TACLOBAN CITY- The city government here has awarded four media practitioners who perished when super typhoon Yolanda made its landfall in this city on November 2013.
“We may miss their voices on air, but they left behind the legacy of love of service,” said City Councilor Cristina Gonzales during the 7th Sangyaw Post Humous Awards on Friday night at the Robinsons Tacloban Movieworld.
By choice, they opted to stay and be of service to the people of Tacloban, in exchange of sacrificing their lives and family.
DYBR Kaugop radio announcers Archie Globio and Malou Realino didn’t survive the wrath of the catastrophe. So with DYVL Aksyon Radion reporter Ronald Viñas and technician Allan Medino.
Globio and Realino fought for their lives, but got lost together when storm surges whipped by powerful winds hit their radio stations.
While Viñas who was seen last at the station’s door eventually disappeared and until now his body is still missing.
Medino who went back inside the station to secure radio equipments didn’t make it instead his body was seen besides radio equipment inside the announcers booth.
In recognition to their valor act of service, the Tacloban city government through Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and wife Cristina, the Sangyaw Festival executive committee chair together with its officers handed over the award to the families and friends of journalists.
Their colleagues described Medino as a jolly guy while Viñas a serious one.
Meanwhile Globio and Realino share the same traits of being competent, loyal, on time and devoted to their work.
Equally given recognition were five firemen who also died while rescuing others namely Ricardo Raga, Marius Andre Sison, Melquiades Baguio, Rolando Cinco and Felix Miranda.
“We take pride in honoring such a noble deed, they left behind the legacy of service, which will be closely treasured,” Romualdez said. PNA