They raised farm animals for their families’ needs

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Saturday, April 12, 2014


THE accident last Thursday in Barangay Guadalupe, Carcar City claimed the lives of a last-termer village councilor, a coal miner and a couple who raised livestock to provide for the daily needs of nine children.

Wenceslao Famulagan, 57; Cristita, 58, and Jovencio Davin, 58; and Nixon Albite, 42, were among the more than 30 people who rode the Fuso truck driven by Mario Famulagan last Thursday.

Many of them were in high spirits as they were able to sell some farm animals at the livestock market in Barangay Mantalongon, Barili.

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Wenceslao, who is serving his last term as councilor of the mountain barangay of Canbantug in Argao, raised farm animals with his wife Teodora, 55.

Teodora said her husband was planning to focus on livestock rising at the end of his term. Before the accident, she said, they raised P60,000 worth of farm animals.

Since the couple do not have children, they adopted the daughter of Teodora’s sister.

Anna Marie Barlaan, 17, sobbed while telling Sun.Star Cebu how Wenceslao and Teodora took care of her. Barlaan works as a househelp in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City for the summer break to help defray the cost of her college education at the Cebu Technological University in Argao.

Livestock raising also helped the daily sustenance of the Davin couple’s children.

Cristita is the sister of Teodora. The Davins were in the passenger seat of the truck when it rammed into a concrete fence in Carcar City.

It took rescuers an hour to pull out Cristita who was pinned down by the wreckage. Her husband Jovencio died in the ambulance on the way to a hospital.

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Mary Ann Sumapad, 28, said she and her siblings will have to learn to fend for themselves.

Sixteen-year-old Merianie Albite said she did not know that she would not see her father Nixon alive again after last Wednesday.

Nixon worked at a coal mine in Barangay Linut-od, Argao. He raised farm animals for additional income.

Merianie said they singing karaoke the night before the accident.

“Lingaw kaayo mi ato (We were so happy),” she said.

She said the future of her family has become more uncertain with the death of her father, their breadwinner. “Lisod gyud pero makaya ra siguro ni basta magtinabangay lang (It’s definitely difficult but maybe we’ll survive if we help each other),” she said.

The remains of those who died in the accident are held the Tupas Memorial Chapel in Barangay Poblacion in Argao. They will be buried on Sunday in the town’s public cemetery.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 12, 2014.

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