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DH who died of heart attack flown home today

05 January 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Salmorin, 52, was well-loved by many, including her employers

A 52-year-old domestic helper from Hamtic, Antique who died from an apparent heart attack, made her final voyage home today, Jan. 5.

Victoria Salmorin, who had worked in Hong Kong for around three decades, was found collapsed inside her bedroom in her employer’s flat in Cyberport, Pokfulam on Dec 21. She was declared dead on arrival at Queen Mary Hospital.

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A police spokeswoman confirmed the Filipina’s death, saying it was due to illness. Her 51-year-old male employer was the one who found Salmorin unconscious, and called the police.  There were no suspicious circumstances, the spokeswoman said.

Salmorin, the first OFW fatality to be repatriated this year, was among five Filipino workers who died in Hong Kong last month, all due to illness, said Consul Paulo Saret, head of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section.

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Her remains were flown to Manila on a Philippine Airlines flight that departed at 11:30 this morning, Saret said. Her coffin will be put on a connecting flight to Iloilo City early tomorrow, then transported overland for two and a half hours to her hometown 95km away.

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Salmorin suffered from high blood pressure, said Rodelia Pedro Villar, a friend and founder of Facebook group Domestic Workers Corner, of which the deceased was a member.

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Villar said earlier that day, Salmorin’s employers saw her return from the supermarket. She then went to her bedroom to pack some stuff in a door-to-door box she was planning to send to her loved ones in the Philippines.

Salmorin, who was married but had no children, was known to be generous, especially to her siblings, said Villar.

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“Around 4:30 in the afternoon, the employers checked her room and saw her lying on the bed, her head leaning on the wall, eyes shut and snoring loudly. They thought she was just asleep so they didn’t wake her up,” Villar said.

At around 9pm, the employer wondered why the Filipina did not come out for dinner and checked her room again. She was found lifeless this time. The employers called the police and an ambulance came to pick her up. The ambulance staff tried to revive Salmorin, but in vain.

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Villar said Salmorin had worked for six years for her last employer. She was an active member of OFW Emotion with DJ Gell and Antiqueños Around the World, especially at their yearend gatherings.  

In fact, she was wrapping gifts for her group’s Christmas Party, being the primary sponsor, said Villar.

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Nandun pa sa room niya ang maraming mga regalo na nakabalot at nakahanda para sa Christmas party nila ng grupo at siya ang primary sponsor. (There were many wrapped gifts in her room that she prepared for her group’s Christmas party, as she was the primary sponsor),” she said.

It was the male employer who did everything so that Salmorin’s relatives and friends would not worry about repatriating her, Villar said.

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“The employer is very supportive. He reported the death to ATN and OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration),” she said. 

At a necrological service for Salmorin held at Universal Funeral Homes in Hung Hom presided by Fr Jay Flandez, chaplain for Filipinos in Hong Kong, the employer and one of his children attended, said Villar.

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The employer was reportedly very emotional when he shared his good memories of Salmorin during the service.

“They (the employers) are very sad about what happened. They personally packed all her stuff to send to her family,” Villar said. 

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