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Not too long ago, the strongest worldwide record of super typhoon in recent history struck Leyte in 2013, killing 2,200 locals and practically leveled the capital city of Tacloban to the grounds. Its strong winds (velocity of 195 mph) uprooted trees, roofs, and caused storm surges as high as 10-20 feet that smashed into the nearby communities and turned the province into a wasteland. Years later, the newly rebuilt Tacloban city commemorates the lives lost during this natural catastrophe with the Yolanda Memorial Monument, located in Sagkahan district, beside Tacloban Convention Center, also known as Astrodome.
In the duration of the storm, the Astrodome served as an evacuation center for 8,000 residents, which is why it’s fitting that a Memorial monument is built beside it. Other than the victims’ loved ones, the memorial monument also served as a token of gratitude for the organizations, institutions and individuals who donated and helped in the City’s rebuilding. It was estimated that the cost of loss and damages reached PHP 101.97 billion, of which PHP 48.97 billion was from Eastern Visayas. But because of the outpour of international help, the City managed to restore its former glory in a few years’ time.
Another remarkable memorial is the M/V Eva Jocelyn, a cargo vessel swept ashore of Barangay Anibong due to the strong storm surges. After the storm, the government restored the ship’s bow and allowed visitors in the ship to take photos and relive their Titanic fantasy.