By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
PALO, Leyte – Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda celebrated a holy mass in the Palo Cathedral on Thursday (November 8) to remember their loved ones who perished during the wrath of the storm five years ago.
Over 1,000 bodies were buried in the mass grave inside the cathedral’s compound, but only 291 have been identified up to this time.
Rev. Fr. Sunny Quejada, the main celebrant of the mass, reminded the people to be thankful for the second life given to them despite their grief.
“Continue your mission through serving others because you were spared from the typhoon by God,” he told the people.
He added that they should not forget those who died because they have been part of their lives.
“We should not forget them, instead they should fuel us to continue with our lives. Their earthly life has ended because they are already with God,” he noted.
After the mass, the families offered flowers and blue balloons forming a rosary for their departed loved ones.
They also released white doves.