TACLOBAN CITY – As the world mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, a 26-year-old tattoo artist from Cebu City expressed condolences through his artwork.

It took six hours for Ramil Roy Feliciano, 26, to finish the queen’s portrait for a female client from Baybay City. The Cebu-based owner of Roy Tattoo Collective Fireart traveled all the way to Leyte to execute the design.

“I’ve thought of the design to commemorate the Queen. I idolized her because of what she has done during her 70-year term. She has surpassed two pandemics,” he shared.

Meanwhile, the San Juanico Bridge that connects Samar and Leyte island was lit in purple on Sunday, September 11, again in honor of the Queen.

For Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan, the Queen who passed away at Balmoral at the age of 96 has inspired many Samarnon women to become leaders. “Her life was a testament of unwavering commitment and her 70-year reign as Queen was marked with gentleness and a mother’s loving touch,” she said.

She added that her sense of duty is something that people should emulate, saying, “From across the continents, we offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones she left behind and the people she so honorably served.” People from Eastern Visayas also remember the Queen and the people of Great Britain for sending immediate help during the aftermath of Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) in 2013. By Marie Tonette Marticio (EV Mail September 12-18, 2022 issue)