Missing: Filipino vacationer to Bali not heard from since Christmas Eve

Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines Facebook page.
Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines Facebook page.

A Filipino woman has gone missing in Bali after going to the popular tourist destination for a vacation more than two weeks ago, the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) revealed yesterday.

The woman was identified as Ella Balmaceda Paaño, according to a bulletin posted by the DFA. She left the Philippines for Bali on Dec. 22, her older sister Eden Paaño Oliveros told Coconuts Manila in a phone interview today.

According to Oliveros, her sister met up in Bali with a Russian friend she worked with at a Coron, Palawan, resort on the same day she left the Philippines.

“Our hunch is that [the Russian friend] has something to do with our sister going missing,” Oliveros said in Filipino.

Oliveros said they had been talking to her sister through video calls everyday and that the last time they were in contact was on Christmas Eve.

They noticed the next day that Paaño was inactive on Facebook Messenger; she has remained inactive since. Her cellphone number cannot be contacted either.

It was Paaño’s first time to travel outside the Philippines and the trip was a gift to herself to celebrate her birthday on Dec. 20, Oliveros said.

Oliveros and their family approached the DFA for help on Monday. According to the Foreign Affairs department, the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta has filed a missing person report for Paaño.

Paaño is from Pasacao, Camarines Sur in the Bicol region but had been working as a resort manager in Coron, Palawan.

Information on her whereabouts can be sent to her family at +63 9081427763 or +63 9125788021.

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