Monday, January 3, 2011

Filipino community in Oslo grieves over Pinay's death

OSLO, Norway - The Filipino community here in Oslo is still reeling from shock and grief over the killing of Filipina Norwegian Lowella Belaro at her hometown in Leyte on Christmas Eve.
Outpouring of condolences were sent through the victim’s Facebook account after the Norwegian national tabloid paper, Verdens Gang (VG), published the name of the Norwegian woman it earlier reported to have been stabbed in the Philippines.

One such post reads, “Time may pass and fade away... but memories of you will always stay... May You Rest In Peace Lowella!!!” Another post reads, “Sad to know you are the victim here Lowella, may your untimely passing gives you eternal rest in heaven and may the good Lord continue his blessings to your bereaved family. Our prayers are with you!”
Luz Bergersen, a Filipino community leader and leader of Visayan association Hiligaynon, said the news came as a “shock” to her.  
“Magkaibigan kami for a long time na. She is a friend of mine. She is a very good lady. She has been through a lot in her life and she has managed very well. I hope they find who did it,” Bergersen told ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau in a phone interview.
Halivi Domingo, an Oslo resident and a fellow member of Belaro in the Christian community, Living Word Ministry, also expressed sadness over her death saying that she knew her personally and Belaro was even a wedding sponsor at her wedding. She described Belaro as “mabait,” and “masayahin”.

“Kung wala rin siyang trabaho ay lagi siyang pumupunta dito (Living Word)," Domingo said adding that Belaro was an active member of the Christian community.  
The community grapevine is rife with speculations on who, and why Belaro was stabbed. The local police confirmed that they are looking into the possibility that the murder of Belaro was done by a hired killer.
“Pinapatay talaga siya, question lang is how and who did it,” one source told ABS-CBN.
Belaro is a Norwegian citizen residing in Askim, Norway. She is survived by 4 sons and a daughter. She was living with a Norwegian partner after she got separated from her Filipino husband. 

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