Family awaits ashes of kin in limo fire tragedy

Posted at 05/23/2013 10:12 AM

MANILA – Relatives of one of the five women killed in the limousine fire in California early this month are still grieving.

Lolita Aranca is still tearful over the tragic death of her daughter, Michelle Estrera, more than two weeks ago.

"Galing sila sa bridal shower nun," said Aranca.

Estrera was among the nine passengers of a limousine that caught fire along the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in California early this month.

Aside from Estrera, newly-wed Neriza Fojas, Anna Alcantara, Felomina Geronga and Jennifer Balon, died after they were trapped inside the burning limousine.

"Best friend niya si Neriza. Nagpunta na rin yun dito noon. Na meet ko siya," Estrera's mother said.

Four other passengers survived the tragedy.

Estrera finished her nursing course at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City. She first worked in Saudi Arabia and then returned home to marry her husband.

It was in 2006 when she flew to California with her husband and child.

"Hindi ko talaga matanggap pero I have to move on for my two other kids. Mabait na bata yan wala akong alam na ginawa niyang masama," her mother said.

Estrera's youngest sibling Eric is in third year high school and wants to be a doctor someday.

"Gusto ko pong maging doctor. Si ate, lagi niyang tinatanong pag tumatawag kung kumusta yung grades ko. Mabait siya," he said.

Her other brother, Voltaire, also finished his nursing course.

Estrera's ashes will arrive in Baguio City in June where it will stay for a week. After Baguio, her husband will bring her ashes to his family in General Santos City. Report from Ada Sibayan, ABS-CBN News