City Gov’t to lead 4th Year Commemoration of Yolanda
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – To commemorate the fourth anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan), the City Government of Tacloban has lined up several activities on November 7 and 8, that will include a Memorial Mass at the Anibong Shipwreck and the Commemorative Program at the Astrodome.
Activities at the Anibong Memorial on November 7, include a Mass at 4:30 p.m., followed by a short program, 5:30 p.m., that will include a Wreath-laying and Candle Offering ceremony to be led by Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez, together with City Government and Barangay Officials, and former Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez.
To make way for the commemorative activities in the area, Paseo de Legazpi, Anibong and Rawis Roads will be closed to traffic starting 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Alternate routes for vehicles coming to and from the downtown area are Osmeña Avenue to Sabang District or Naga-Naga; those entering Kassel and Kristina Heights can exit at Osmeña Avenue towards Sabang District.
The Anibong Memorial located in Barangay 68 Anibong, features the bow of MV Eva Jocelyn, a cargo vessel which was washed ashore by the powerful storm surge generated by the 370 Km/h winds of Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013. The ship rammed into 14 houses and killed 11 people at the height of the super typhoon.
Meantime, around 5 a.m. of November 8, City Hall Officials and employees, and Barangay Officials will participate in a Commemorative Walk from the City Hall to the Tacloban City Convention Center (Astrodome), to be followed by a Mass and Commemorative Program, 8:30 a.m.
Among the Government dignitaries expected to attend the program is Undersecretary Wendel Avisado, Presidential Assistant on Yolanda Rehabilitation; who will read a message from President Rodrigo Duterte during the event.
OPM Artist Wency Cornejo and the I love Tacloban Band will perform songs during the program that will be highlighted by a Wreath Laying at the Astrodome Memorial. Unveiled in 2015, the Astrodome Memorial is located near the Astrodome, which sheltered 8,000 evacuees during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda. The marker has a Memorial Wall where the names of Taclobanons killed during the Super Typhoon are etched.
The traditional simultaneous candle-lighting along the streets of Tacloban will also be held at 6 p.m. on November 8, to be followed by the releasing of Sky Lanterns (9:00 p.m.) sponsored by 1st District Congresswoman Yedda K. Romualdez.
Meanwhile, classes and work in Public and Private Schools and Government Offices are suspended on Wednesday in Tacloban, following Executive Order 2017-10-076 signed by Mayor Romualdez. – Henry James G. Roca