Cardboard Little Typhoon

November 25, 2013 by  

Cardboard Little Typhoon, Tito Epitito rested on the handle of his shovel and wiped his brow as his son placed a candle on the simple grave where they had just buried the coconut farmer’s brother.

They stood for a moment in silence.

A wooden cross made from typhoon debris marked the grave, in the shadow of a battered statue of Christ in the grounds of the shell of what had been St. Jaoquin Parish Church in the coastal town of Palo.

“From the typhoon end, so many bodies buried here,” Epitito said.

“Fifty bodies buried there,” he added, pointing beyond the statue. “And another two to three hundred in mass graves over there.”

Four members of Epitito’s family are still missing. But at least he’d been able to pay respects to his brother, however simple the ceremony.

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