Ta­clobanons re­mem­ber de­parted loved ones on 6th an­niver­sary of ‘Yolanda’

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By MARIE TONETTE MARTICIO

TACLOBAN CITY – Ta­clobanons marked Su­per-ty­phoon Yolanda’s 6th an­niver­sary yes­ter­day by re­mem­ber­ing their loved ones who per­ished dur­ing the on­slaught of the strong­est ty­phoon to hit the coun­try, start­ing the day with a Holy Mass and end­ing it with the peal­ing of church bells.

Mayor Al­fred Ro­mualdez, in his mes­sage dur­ing a mass held on Thurs­day at the Ani­bong Ship­wreck, said ev­ery

one should re­mem­ber the lessons brought by the su­per ty­phoon, not­ing that it is the mis­sion of the survivors to con­vey the mes­sage to the next gen­er­a­tion.

The mayor re­called his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the ty­phoon and urged those liv­ing in dan­ger zones to heed the call to re­lo­cate to safer grounds.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice was high­lighted by a wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony and of­fer­ing of can­dles at the Ship­wreck Me­mo­rial.

On Novem­ber 8, the an­niver­sary of ‘Yolanda,’ a holy mass was of­fered at the mass grave­yard’s newly-built “Cry­ing Cross Mon­u­ment” in Brgy. Basper.

The mon­u­ment fea­tures a 10me­ter con­crete cross with a black oblique gran­ite wall in­scribed with the names of 2,273 ‘Yolanda’ vic­tims in Tacloban.

A wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity that can sup­ply potable wa­ter to over 14,000 dis­placed fam­i­lies in the north­ern re­set­tle­ment ar­eas was also in­au­gu­rated, with In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mar­jorie Jalosjos and Of­fice of Civil De­fense Un­der­sec­re­tary Ri­cardo Jalad in Brgy. San Isidro at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony.

It was fol­lowed by a me­mo­rial pro­gram at the Tacloban City Con­ven­tion Cen­ter where a me­mo­rial marker has been placed near Ma­gal­lanes District where hun­dreds of Ta­clobanons were hit by the storm surge.

In the evening, a can­dle­light me­mo­rial cer­e­mony and the si­mul­ta­ne­ous peal­ing of bells in churches around Tacloban capped the event.

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