AS Waraynons or Eastern Visayas (Region 8) natives remember the wrath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) in their province on Nov. 8, 2013, various groups and individuals from Leyte province hold a fundraising drive to help victims of Super Typhoon “Rolly” (international name: “Goni”) that recently devastated the Bicol Region.

Barangay Anibong Tacloban City 11082020 - ‘Yolanda’ survivors to raise funds for ‘Rolly’ victims
Masses will be offered on this site at Barangay Anibong, Tacloban City, Leyte
on Nov. 8, 2020 to commemorate the seventh year of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’
(‘Haiyan’) devastation. PHOTO BY NESTOR L.ABREMATEA

The first “Yolanda Commemorative Ride” will be held on Sunday for Waraynons to give back assistance they had received when Yolanda struck Region 8 seven years ago by helping out residents of Bicol.

It will be led by House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, his wife Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez of Tingog party-list and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez.

According to the Romualdez couple, over 2,000 registrants had already signed up for the event.

“We organized this event not only to raise funds. We are here to show our brothers and sisters in Bicol and other areas devastated by the recent typhoon that they are not alone. We are here to stand by them and give them all the support that they need in these trying times,” Romualdez said.

“I have no doubt that with all our support, these survivors can also rebuild their communities just like we did seven years ago. We, Filipinos, are known for our resilience. Hindi tayo kayang pabagsakin ng bagyo o anumang trahedya (Typhoons or tragedies cannot knock us down),” he added.

Yedda Romualdez expressed hope that just like the resilient Waraynons, Bicolanos and the other typhoon victims of Rolly, would also “rise up and emerge stronger” with the help of fellow Filipinos.

“Like a Phoenix, we have risen from the ashes of devastation. It was not easy, but we managed to stand up and recover our ground. Thanks to friends, who rushed to our aid, we were able to resume our daily lives and rebuild our communities,” Yedda Romualdez said.

“This value of ‘malasakit’ prompts us today to gather anew despite the risk brought by the pandemic, to be able to raise funds for our brothers and sisters, who suffered the brunt of Typhoon Rolly. We have heard their cries, and we are here now; ready to rush to their aid,” she added.

The event dubbed as “Sikad: Urusa nga Pagpitad para ha Pag-uswag (Sama-samang Paghakbang para sa Pag-unlad)” will be held at the Tacloban Astrodome on November 8 at 5 a.m. in coordination with the City of Tacloban, Tacloban Sangguniang Kabataan Federation and the Region 8 Bicycle Advocacy Community.

The organizers assured that health protocols will be implemented to ensure the safety of participants, including proper registration; temperature checks; wearing of face masks, face shields and helmets; observation of physical distancing; and regular disinfection.

The event’s sponsors include Sonia’s Bike Shop and Military Supply, Manang Lumings Store, and Show and Go.

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