For Mayor Paz C. Radaza, Lapu-Lapu City was spared from the wrath of killer typhoon Yolanda because of the intercession of the city’s patron saint, Virgen Sa Regla (Lady of Rule).
The city celebrtes the fiesta of Virgen de Regla every November 21.
“Gimilagrohan jud ta. Di siya mosugot nga di madayon ang fiesta”, said Mayor Radaza.
Many typhoon observers said that the recent super typhoon was stronger than Ruping when it wrecked havoc last November 13, 1990.
Ruping left Cebu with 700 dead bodies, many houses overturned.
Yolanda has not spared Lapu-Lapu when it passed Cebu yesterday, November 8, with its center located at the northern tip of Cebu.
Lapu-Lapu was just over 100 kilometers from the 250 kilometer per hour winds of Yolanda, yet it had zero casualty reported so far.
Last Thursday evening, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza ordered a preemptive evacuation, appointing schools as evacuation sites, for families near the coastal areas.
According to the mayor, they managed to evacuate 4,765 families from the city and 2,297 families from Olango Island to 64 evacuation sites.
There was no major damage other than the roof of the city’s Public Market sustaining partial damage, police station in Olango, and the Smart tower in Subabasbas which toppled down.
Local government units will resume work on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.