[UPDATE] A Mass was held Saturday morning outside the ruins of the Pampanga supermarket that collapsed during the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Luzon Monday.
Prayers, flowers and candles were offered at the site of what was left of the Chuzon supermarket in Porac town, where five bodies had been pulled out earlier this week.
Supermarket officials, residents and rescue crews gathered for the Mass, where the officiating priest led prayers for the departed and for those hurt but survived the collapse.
Some were moved to tears, including supermarket employee Jurela Miccah Capara. Capara managed to get out of the building and made it to safety, but close friend Nyl Matamo, a fellow employee, was killed.
Gracie Rutao, ABS-CBN News
Chuzon supermarket legal counsel Adenn Sigua, meanwhile, told reporters that the mart's management has sent help to families of those lost and to those hurt.
"We are continuously contacting, communicating [with] the families of the the deceased," said Sigua, adding that they would "never" neglect the bereaved.
The supermarket management vowed to shoulder burial expenses for those who perished and hospital bills of those injured in the collapse.
Pampanga is under a state of calamity in the wake of the temblor, which also shook Zambales, other nearby provinces and Metro Manila, killing 16.
Police are preparing charges for those liable for the collapse of the building, as Phivolcs had said it should not have been flattened by the temblor if it was built in compliance with the building code.
Police earlier said initial investigation found that the 4-story building was originally designed as a two-floor structure. But the mart clarified that it complied with the building code and that the building was designed as a 4-floor structure.
- Report from Gracie Rutao, ABS-CBN News