• Filmmaker drowns, 15 others rescued off Dapitan island

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY – A filmmaker drowned after their motorized boat capsized off Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.

    Police identified the fatality as Dr. Bob Aquino, a native of Pampanga and owner of Hypernova Productions, based in Zamboanga City. His last film, The Spy, is with the Mindanao Examiner Productions for post-production editing.

    The report said 15 others, including photographers from Trevorz, a small production company, were rescued by another boat.

    The group came from Aliguay Island where they had a photo shoot and was returning to Dapitan when the boat, owned by local tourism officer Apple Marie Agulong, capsized, according to Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.

    In the boat with Aquino were Agulong and Estephanie Apolinario, a regional tourism officer. The boat’s skipper was Anaclito Galleposo.

    Huesca said the boat was battered by huge waves and strong winds while returning to the mainland, about a kilometer from Aliguay.

    Another boat rescued 15 people, including the pilot and recovered Aquino’s body.

    A photographer, Jessie Yu, was taken to the Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Hospital in Dipolog City.

    AL JACINTO

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