads impassable by car, he and his teammates decided to walk to the GMA satellite set-up in Palo, Leyte which turned out to be six hours away.

On their journey by foot they documented survivors in shock, those carrying their dead and unidentified bodies scattered all over the roads.

Jiggy Manicad Typhoon Yolanda documentary

At the time, the outside world had yet to realize the extent of human loss caused by the typhoon.

Unprepared for their journey by foot, Manicad’s team had no food or water with them and their feet began to blister … their only hope was that the team of GMA reporters at the remote site were still alive and that the satellite in Palo would manage to function so they could report the full story.

The haunting documentary Six Hours: Surviving Typhoon Yolanda makes its television premiere on GMA News TV Channel 11 this November 9 at 8 p.m.

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