Fans and supporters commented on beauty queen-actress Bianca Manalo's last Instagram post after she was reported to be among the survivors of a speedboat capsizing in Antique.
Manalo and fellow actress Ehra Madrigal were among those rescued after their boat capsized while they were on their way to an island in the town of Culasi Thursday morning. The news says that one man died while several others, including a town mayor and 2 actresses, were rescued after a speedboat capsized while they were on their way to an island in the town of Culasi. The lone fatality was identified as Bennie Dable, 50 years old, who is the bodyguard and a relative of Pandan town Mayor Jonathan Tan. The mayor’s bodyguard Dable, who was reportedly driving the speedboat, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
According to Jesus Aguirre Dioso the public relations officer of Pandan, the actresses Bianca Manalo and Ehra Madrigal, who were friends with the mayor of Pandan, were among those who were rescued from the capsized boat, Dioso said the other survivors included Tan, was Majel Tresche, 65 years old; Ehra Madrigal's husband Tom Yeung, 47 years old; Torebeo Barrentos, 41 years old; an unidentified female; and 2 minors. Dioso, who was supposed to join the group but decided to take a land trip instead to Culasi, said in his native tongue "Yes, Bianca Manalo, and Ehra Madrigal and her husband are friends with the mayor.
" He added "The boat capsized at 10:50 a.m., they arrived in the shoreline at 1:45 p.m. Mayor Tan and Torebeo Barrentos swam for more than 2 hours going to the shoreline. Fishermen saw them and helped them. Mayor Tan went on board a pump boat and went back to where the boat capsized and checked on the situation of his friends.”
Dioso said the mayor was supposed to tour his friends in Mararison Island, one of the popular island destinations in the Province of Antique. Sr. Inspector Glen Jaromay, officer in charge of the Sebaste police, said the speedboat, which was on its way to the Island, was hit by strong waves. He said the incident was reported to the police past 1 p.m. and they immediately launched a rescue operation."The waves were quite big and the wind was gusty. The speedboat was hit by waves and it capsized," he said using the vernacular language in the area.
Tan’s group went back to Pandan, said Dioso, but they were all in grief because of the fatality.
The fans of the beauty queen turn actress sent Bianca Manalo, who represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe competition in 2009 and now appears on FPJ's "Ang Probinsyano", their concern and well wishes on her latest post on the social networking site. Here are some of the messages from her fans. From Iamisay15 she says “hi lodi @biancamanalo I really hope that you’re okay with your co-artist.
I’ve heardwhat happened earlier ☹” and another from 11shelove which says “Thanks God ursafe”. There are also thankful message for her safety just like the message from Elleiram114 that says “Glad you’re safe Bianca and from Paaadmcl_vlog said “Thanks god at safe po kayo.” And themeloccidental said “Thank god for another miracle. God is good all the time.”
And also concern fans send also messages just like Itzmeghen who says “@biancamanalo ate I hope ur ok…. Keep safe pls” and from r.i.c.a.b.a.b.e.s said “Hope you’re okay miss Bianca heard the news”
Some also commented on Bianca's picture with her friends, including Madrigal, Madrigal's husband, Tom Yeung, and Pandan town Mayor Jonathan Tan, who also survived the incident, which killed one person.
Bianca Manalo is still in shock after the boat she was on with her boyfriend and friends capsized off the coast of Antique this Thursday. The actress' manager, beauty queen mentor Jonas Gaffud, gave on Saturday an update on her condition, revealing that she has decided to hole herself up in the province. "She is still there," shared Gaffud. "But she was able to go to church already today. She was still crying when we were talking." He did not reveal any more details.
Manalo, along with fellow actress Ehra Madrigal and several others, had to be rescued more than 4 kilometers offshore when the boat they rode on were hit by strong waves. Her boyfriend, Antique Mayor Jonathan Tan, said that he had to swim for hours in the open sea just to ask for help. "Nagpe-pray ako, sabi ko, 'Lord, ayaw ko maging selfish; please save me so I can save them'," he told.
