By Marjorie Carmona Newman, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
CANADA – The Filipino community in Edmonton held a memorial service for four Filipino temporary workers who died in a car crash in Leduc, Alberta.
“They closed this chapter in their lives. We want to give everybody an opportunity to say goodbye. They have friends and employers. Most of the people who attend, they don’t know them but they are here because they are part of the community,” said Honorary Consul Esmeralda Agbulos.
Filipinos from all over Edmonton attended the memorial service for the four Filipinos, who were identified as Archie Bermillo, Romil Mose, Rosalinda Tipdas and Eva Janet Caperina.
Employers, some relatives and friends paid their last respects to the victims.
Bermillo’s wife broke down while saying goodbye to her husband.
“The community is now mourning para sa ating apat na kababayan. We are calling all the Filipino community to donate whatever amount they can give just as abuloy to the victims’ families,” said Mandy Servito, president of the Council of Edmonton Filipino Associations.
The employer of the two victims was all praises for Pinoy workers Bermillo and Mose. They have been working for him for two years since he opened his business.
“Good workers, very hard workers, very loyal , reliable. We never had a problem with them, honest people,” said Mike Torbeih, owner of Fatburger in Millwoods, Edmonton.
The remains of the four victims are expected to be repatriated to the Philippines once all documentations are in place.
The employers of the victims provided support in sending their remains home.