By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN CITY – Taclobanons commemorated Super-typhoon Yolanda’s 6th anniversary Friday 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 everyone 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 10-meter 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.