The phone keeps ringing at Evelina Cui’s house in Pasadena. It’s another friend, asking for the latest on Tacloban, her childhood home and the city hardest-hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
"It is really catastrophic destruction," Cui, an administrative assistant at Cal Tech told her friend. "I cannot even watch the TV anymore, because it is so depressing."
Cui fields a lot of phone calls as a board member of the An Taclobanon Association of Southern California.
Founded in the mid-1980s, the group has nearly 200 active members who come from the coastal city, or have strong familial ties to it.
Hundreds more attend the annual cultural festival the group puts on each year, which draws Taclobanons from across North America to the Los Angeles area.
A screen shot from the Facebook page of GMA News, part of a Philippines-based media network.
With telephone communication still not an option in the worst-stricken areas of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, social media has become a fallback resource for those seeking news of loved ones and others hoping to help connect families.
The Facebook pages of Philippines-based and Filipino American media outlets, hometown groups and others have become bulletin boards of sorts - displaying photos and pleading messages in Tagalog and English from people trying to locate relatives.
"Hi Good day!" one woman posted on the Facebook page "I Love Tacloban," referring to the city hardest hit by the storm."Can you please check our family/relatives at Basioville, Tigbao, Diit, Tacloban City."
Her post ticks off a long list of names - relatives that she's hoping to hear about.
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Damage in the aftermath of deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Many Filipino Americans have yet to get word of loved ones' fate.
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Virgie Lyons, a shop owner in Eagle Rock, has been scouring Filipino newspapers and YouTube for word about her relatives in the Philippines. She said she got a call from her brother on Sunday night.
After days of dreading bad news about what Typhoon Haiyan did to her family, and hours spent scouring YouTube and Filipino newspapers for any clues, Virgie Lyons got the call.
Her brother had traveled for an hour outside of disaster-hit Tacloban in the Philippines, searching for a cell phone signal. He finally got through on Sunday night to tell her their close relatives had survived.
But the Eagle Rock shop owner detected a catch in her brother's voice. She asked him what was wrong. He told her his 17-year-old daughter had died, her body found floating in the water.
"For about five seconds, I can't breathe," Lyons said.
There are still few working lines of communication to the Philippines, but they're starting to open up, and with the arrival of news comes both relief and heartbreak.
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