[Lalaine Agatep. Mary Louise Ann Amantillo. Emmabelle Anoba. Valquin Bensurto. Ivy Jane Cabunilas. John Kristoffer Chua. Jewel Francisco. Jessie-Lloyd Redoble and Ezra Mae Medalle. Rhea Mae Sumalpong. Erica Avir Reyes Nora. These are our Christchurch 11. ]
Four years ago last Sunday, 11 of our kabayan among a total casualty list of 185 perished in the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake.
For some of them, it was a giant step after the long hard grind of studying for and preparing for a rewarding career of nursing. For many of them, it was the first job overseas. But for all of them, it was a sad example of the double-edged sword of being an OFW : full of promise, but not without the risks of uncertainty and the unknown. Tragically, the 22nd of February 2011 cut short lives of hope, lives of promise. All too soon.
The City of Christchurch remembers each and every one of them, and yesterday held a moving 4th anniversary memorial service. A representative from each and every country that suffered the ultimate loss was given a chance to mention the names of the dearly departed.
If the entire service is too long for you, please start viewing at the 49:18 mark.
Thanks to stuff.co.nz and the Christchurch City Council for the video. Below by the way is an excerpt from the stuff.co.nz report on thememorial service:
On February 22, 2011 a magnitude 6.3 tremor struck at 12.51pm killing 185 people.
Today, Cantabrians here and around the world will mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating quake.
The River of Flowers commemoration will be set up along the Avon and Heathcote rivers, and at the estuary.
The sites will be open from 8am to 8pm, and will be hosted by local community groups between 12.30 and 1.30pm even if the weather is wet.
Throughout the day people are able to throw flowers into a waterway and write messages on a Tree of Hope.
At 12.51 two minutes silence will be held.
Flowers also adorn road cones around the city and around the world an idea started by Christchurch artist Henry Sunderland on the first anniversary of the quake.
The Civic Memorial Service will be held on the Archery Lawn at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens at noon even if the weather is wet.
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Mabuhay po tayong lahat!