The Astrodome, located in Tacloban City, is the frequent venue for major sports events, graduation ceremonies, concerts, conventions, and other special events in the city. It is also called as the Tacloban City Convention Center or the Tacloban City Coliseum. The building can accommodate around 4,500 to 5,000 people.
Inaugurated on June 23, 2006, the Astrodome was established at the cost of 200 million pesos. It is the second-biggest indoor arena in the region of Eastern Visayas, following the Ormoc Superdome in Ormoc.
In November 2013, the Tacloban Astrodome served as a refuge for hundreds of locals from the San Jose and Sagkahan areas during the rage of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The structure itself didn’t escape the onslaught of the super typhoon and had several damages on some parts.
Until now, the remainders of the disaster is still visible. Because of this, the municipal authorities decided to turn a part of the edifice into a museum. According to city Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin, the museum is their way of recalling the catastrophic past that happened in Tacloban so that citizens would take the effects of climate change seriously.
All items shredded into pieces, as well as the vessel found in one of the barangays, will be preserved in the Astrodome as testaments. Moreover, the building will also provide shelter for the local people when calamity hits again.
Just beside the Astrodome is the Yolanda Memorial. Launched on November 8, 2015, it is a monument built to honor and remember the lives that were lost in one of the Philippines’ worst tragedies. It is where the names of Taclobanons who passed away during the super typhoon are engraved. Also, it will stand as an important reminder that regardless of misfortune, Taclobanons, and the Filipinos altogether, can rise again and eventually recover.