In commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda’s 4th year anniversary, three thousand candles were lightened in the Yolanda Candlelight Memorial in Coca-Cola Junction in Tacloban City yesterday, November 8, 2017.
In his talk, Jeff Manibay, who heads the group Leyte First stressed that this year’s candlelight memorial focuses on global warming and the destruction it inflicts on helpless communities.
“As living witnesses to history’s mightiest storm and its deadly aftermath, this is our call to end climate-altering methods that ultimately destroy rather than nurture a safer planet for all our people have suffered. No one deserves to suffer this way again. For the sake of all our children across the globe, end it here. End it now”, he ended.
Hundreds of wooden crosses were put on the junction of the road and attendees of the activity were given candles to offer for those who died during the typhoon.
Meanwhile, the city government of Tacloban spearheaded by Mayor Cristina Romualdez also held several activities such as the thanksgiving mass and wreath-laying ceremonies in Tacloban and Palo on November 7 and a floral and lighted-candle raft offering to those who died in the waters of Cancabato Bay and the releasing of sky lanterns at Balyuan Grounds on November 8.
The candlelight memorial was organized by Leyte First with the support of environmentalist Greenpeace and the office of Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez of the First District of Leyte.
Reported by: Hennah Bagalan and Regine Burce