Only one returned from Ormoc trip


Pilar, Camotes Island, Cebu: In one day, the Morenos lost five family members. They were among the passengers of the ill-fated M/B Kim Nirvana-B that sunk off the coast of Ormoc City around noontime on Thursday.

Only one of the six family members, who went to Ormoc City to accompany the youngest child and the family matriarch for a medical check up, returned home alive.

April Moreno, the lone survivor, said the body of her 8-month-old son John Michael was retrieved by crewmembers. They tried to revive him but failed.

She also lost her mother-in-law Sonia Moreno, 64, sister-in-law Roselle Moreno-Barcenas, 35, who was two months pregnant, nephew Simon Barcenas and niece Bryza Barcenas.

The husband of Roselle is Bryan, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council head.

April’s husband, Delfin Moreno Jr., is a seaman and is expected to arrive on July 9, Thursday.

On Saturday, 45 coffins were transported to Pilar town from Ormoc City onboard BRP Batangas.

Pilar Mayor Jesus Fernandez Jr. said 39 of the 60 casualties of the sunken ship are residents of Pilar. The remains were brought to the municipal gym where Father Ricky Bermudez led blessing rites and prayers before the coffins were turned over to their respective families.

The mayor said the council has approved a resolution to give financial assistance of P10,000 to each of the victims.


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  1. Arch. Lito L.Mallonga on

    No ending problem and when will it ever stop.
    The biggest one we had of closed to 4,000 people
    has exceed the Titanic yet we never learn at all.

    Blaming one another can never solved the problem.
    Hope that the government, the people who uses the sea
    most of the time be more understanding specially during this
    time of the year not to travel as its very unpredictable.

    Wala kasi tayong desiplina hahit na hindi na dapat umalis
    ang barko pilit pa rin gustong umalis. We should monitor the sea
    all the time cause the waves changes from time to time.

    Better form of Ferries be build and reduce the use of old ferreies
    that we mostly bring in from other countries. I hope the government
    reads my views specially Mr. Sonny Coloma. He knows what I have
    given him my proposal including the Universal Medical Plan so those
    families do not have to travel just like what we are now reading here
    in this news.