Manila, PH -20 Feb. 2009- Staff. A raucous wedding party stretching into the wee morning hours took a tragic turn when four attendees were killed while attempting acrobatic stunts on the dance floor.
Witnesses say that as the party progressed, representatives of the bride and groom’s respective families sqaured off in a series of aggressive, dance based confrontations while a DJ laid down ever faster and more intense beats. Suddenly, at the peak of the competition, two of the musical gladiators bounded on top of tables, lept into midair and collided simultaneously into a pillar. The force of the impact was enough to break the support, and a large section of the roof collapsed.
Maria Calas, 20, Burgus Bahag-hari, 32, Leon Mangubat, 40, and Ligaya Añonuevo, 27, were pronounced dead on the scene when authorities responded to several emergency calls around 4 am local time. First responders were greeted with a grisly tableau of twisted wreckage and mangled bodies. In addition to the four fatalities, scores of others suffered a range of minor and moderate injuries, mainly scrapes and contusions but also some severe fractures.
The clubs owner, Jaime Vargas, could not be reached for comment, but the club is closed pending a full investigation.