A year have passed since the Feb 22, 2011 earthquake in Christchurch and the loss of life and destruction are still very raw for many of those affected. I remember the day I step foot the garden city two days after the powerful earthquake.
Last year, I never imagine in my life that I’m going to visit the city for the first time in this kind of event. My news editor from GMA Network, the Philippine’s Largest Television Network, Ms Malou Talosig called me up to cover the disaster.
I went to Christchurch on Feb 24 ,two days after the earthquake on a Air New Zealand flight and stay there for 4 days to gather news about 11 filipino nurse trapped in CTV building.
Above is the actual report, I made for GMA network It was a challenging job for me as Journalist, reporting this disaster and the atmosphere in the area But I need to focus on my job delivering accurate information about what happening in the City.
When I arrived in the Central Command, a on going press conference with CC mayor Bob Parker with international Journalist mostly Japanese giving an update about the situation.
Above is the first footage I made after the Christchurch Disaster management organized a press bus tour around the affected area in the Central Business District.
Tomorrow (Feb 22) a Christchurch memorial services have been organised across the country .
A service focused towards the families of those lost and first responders will be held at Latimer Square, 8am-8.45am and a public memorial service will held in North Hagley Park ,12noon to 1.30pm for the while community.
Aotea Square, 12.51pm, two minutes’ silence will be held, with the Auckland Town Hall clock bell rung at the start and finish.
Holy Trinity Cathedral, 12.30pm-1pm, service of remembrance for people of Christchurch and Canterbury.
Wellington Cathedral, 12.30pm, Anglican and Catholic vigils.