10 devotees hurt on Easter Sunday as stage collapses due to heavy rains

CEBU CITY — At least ten people, including three minors, were injured at dawn on Easter Sunday when a stage collapsed during a heavy rain in Minglanilla town in southern Cebu.

Superintednent Dexter Calacar, Minglanilla police station chief, said the victims were taking shelter at the stage from the heavy rains spawned by tropical depression Crising.

Calacar said the victims were waiting for the “Sugat Kabanhawan,” an Easter Sunday traditional drama presentation reenacting the meeting of Mother Mary and the resurrected Jesus Christ, at the Minglanilla Central School grounds when the accident happened at around 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

People flock to Minglanilla town to witness the “Sugat” presentation during Easter Sunday.

The drama, supposed to be a prelude to the Sugat presentation, was cancelled, but the Sugat at the Minglanilla parish church pushed through at 3:30 a.m. as the rain turned to a drizzle.

Calacar said the victims were taken to the Minglanilla District Hospital for treatment.

But he said one victim was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City for treatment of a fractured leg.

The victim with the fractured leg was identified as Marites Geñares, 43, from Barangay Calajoan in Minglanilla.

Calacar said initial investigation showed that the roof of the stage was made of tarpaulin.

He said water accumulated in the tarpaulin roof until the steel frames couldn’t hold it anymore, leading to the collapse of the whole stage. PNA-northboundasia.com