Typhoon survivors observe 40th day of mourning

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

“PATAPOS,” the final day of mourning for victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), was held in different areas in Tacloban City, Leyte on Wednesday, December 18.

The activity, a communal memorial for thousands of families who lost their loved ones during the typhoon, was initiated by civic group One Tacloban, the Department of Tourism-Eastern Visayas, and CAT Network Tacloban.

40th day of mourning for typhoon victims
TACLOBAN. Residents in Tacloban City light candles along Real Street on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, to mark the 40th day of mourning for their loved ones who died from the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November. (Rowel Montes)

During the event, hundreds of Taclobanons lighted candles, some offered flowers, while others displayed photos and names on posters placed on the roadside from Tacloban airport down to Anibong District to pay their respects to their departed loved ones.

“Tapos” or “Pa-Kwarenta” is a Filipino Catholic tradition that gathers family and friends in solemn rites for a final tribute to those who died.

The synchronized memorial on Wednesday aimed to provide symbolic closure to a tragic event that crushed a city but failed to subdue the will of its people, CAT Network manager Jeff Manibay said.

Manibay was one of the main initiators of the event. He lost his parents in the storm.

Candles lighted along Tacloban City street
TACLOBAN. Candles were placed and lighted along Avenida Veteranos street in Tacloban City, Leyte on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, to mark the 40th day of mourning for victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). (Rowel Montes)

As of December 16, the Office of Civil Defense in Eastern Visayas said at least 2,454 people died in Tacloban City alone (1,341 identified and 1,113 unidentified), while 594 remained missing. (Rowel C. Montes/Sunnex)

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