A year after Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) hit Northern Mindanao (particularly the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro), more than 1,000 people died and more than 500 persons remain missing. In an effort to provide the bereaved families with a place where they can honor their loved ones who untimely passed away, a group composed of female community movers conceptualized the Sendong Memorial Wall project. JCI Bai Lawanen, Mindanao’s first all-lady chapter of the Junior Chamber International – Philippines, started the Sendong Memorial Wall community project, which aims to serve as a sanctuary for the grieving families.
The Sendong Memorial Wall is an 8×12 ft. size memorial wall, made of Romblon marble. Names of those who died and who remain missing due to Typhoon Sendong are etched on the said wall. The Sendong Memorial Wall is located at Gaston Park, in front of the Saint Augustine Church, Cagayan de Oro City.
Today, December 17, 2012, a year after Typhoon Sendong, the memorial wall will finally be unveiled. A mass will be held at 6 PM while a mini concert will be held at 7 PM.
The public, especially the families of the victims, are especially encouraged to come and honor their loved ones. Please feel free to share this post and do come and see the Sendong Memorial Wall.
* photo courtesy of Gean Cesar