Woman drives 600 miles, saves 27 typhoon victims in Philippines

Children hold signs asking for help and food along the highway, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tabogon town in Cebu Province, central Philippines. Credit: Reuters
Children hold signs asking for help and food along the highway, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tabogon town in Cebu Province, central Philippines.
Credit: Reuters

After not hearing from her family in the central Philippines for four days, Regina “Gina” Balosca Sculley knew she had to do something. So the 34-year-old woman rented a van and set off on a 600-mile journey to rescue her family members from a village ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, reports NBC.

Her husband, Michael Sculley, told NBC, “It’s unbelievable, it’s like a movie.” The Sculleys live in Angeles City, near Manila, but Gina’s family lives just 30 miles away from Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas. Sculley and seven of her friends left home Tuesday and drove a 12-seat van 600 miles to the south, passing through dangerous areas plagued by militia attacks and even a prison break.

Still, Sculley carried on with her mission and reached her hometown of MacArthur in Leyte province on Friday, where she found it flattened by Haiyan. She found her family members, and though they were sick and dehydrated, they were all alive. Sculley and her friends passed out 45 gallons of water, 110 pounds of rice and hundreds of dollars’ worth of nonperishable food and medicine to the villagers. Sculley said she wished she could have helped more people, but her relatives were her top priority.

A dozen of Sculley’s relatives and family friends squeezed into her van, while 15 others were given bus fare to get back to the north. The evacuees are now staying in an apartment near the Sculleys’ home as they figure out how to move forward.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.


Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.


Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.