TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol .Pope Francis may not be able to step on Bohol’s soil during his visit on January 15-19, 2015 but he?s likely to meet and
eat five Boholanos, who are victims of the earthquake that struck Bohol last year. The five Boholanos, who will join with other Yolanda victims invited to the
lunch will also have a rare opportunity in their lifetimes to vae lunch with the Pope at archbishop palace, Palo, Leyte, Fr. Warli Salise, diocese social action center officer, said in interview. Fr. Salise identified the Boholanos as Veneranda Gentallan from St. Vincent Ferrer Shrine-Parish in Maribojoc; Salome Israel from St. Isidore, the Farmer Parish in Tubigon; Saturnino Barace from Our Lady of Light Parish in Antequera; Shiela Bongay from Our Lady of Light Parish in Loon; and Niza Flores from St. Augustine Parish in Sagbayan town.
Gentallan suffered head wound and almost died when her house crumbled at
Barangay San Roque of Maribojoc town. She said in earlier interview that
what happened to her was a ?miracle.?
Israel and Bongay lost their right hands in the aftermath of the tremor.
Flores lost her son.
Barace is the only survivor and four members of their family died their
house disintegrated. He also sustained injuries.
A committee created by Mons. Leonardo Medroso chose the five Boholanos, Fr.
Salise said. The towns of Maribojoc, Tubigon, Antequera, Loon and Sagbayan
are among the hardest hit by the earthquake.
Earlier, the diocese of Palo, Leyte announced that the Pope was slated to
dine with the survivors of the earthquake and supertyphoon ?Yolanda? that
killed more than 6,000.