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At the wake (right) for Gina Añolga Sorianosos in Mlang, Cotabato, Philippines.

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Filipina killed in Dubai Hills missed ‘dream home’

The Filipina killed in a hit-and-run incident in Dubai Hills had her life snatched from her before she could come home to her “dream home”, her family shared to Expatmedia.net.

Gina Añolga Sorianosos, 48, was hit by a car in the luxury neighbourhood on the evening of February 2. She was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Witnesses said Gina was on her way home from work in Dubai Hills, also known as Dubai Hills Estate, when she was hit by a car at the pedestrian crossing. She was trying to catch the free bus home from the luxury residential area located within Mohammed bin Rashid City. The suspect is now in police detention, her sister, Mariasol Añolga Galaraga, confirmed to Expatmedia.net.

Gina is survived by her husband, their two sons and daughter. Gina also has six siblings, including her elder sister Mariasol, who is based in Saudi Arabia.

Gina’s dream home and sacrifices

“During our last conversation, we planned to go home to the Philippines last December with our other sibling in Hong Kong but when the time came, Gina couldn’t make it after all. She told me, ‘Just go ahead, I will just follow you,'” Mariasol recalled.

Gina hadn’t seen her family for nearly 10 years, choosing instead to send home the money she earned from her various jobs in Dubai so she can have her “dream home” constructed in their hometown of Mlang in the Philippines’ Cotabato province.

“They lived in a small house before, so she really saved up to build her dream home,” her sister said. Gina was eventually able to have a decent home constructed for her family, but it was destroyed by an earthquake in 2019. “She never gave up and had it slowly rebuilt with her savings,” Mariasol said.

The home of Gina Añolga Sorianosos in Mlang, North Cotabato, Philippines.

Mariasol said that Gina had always been family focused and was a hard worker. Gina left to work abroad to provide for her family, earning a living in Hong Kong before moving to the UAE in 2011. “She was a nanny in Dubai, but she also worked several other jobs on the side,” Mariasol told Expatmedia.net.

“We last saw each other in 2010. She was always happy, and very helpful to us, her siblings,” Mariasol said, adding that Gina’s attitude made her proud as an elder sister.

She said that Gina was very determined to give her family a good life. “She was always ready to make sacrifices just to give her children a good future. No matter what challenges she faced, she wouldn’t give up. She wanted to give everything to her family,” Mariasol said.

Expatmedia.net also reached out to Gina’s 20-year-old daughter, Britney, who was very distraught about her mother’s plight in Dubai.

Britney, now a college student, said she was only in Grade 4 when her mother left to work abroad. She had not seen her mother in nearly ten years.

“Welcome home, Ma. Finally after a decade you have come home to the house you worked hard for, but you are now in a coffin,” Britney said in a Facebook post in Filipino. “It hurts to see you in there now. We can’t do anything to bring you back,” Britney added.

At the wake for Gina Añolga Sorianosos in Mlang, Cotabato, Philippines.

In Dubai, Gina was well-liked, her friends said. Her employer and the community in Dubai Hills reportedly pooled money to be able to fund the immediate repatriation of her remains.

Gina’s childhood classmate and neighbour, Eden Clavel, a former Dubai resident, told Expatmedia.net that she was very saddened by Gina’s untimely death.

“She was very determined in life. She really worked hard for her family. I admired her quiet strength,” Clavel said.

Burial scheduled on February 22

Gina’s remains were repatriated to the Philippines on February 14, accompanied by the victim’s cousin based in Abu Dhabi. The wake is ongoing at Gina’s home in Mlang.

Speaking to Expatmedia.net, Gina’s sister Mariasol said that the Filipina will have a private burial at her home on February 22. “It is what her children wanted,” Mariasol said.

Mlang, a municipality in the Philippine province of Cotabato, has a public cemetery but it is customary for some residents to prefer their dead loved one buried within the grounds of their home. PIA/ICA/Expat Media


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