Memorial held for Pinoy swept to sea after saving friends

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 18, 2014

POMONA, Calif. – It’s been nearly three weeks since a heroic deed cost 18-year-old Paul Alimoren his life.

Alimoren was with some friends on a missionary trip in Ocean Shores, Wash. The group was swimming at the beach when a rip current came crashing in. He was able to bring two of his friends to safety before he was swept to sea.

He was presumed drowned and while his body has not been found his friends and family celebrated his life.

“Paul’s life is in the ministry and that was a testament,” said Philip Alimoren, Paul’s brother. “He was on a mission trip a couple weeks ago. He was so excited. He texted me, our sister texted me, it was one of the last texts. We were talking but he was so excited, he asked me to pray for a little girl named Carla.”

Despite the tragedy, Paul’s scholastic talents and fondness for sports, music, and his Christian faith were proudly put on display during his memorial at the first Pomona Baptist church in front of hundreds of friends, family, and church members who chose to celebrate his life rather than dwell on the tragedy.

“Paul was also a lover of music and he loved to arrange songs, and all the songs you hear today are all his favorites,” said Philip. “Not all his favorites, but the ones I’ve seen him cry over, and the ones he’d say touched his life the most.”

Those who knew Paul took turns on the podium sharing their experiences with the Fullerton student.

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