TACLOBAN CITY: There were four ships that ran aground in Barangay Anibong in this city at the height of the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda two years ago.
Three of these vessels were already taken apart and its parts sold to junkshops.
The fourth vessel, the M/V Eva Jocelyn, now serves as a memorial for the survivors of the killer typhoon and the visitors of the city. The vessel was cut in half, leaving the bow.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez had asked the owner to leave the vessel in Barangay Anibong.
The bow of the ship has been encased in concrete and will soon serve as a park. The city spent at least P1.2 million for the construction of the memorial.
Most of the city residents appreciate the initiative of the city government in establishing the place as a tourist attraction but some see it as a painful reminder of the worst typhoon that hit the country in years.
The shrine will be inaugurated on Sunday, the second anniversary of the Super Typhoon.