Filipina among fatalities in Malaysia quake

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A Filipina is among the hikers killed in Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu, which was hit by a 6.0-magnitude quake on Friday, June 5.

In the list of victims published by, among those identified is Filipina Karyl Mitzi Higuit Matahom, 12 years old.

In a statement released on Sunday, June 7, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose confirmed the fate of Matahom, who was one of the Tanjong Katong Primary School students on their excursion in the mountain when the earthquake hit.

Twenty-nine students and 8 teachers from the school were part of the excursion to the popular climbing destination. (READ: Singapore says 5 school students, 1 teacher killed in Sabah quake)

Matahom resides in Singapore and was born to a Filipino mother and a Singaporean father.

On Saturday, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur announced that 4 other Filipino climbers were able to safely reach the Kinabalu Park base camp before dark after the earthquake. Authorities identified them as Mary Nicole Gail Angeles Malones, Kenneth Cueto Almonte, Anna Rose Gumantaron Curiano, and Michael William Echevarria.

The epicenter of the Friday earthquake was said to be near the picturesque mountain. It was considered as one of Malaysia's strongest earthquakes in decades. –