Filipinos in Boston Marathon All Safe After Blasts

Ten Filipino Americans who ran the Boston are all accounted for, professional triathlete and running coach Arland Macasieb told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview shortly after two bombs exploded near the finish line at the 117th Annual Boston Marathon, one of the city’s most celebrated sporting events. Macasieb, 37, said the bombs exploded about ten minutes after fellow Fil-Am runner Rolan Ocampo reached the finish line. Another runner, Susan Marie Sobrepeña, said she was close to the finish line when she heard the two blasts and was stopped by police from moving forward. The blasts killed three people and injured 138 as of press time. An 8-year-old child was one of the two who perished. There were also six volunteer nurses from the New England Chapter of the Philippine Nurses Association who were stationed near the area during the incident, and all are safe.