Remains of Pinoy couple who drowned in Maldives back in PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2019 05:18 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2019 12:16 AM

Relatives of Leomer and Erika Lagradilla burst in tears upon seeing the remains of the couple as it arrived in Manila, Saturday. Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—The remains of the Filipino couple who died in the Maldives arrived in the Philippines on Saturday.

The bodies of Leomer and Erika Joyce Lagradilla arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on board Etihad Airways flight EY-424 at 3:26 p.m.

The two nurses, based in Singapore and Riyadh, were married on December 18 and headed to the South Asian country for their honeymoon on January 11.

They drowned off Dhiffushi island while snorkeling, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The couple's remains arrived in their home province Laguna at 8:40 p.m.

Erika's remains will be taken to her house in Sta. Cruz, Laguna for her wake. On Wednesday, her remains will be taken to her husband's home in Lumban, Laguna before their interment on January 26.

The couple's family and friends initially sought help online to bring the Lagradillas' bodies back home, but the DFA said it would shoulder the repatriation costs.

The Maldives Ministry of Tourism then said it would take care of the costs of bringing them back home.

It said it will establish safe zones for swimming on its every island following the honeymooners' death.

—With reports from Arra Perez and Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News