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Updated: 11/23/2013 08:00:02AM

Physicians plan mercy mission

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Long lines await aid on Bantayan Island after Typhoon Haiyan made its fourth landfall in the Philippines Nov. 8. The typhoon, 370 miles in diameter, wreaked havoc on the island nation, prompting local drives to raise money, supplies and awareness to help with the recovery.

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Before-and-after images of the fishing village on Bantayan Island show the destructive power of Typhoon Haiyan. The village is the home of local pediatrician Dr. Rhona Holganza's father, who survived the high winds and storm surge.

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Children pray for relief on Bantayan Island in Cebu Province, Philippines, in the wake of destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan.

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The town center of the fishing village also endured extensive damage from Typhoon Haiyan, which claimed more than 5,000 lives.

By GARY ROBERTS

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Dr. Mark Asperilla is no stranger to human suffering, on a personal level or a grand scale.

Asperilla has lent his medical skills and more in response to natural disasters. Following the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti, he led a humanitarian mission from Charlotte County, providing medical supplies and services. While there, Asperilla also initiated a plan to build an orphanage that today provides a home for 32 children.

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