Young moms, fathers, beloved bosses among those who died in the Resorts World Manila attack | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

At least 37 people died when a lone gunman stormed into Resorts World Manila’s casino area, firing shots, setting fires and stealing chips. Most of the victims were casino employees and guests who suffocated after inhaling smoke.

Here’s what we know about them.

Hazel Yongco 

“You are the most thoughtful person na nakilala ko,” a friend wrote about Hazel Yongco on Facebook. A Centro Escolar University graduate and a Resorts World employee, Hazel was one of the first victims identified hours after her father Gil started looking for her.

“RIP Haze Yongco mamimiss ka nmen… We love you kaibigan mommy longlegs,” wrote friend Allan Christopher Salludo.


Jessica Alindogan

Described by a friend on Facebook as “the sweetest lady,” Jessica Alindogan was a supervisor at Resorts World and Siena College Q.C. graduate.

She leaves behind her husband Michael and young daughter Micah whom she referred to online as her “everything.”

“Thank you for all the patience and understanding.. We love you so much,” wrote Michael in a Mother’s Day message for Jessica just two weeks ago.

Jellah Ramos Tabuena

A young wife and mother, Jellah Ramos Tabuena was a supervisor at Resorts World Manila.

“Sana panaginip na lang lahat ‘to,” her best friend Olive posted online.

Arvi Gavino

A card dealer at Resorts World Manila, Arvi Gavino is a beloved wife, mom to two boys, sister, daughter and friend.

“Heaven gained another beautiful soul today,” her friend Gem posted on Facebook.

“You are beautiful inside and out,” Tina, another friend, wrote.

BJ Pagsibigan 

“Today we lost a very kind-hearted brother, friend, son, husband and a father,” wrote Ayie Viola. “We will forever cherish the memories and the love you have shared with us.”

BJ Pagsibigan, who works at Resorts World Manila, is a father of two. His son Gavin turns four tomorrow—the day after BJ died.

Rojie Uy

Described by friend Maryan as a “beautiful, loving mom to kids 5 and 8 years old,” Rojie worked at Resorts World Manila as a VIP host.

Merylle Guen Ala

On June 1, Merylle Guen Ala posted a photo of a bouquet and a shopping bag from Uniqlo with the caption “Thank you.” That was her last Facebook post. Eight hours later, the gunman stormed into Resorts World Manila where she worked as a casino dealer, starting off a chain of events that led to her death.

“My pamangkin is no longer with us… Mabait na pamangkin. Mapagmahal sa magulang. Dami mo pa pangarap. Dahil dami mo sinabi sa akin nuon..,” her aunt Lhar Nazareno posted on Facebook.

“Nakakamiss kang kakwentuhan, wala ako narinig na negative sayo. Laging masaya,” former coworker RC Banzon wrote.

Loudette Santos

“I love you ate ko,” Anne Lorraine wrote about Loudette Santos, saying they still had a lot of stories to share and that they still had plans of going out.

Loudette, who worked at Resorts World, died during the June 2 attack. Her niece Nicole paid tribute to her online. “Rest in peace tita… wala komg masabi sa kabaitan mo isa ka sa mga tumulong samin noon…Ang dami kong thank you sayo.”

Leah Grace Mozo


“A super mom” is how friends describe Leah Grace Mozo, also a Resorts World Manila employee.

“Mamiss kita ate… salamat sa lahat ng tinuro mo sa’kin,” wrote one colleague.

Kay Noguera

On May 24, Kay Noguera updated her Facebook cover photo with a photo of herself and captioned it, “The END.”

A friend posted in the comments section, “May pahiwatig pala nag post mo.” Kay, who was a casino dealer at Resorts World Manila, also died in the June 2 attack.

“You will be remembered,” wrote her friend Badeth.

“Mahal ka namin,” another friend, Zhel, posted.

Jaime Gaboy Jr.

Jaime Gaboy Jr., or “Jim” to friends and family, is the CEO of the Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative.

A Facebook user thanked him for the help he had given Calongbuyan Elementary School in Candon City, Ilocos Sur.

Ariel Abrogar

Ariel Abrogar, who was a guest at Resorts World Manila, worked at Fuji-Haya Electric. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in engineering.

A colleague Yolly wrote, “Maraming salamat po!!! Napakaswerte ko kasi isa ako sa pinagkatiwalaan mo, sa personal na buhay man o trabaho… Salamat sa pagmamahal na ipadama mo sa akin, ano man ang narating ko sa Fujihaya yan ay dahil sayo. Hinding-hindi kita makakalimutan. Sa lahat ng saya at lungkot, sa mga payo at turo mo, MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT SIR ARIEL!”


Eleuterio Reyes

A graduate of Ateneo de San Pablo who hails from San Pablo City, Eleuterio Reyes was known as “El Rey” and “Taroy” to friends and family.

“Rest In Peace, Tito Taroy. Thank you for the fun childhood which you painted with broad and fine strokes of generosity! You will always be one of the coolest,” wrote David Cosico on Facebook.

He was with his wife Azenith at Resorts World Manila when the attack happened.


Rolando Pena Sison

“Farewell to our former boss and dear friend Rolando Pena Sison (RPS), one of the fatalities of Resorts World Manila attack,” wrote Danilo Mamaril on Facebook.

Rolando Pena Sison was a guest at Resorts World Manila.

Elizabeth Gonzales

Elizabeth Gonzales was the wife of Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr.

Carmelita Taylo Dela Cruz

Carmelita Taylo Dela Cruz was a guest at Resorts World Manila.

Her godchild Geraldin paid tribute to her on Facebook: “My Ninang Mameng na mbait na wala ko masabi….”

“We will miss you,” a niece wrote.

Antonina Yuzon Allanigue


A graduate of Centro Escolar University, Antonina Yuzon Allanigue was a guest at Resorts World Manila.

“Many thanks to you. We love you,” posted her nephew Jerick.

Other names on the list of casualties include Melvin Herrera, Lai Yu Cheeh, Lai Wei Chung, Pomenciano Vargas Jr., Mielle Oliveros, Antonina Yuzon Allanigue, Cliff Reyneira, Caccam Katherine Cervantes, Susan Abulencia, P Ling Hung Lee, Pamela Silvestre, Pacita Guillermo Comquilla, Sheila Malicse. Others are still being identified.

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