By: Elena Grace Flores
The sturdy bronze casket for the late president Ferdinand Marcos has arrived from the United States, in connection to his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sept. 18. The frozen remains of Marcos that has been refrigerated since 1993, will be prepared by Dr. Frank Malabed, a mortician, thereby closing the mausoleum for the public. The notice was announced earlier. Viewing hours at the mausoleum will resume from the usual 9 a.m. to noon and then from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, and every day thereafter. This proves that the rumored wax remains of Marcos was indeed hoax.
Some visitors who came all the way from overseas and other provinces were dismayed upon knowing that it was closed – since they have know way to know the schedule interruption beforehand – but this is something that the viewing public can sacrifice for the late strongman is already scheduled to be sent to his final resting place fit for whoever he was in his lifetime contrary to critics.
“He was a president of the Philippines so he should be buried [at the Libingan ng mga Bayani] was Dolores Tejeros words who came all the way from Luna. May this event brings healing to those pains in the past – to be able to embrace a beautiful tomorrow.