This post is dedicated to the honeymooners who drowned in Maldives, Leomer and Erika Joyce Lagradilla. This photo was theirs, albeit I took it from the ABS-CBN news article. Like many, I have also browsed their FB profiles and saw a glimpse of their lives. They were so lively, truly a happy couple. As the husband said, he was still on a wedding high! Who can blame them? They had an amazing one especially the part where they had a surprise number. I bet it made the guests so “kilig” — I would be!
According to several articles that have been circulating the web, the couple drowned in Dhiffushi Island in Kaafu Atoll. They were pronounced dead-on-arrival at the Dhiffushi Hospital. According to the sources, the husband drowned first while his wife had a chance to cry for help however, it’s unfortunate that both of them were found by the rescuers to be motionless, probably, already lifeless. It was more of a recovery than rescue.
Family and friends are seeking help to repatriate their remains; a process that apparently costs so much. I hope that the government of Maldives would at least try to help expedite the process and facilitate without having the bereaved cover the cost.
(Paypal donations are accepted via email address: email@example.com, other means to donate is posted on Erika Joyce’s wall c/o her Legacy Contact) – please contact them with your intent to donate
Having seen their plans in life, the things they have set for their lives, I felt like for a moment there, I knew them. Seeing their desire to live their lives, then realizing that they’re gone is quite devastating for someone who is a total stranger, imagine how it must have felt for their families.
Today, I was having one of the most frustrating days of my life because I was waiting for some information from an agent but the level of answers that I receive was close to none. It was totally the opposite of how I felt last week like everything fell into its proper place and there she goes, shattering it all down today. I felt so helpless because she has exhausted my energy, she made it so hard for me to keep my cool and act all Christianly. It was so hard. And then this news came up, “Honeymooners drown in Maldives,” that was the “supposed” happiest day of their lives. I got reminded that God is in charge. No matter how much we plan for the future, it will still depend on God’s plans.
I will rest today and put all my cares unto GOD for there’s nothing impossible with HIM.
I hope we’d all get to say a little prayer for the bereaved family, for the expenses and for God’s grace and comfort.
To God be the Glory!
Update: The family and friends stopped the campaign seeking donations as the Philippine Government vowed to cover the repatriation cost.