By Joel E. Capundan
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Feb. 16 (PNA)– Capiznon have many reasons to celebrate life 100 days after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the province of Capiz.
In collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), series of activities have been conducted to commemorate the 100 days after Yolanda to include thanksgiving mass for life after the disaster, launching of the photo exhibit and flag raising ceremony.
Provincial Administrator Jose O. Villanueva, who is the overall chairperson of the event, said the photo-exhibit at the new Robinsons Shopping Mall in Roxas City launched on February 13, showcased Capiznon’s resiliency.
He said the thanksgiving mass on Feb. 16 was officiated by Capiz Archbishop Jose F. Advincula at the Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral attended by key provincial officials together with local, international and private organizations.
Villanueva also said that the flag-raising ceremony in front of the provincial capitol on February 17 will be simultaneously done with various agencies in the municipalities and schools in the entire province here, with the message of Capiz Governor Victor Tanco to be read during the event.
He explained that the week-long activity envisions to promote resilience, strength and camaraderie among Capizeños especially in times of calamity and disaster.
On the other hand, Gov. Tanco stressed that typhoon Yolanda was a great challenge, putting Capizeños to longest fear and hardest test, yet the people have become victorious and survivors who are seen still standing, united, harmonious and strong.
He said that the 100 days of commemorating Yolanda means a hundred days of sustained strength as people and 100 days of showing to the world and to the Philippine nation the Capizeños unwavering Filipino trait of resiliency and victory.
Tanco pointed out that the celebration is a thanksgiving looking forward with high hopes that God will bless every Capizeño’s home.
The provincial chief executive likewise acknowledged and appreciated the help and the continuous help of everyone, particularly employees of the provincial government, national government agencies, local government units throughout the country, international governments and non-government organizations worldwide.
Tanco also expressed his gratitude to all private individuals, institutions and agencies for showing their faith and confidence that Capizeños are people worthy of their help and assistance.
As he congratulated the people here for the job well done, Tanco also urged everyone to continue their support with each other and stand up as one united province.
During the launching at Robinson Shopping Mall, the video presentation was shown featuring actions initiated by the provincial government before, during and after the super typhoon.
The video footages were prepared by the Capiz Provincial Press Bureau headed by Edward Basilonia. (PNA)