Ex-beauty queen, 'Voice PH' bet killed by falling rock

Posted at 06/06/14 11:41 PM

Ayana Grico, a beauty queen and a former hopeful on "The Voice of the Philippines," died on Wednesday after a rock the size of a fist fell on her while taking pictures at a tourist spot in South Cotabato.

Grico, 23, and her friend visited a partially restricted area of Lake Sebu to take pictures near one of its Seven Falls, authorities said.

While taking photos at Falls 2, the rock fell on Grico's head.

She was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead.

"Zero incident talaga dito na nahulugan ng bato. Ever since, wala talaga. Ito lang," Seven Falls Project Manager Rayven Dongon told ABS-CBN News.

Rogie Navarro, an uncle of Grico, said he cannot help but blame the supposed lack of warning signs in the area where the incident happened.

"Kulang sila sa precautionary measures... disgrasya man ang nangyari. Masakit man talaga ang lahat. Nawalan kami. Ang sa amin lang, sana matulungan kami ng provincial government," he said.

South Cotabato Governor Daisy Fuentes explained that the place Grico and her friend went to is not part of the trail for tourists.

"Iyong lugar naman, hindi considered danger area, although it's not part of our trail, kasi lumagpas sila doon sa may hand railings," she said.

Fuentes promised government assistance to Grico's family.

The management of Seven Falls has temporarily closed Falls 2.

Grico was also a former disc jockey for an FM station in General Santos City. She finished runner-up in Mutya ng Cotabato in 2010 and placed second in the Miss General Santos pageant in 2011. -- Report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News