LITRATO: IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA

REMEMBERING: THE DEADLY ALL SOULS’ DAY BLAZE | LITRATO: IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA by Julius D. Mariveles

It was early in the morning of November 2, exactly two years ago today when a deadly blaze struck Barangay 19 in Bacolod City.  It was the deadliest fire to have hit the city in years.

Cries of burning victims were heard in the village early in the morning as the fire spread through a wooden boarding house and gutted other nearby houses.

When the smoke cleared, 17 people were killed, most of them children.

Killed were the Chavez brothers – Novie, 12 and BeeG, 6 and their mother Annavic; Josephine Niño, 42, and her children Jovelyn, 14, and  Ruel, 13, and grandchild Rosemarie, 11 months old;

boat janitor Junifer Demandar, 45, and his manicurist wife, Jenalyn, and their son, Joshua, 10; Nica Amelda, 25; Eduarda Abajero, 70, and her son Napoleon Abajero, 40;

fish vendor Joselito Cabajosa, 28, and his  children Carl Joshua, 3, Analyn, 7, and  Adah Pauline, 6.

Help poured in for the victims.  Delicadeza and propriety, however, were also killed in the blaze as politicians scrambled for publicity, setting up donation centers.

Then Cong. Monico Puentevella set up a big tent outside the village with his name printed on it while Mayor Evelio Leonardia did the same.

Then congressional aspirant Ricardo “Cano” Tan also hung streamers with his picture on it at the entrance to the barangay.

These are some of the pictures that I took after the blaze.

A MAN IS OBSCURED IN SMOKE from the smoldering remains of the boarding house where 17 people were killed in Barangay 19 | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THIS USED TO BE OUR BED | Father and child scour through what remains of what was once their home in Barangay 19 | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

DISINFECTANT is sprayed at ground zero of the fire | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

BATA NGA LALAKI SA NASUNOG NGA BALAY | A BOY looks for things that could be sold for scrap among the ruins left by the fire in Barangay 19 | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THE DAY AFTER THE FIRE | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY | An elderly man gets his first meal of the day at a relief center set up in Barangay 19 where a fire killed 17 people two years ago | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THIS IS WHERE MY HOUSE USED TO BE | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

COOLING OFF | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

RISING FROM THE ASHES | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THE FAMILY REBUILDS TOGETHER | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

REBUILDING | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

BALAY, NATUPOK | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

AN ABANDONED GASOLINE STATION becomes the temporary playground of children of Barangay 19 | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THE CHARRED REMAINS OF A CHILD'S NOTEBOOK | It was not known if the owner of this notebook died in the fire | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

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English instructor and broadcast journalist

Discussion

6 thoughts on “REMEMBERING: THE DEADLY ALL SOULS’ DAY BLAZE | LITRATO: IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA by Julius D. Mariveles

  1. the view of the tents there annoyed me. taking advantage of a crisis to sell their names. 😐

    Posted by Cee | November 2, 2011, 8:51 am
  2. nami sang mga photos pre. one could really tell a story by just looking at them. kamusta na gali ang area?
    restored na ni?

    Posted by edzkie | November 2, 2011, 8:57 am
  3. These are the most hauntingly beautiful pictures I’ve seen. RIP to the little kids who died without enjoying a full life. Have to say this. I’m so loving this blog. It has everything in it!

    Posted by Movie Lover | November 4, 2011, 5:11 am

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