As Philippines recovers from Typhoon Haiyan, devastation spurs shopping spree in Tacloban

By Chico Harlan, January 12, 2014

TACLOBAN, Philippines — This city of survivors is also, by extension, a city of shoppers. People here lost almost everything, and now, they’re in a rush to buy it back.

Two months after a typhoon mangled this city, its shopping scene is perhaps the most encouraging barometer of recovery. Thousands throng the downtown streets each day, where makeshift rows of vendors hawk everything from pizza cutters to pork. For $7, you can even buy a T-shirt that says, “Tacloban survivor.”

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