M/V Eva Jocelyn Park
Anibong, Tacloban, Leyte
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Do you still remember how typhoon Yolanda smashed the whole Tacloban?
When we were having our city tour in Leyte. I couldn't imagine a ship could ran aground by waves when we are on our way on the place there are still houses that are still covered with mud and you can still see the remnants of the typhoon on other establishments.
This is the M/V Eva Jocelyn. On November 8,2013 it has been anchored in the city harbour, ran aground and killed residents of Barangay Anibong. It was pushed by a 7-meter high storm surge caused by winds in excess of 370km/h Brought by super typhoon Yolanda.
The shipwreck stands as a remembrance of the thousands of lives that perished through out the City of Tacloban that day. It marks as the genesis of their advocacy for resilience and adaptation to a new normal that will continue for generations to come.
The was unveiled on the eve of the 2nd year anniversary commemoration: November 7,2015.
As per our guide, Sir Jeboi he told us that only MV Jocelyn remained. But originally, there were also 4 ships aside from MV Jocelyn. But only MV Jocelyn remained. The place where it stood was the place where the illegal settlers resides, that's why it really killed many lives. Up until now, there are still illegal settlers around the ship wreck.
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A visit to this memorial is a must to remember those who perished during Typhoon Yolanda and also to recognize how this city has rose from the disaster. It might give you goosebumps remembering how this ship has plowed through the houses and killed many people in the area. I said a quick prayer before I left. While it can also remind them of the nightmare, they chose to look at it as a symbol of their resilience.
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Don't miss to visit this attraction when you're in Tacloban.It takes 10 minutes of tricycle ride from the downtown area. I felt the agony of those who were perished by typhoon Yolanda by looking at the ship. As per caretaker, it is open to public with no registration fees needed. They cut half of it and constructed it. You can use the cemented stairs on both sides if you want to see the whole of it and for photo ops. It's very significant to them as this alway reminds them of what they have suffered when Yolanda devastated the province.
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