White lanterns became the symbol of recovery as Cagayan de Oro marked the second year since tropical storm "Sendong" hit the area.
Residents participated in a memorial parade and hung their lanterns on a white Christmas tree.
Typhoon survivors also visited Sitio Cala-cala in Barangay Macasandig to hold a vigil and pray for those who perished in the storm.
Sendong left more than 1,200 people dead as it swept through Cagayan and Iligan in December 2011.
ANC Dateline Philippines, December 17, 2013