On the other hand, Mayor Jonathan Tan, boyfriend of actress Bianca Manalo, tells how they were able to survive the unfaithful incident. In the morning of Maundy Thursday, March 29 they were all heading to Mararison Island. He said, "We are on our way to Mararison with my friends, 'tapos biglang on our way there from Pandan to Mararison, okey naman yung ano ng dagat. But after thirty minutes, on our way there, tatlong malakas na alon, pumasok yung tubig. Pero split seconds, I think mga 15 seconds, tumaob kami."
Mayor Tan brought Bianca and their friends to promote tourism in Mararison "I am with my friends, ang tao ko and yung cousin ko na namatay, first cousin ko siya, si Bennie Dable. Bianca and Ehra, they were with me and the husband of Ehra, si Tom Yeung. First time because, siyempre, we are promoting tourism. At the same time, gusto nila magbakasyon at makita kung gaano kaganda yung Mararison, so dinala ko sila doon." he said
In details Mayor Tan tells how the boat capsized. He said "The speedboat came from here, Pandan. Fifteen seconds, tumaob yung speedboat. Tapos, the problem there, yung life vests, nakatali. May life vest, pero hindi namin nasuot. Ang bilis, e. Taob, as in taob! Pagtaob niya, lahat nakahawak. Ako, wala na akong ibang inisip, kasi sa utak ko noon, lulubog yung boat. So what I did, may nakita akong container jar, kinuha ko, 'tapos yung isang life vest doon na nakatali, kinuha ko, and then I swam from there to the shore. May nakita ako na shore, pero malayo, siguro four kilometers... three kilometers. Medyo malayo talaga."
He added that he swim to ask for help and it took him two and a half hours, to get there. In his instinct if he will not do it all of them will die because all of his companion are far from the shore and they are just holding to the flipped speedboat. He asked God for protection and courage and to save him so that he will be able to save his companions also. He said "I was praying to God, I’m asking for help God, protection and everything. Ako, ang prayer ko, sabi ko, 'God... I don’t wanna be selfish. I-save mo ako para ma-save ko sila.'
When they are about to reach off shore they were shouting for help and luckily a boat pass by and help them. During the rescue Mayor Tan was very worried even though he was exhausted for swimming almost three hours, he joined the rescue team to locate his companions. He admitted that he was crying while going back to locate area where the boat capsized. He said "Sumama ako to locate them, hindi alam ng fishermen kung nasaan sila. Sabi ko nga, noong papunta ako ng shore, lumalangoy ako ng two and a half hours, hindi ako umiiyak, e Umiyak ako noong pabalik, kasi yung fear ko, 'Nandiyan pa ba sila?' Two and a half hours, maalon, hindi ko alam kung nandoon pa sila. When they finally found them he was very happy but sad when he found out that his cousin didn’t make it. He shared "When I went back, happily, luckily, salamat sa Diyos, nakita namin sila. Sad to say, yung cousin ko, hindi ko ini-expect na siya pa yung namatay. Kasi, may 8 and 12 years old kami na mga batang babae, hindi rin marunong lumangoy, pero nag-survive.”
And then he found that his cousin did not died in drowning but because of heart attack and the husband of Ehra try to save him. He said “I found out—of course, after mag-usap-usap kami—he died because of heart attack or stroke. Bumula yung bibig, e. Hindi sa drowning kasi nakakapit siya, e, and then nahawakan pa ng kaibigan ko na asawa ni Ehra, si Tom. Talagang sine-save siya. So what Tom did nung patay na talaga, nag-sorry na lang siya. Inilagay siya sa ibaba ng boat para hindi siya maanod. Kasi yung boat noong umalis ako, nakataob 90 degrees. Nung bumalik ako, almost 150 degrees, tip na lang ang natira, at lahat sila, nakakapit doon. Lahat sa gilid na lang, nakakapit na lang to survive." He was very thankful to his second life. Their friends thought that the two of them who seek for help was already dead because it took them awhile to get back.