Man clings for life after NAIA-1 ceiling collapses

By Raoul Esperas

Posted at Feb 13 2014 11:08 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2014 07:08 AM

MANILA -- Departing passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 got the surprise of their lives when a portion of the terminal's ceiling collapsed on Thursday.

Worse, a construction worker was seen clinging for his life from the damaged ceiling about 50 feet above the departure lobby.

Fortunately, the construction worker identified as 20-year-old Jelly Boy Marcial was able to grab a protruding aircon pipe and was eventually saved by a fellow worker.

Marcial, who was unscathed in the incident, said he was thankful to God for what he considers as his second life.

Meanwhile, departing passengers at the lobby who were queuing for their international flights scampered for safety.

However, 59-year-old Lorna Delos Angeles, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in California, was hit by falling debris.

Delos Angeles' blood pressure shot up.

She was taken by medical personnel of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to the clinic.

She was later allowed to board her flight after her blood pressure stabilized.

She was advised by doctors to undergo further medical attention if she feels dizziness or vomiting.

In a phone interview, NAIA Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta said they will call the attention of F.R. Sevilla Construction, the sub-contractor of DMCI, to ensure 100 percent safety in all areas of the airport that are undergoing rehabilitation.