Before the untimely death of seven students who joined a tragic field trip facilitated by the Bulacan State University, photos of the incident were taken by some of those who were part of the school activity.
The photos show the victims trying to cross a swollen river in Sibul Village, San Miguel, Bulacan, around 3:00 pm Tuesday.
As seen in the photos posted here, the water current that afternoon was very strong due to an apparent flashflood from Mt. Manalmon.
According to reports, nine of the students were crossing the Madlum river when raging waters from Mt. Manalmon four to five feet high suddenly swept them away.
The raging water drowned seven students identified as Mikhail Alcantara, Phil Rodney Alejo, Michelle Ann Rose Bonzo, Helena Marcelo, Jenette Rivera , Madel Navarro and Maiko Bartolome, all first year BSU students at the state university. Bartolome, a former member of EB Babe was earlier declared missing but her body was finally found on Thursday morning beneath logs on the riverbank. Luckily two of the students, identified as Daniel Cunanan and Thea Hernandez, survived the flash flood.The victims were reportedly among those who went to the Madlum Cave in Barangay Sibul around 2 pm. of August 19.
Josefina Timoteo, director of the Office of Civil Defense- Central Luzon, disclosed that the victims were part of 170 students of the Bulacan State University who were on a field trip in Sibul Village, San Miguel town in Bulacan province on board four buses on that fateful Monday.
Due to the tragedy, the local government has temporarily closed the area to avoid a repeat of a similar incident.