Ormoc, Leyte. I arrive and I find peace.
Yet peace belies a story that refuses to settle.
I listen as I walk in the dead of night.
Sounds that unravel a mystery but ignorance plagues my mind.
I hear silence that echoes thousands of cries.
Cries that were never heard, of souls that remain unfound.
Spirits reside in your quaint city with shadows that wander about.
How many have remained? How many have moved on?
I can offer none but prayers,
For those who’ve passed away and those whose lives are still torn.
But amidst the chaos and the loss,
Life goes on.
People have chosen to rise and continue.
To gather broken shards and glue the pieces back together.
A breath of new life begins like a walk in the park.
But forever will it be etched in memory, this tragedy that once was and will always be.
Ormoc, until we meet again.
Thank you for the peace, may peace you will also find.
November of this year, let us commemorate 20 years since a catastrophic flashflood wreaked havoc to the lives in Ormoc. In 1991, around 5000 people (more or less) perished in this calamity due to continuous rains that were brought about by Typhoon Thelma (Uring). This tragedy caused a landslide on a river system that led to the city, washing anything that crossed its path into the sea.
2008, I first stepped foot in Ormoc, Leyte while we were on our way to Dalutan Island in the province of Biliran.
For 2 nights, we spent the hours strolling around, observing the holy week festivity which added more eeriness to the town. Looking for a place to kill time during Lenten season, I simply joined a group of people who already planned their itinerary in this part of the country. There wasn’t much to do as it was, after all, the last days before Easter. But doing nothing was already a holiday itself. Despite the history, I wish to go back. Ormoc is a silent city and the people are friendly.
Photos posted were taken using a point and shoot camera. Most are accidental shots when I was still tinkering with the settings. At least I’ve been able to put them to use.
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