The Filipino Channel-Balitang America
May 25, 2011
Text and video by Ted Regencia
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Two Filipinas have been confirmed dead following the weekend tornado that has killed at least 123 people and left hundreds injured in Joplin, Missouri.
Grace Aquino was found inside a collapsed church last Sunday, May 22. Aquino’s two daughters said their mother died while protecting their 12-year-old brother, who survived with minor injuries.
On Tuesday, May 24, the body of another Filipina, Esterlita Moore, was recovered from the second floor of a building next to her house. The 64-year-old hairdresser was apparently thrown by the raging wind. A breast cancer survivor, she died clutching bottles of medicine.
Both victims were from Pampanga, Philippines.