Provincial officials launched the groundbreaking of the earthquake marker at the top of Mt. Banat-i, barangay Bool of this city yesterday during the simple ceremony one year anniversary of magnitude 7.2 tremor that struck the province of Bohol on October 15 oflast year. Malacañang has declared October 15, 2014 as a special non-working holiday for the Boholanos to commemorate and honor the memory and those who extended help for Bohol from the ruins of the tremor. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) head Francis Tolentino was the guest speaker who delivered his piece citing the Boholano?s effort to rise again and resiliency even as the rain started to drench officials for a few minutes and the sun shone back.
Bishop Leonardo Medroso of the Tagbilaran diocese, led the blessing of the site where the marker was set up and Gov. Edgar Chatto led officials in lowering the time capsule and burying it. He was assisted by Mons. Medroso, Tolentino and Rep. Arthur Yap of 3rd district. Vice-Mayor Concepcion Lim and City Mayor John Geesnell Lim Yap had their turns to shovel the ground to cover the time capsule as well. In his homily during the thanksgiving mass as part of anniversary at jampacked Cathedral of St. Joseph, Medroso had this to say: ?Ours is to see the hand of God behind all the calamities that we have experienced. He
said that the earthquake that Bohol experienced last year enables them to pick up the pieces to live a normal life again? and to be able to see behind all the calamities and all the tragedies, there’s that love of God. And that?s we?re going to celebrate today.
He said that Boholanos have to open their eyes because God nagaagak kanato, adding that if we know how to appreciate the memory the memory
not just the death, the destruction in order we have a memory in the disaster in the hands of God. For his part, Gov. Edgar Chatto expressed gratitude to countless donors from local and international humanitarian organizations and national agencies and private sectors for the help extended to the victims. He hopes that the earthquake will not happen again, saying that the old churches were destroyed by the tremor but the faith of the Boholanos is strengthened.
He said that ?as a people, we are reminded to be always prepared. He added that on that fateful day, Boholanos may be fortunate enough when P-Noy declared October 15, 2013 as a non-working holiday for the Muslims? day of offering. He said that more than 200 perished, 800 plus were injured and some missing
up to this day in the aftermath of the earthquake. During the earthquake commemoration day an array of activities have been lined up, such asRinging of church bells and horns of cars and firetrucks simultaneously entire province,, Inauguration of art, photo/video gallery in Alburquerque town and turnover of core shelters in Cortes, one of the badly hit towns and International Fusion Night.