Filipino quake victim’s body to arrive home Thursday

Taipei, Family in the Philippines will finally be welcoming home the body of Melody Albano Castro, the 28-year-old Filipino caregiver killed in the recent Hualien earthquake in Taiwan, Thursday, her cousin said Tuesday.

Mishelle Pacquing Macanaya Rosales told CNA Tuesday that her cousin's body is scheduled to arrive in Tuguegarao City, the capital of the province of Cagayan in the northeastern part of Luzon Island, Thursday on a flight that will depart from Taiwan Wednesday morning and make an overnight stopover in Manila.

From Tuguegarao City, it will take another two to three hours for Castro's body to reach home that afternoon, she added.

Rosales, a school teacher, said she will try to take time off from work to wait for Castro with family in Tuguegarao City on Thursday.

Castro began work as a caregiver in Taiwan in 2015 to save money for an operation her husband needed and had been the family's main breadwinner. Her body was found two days after the the Feb. 6 Hualien earthquake that resulted in 17 fatalities.

The Hualien County government held funeral services for the victims on Tuesday. Castro's family were unable to attend, but her friends gathered the night before to pay their last respects.

Castro's family has authorized Manila Economic and Cultural Office, the representative office of the Philippines in Taiwan, to handle the transportation of Castro's body, in cooperation with the country's Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and all other related matters in the aftermath of her death.

Source: Focus Taiwan