Wake me up, before you go-go

I do not know about the funeral customs of other cultures, but those of the Philippines — specially of its affluent class — are something else…

So much fun.  Actually… “Party Time”!!! 



  1. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    June 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm


    a similar incident in the late 60’s, a Capampangan relative, operators of that imposing ICE storage beside the former Ysmael Steel site passed away.
    as usual, the Buyson sisters were present.

  2. Blue-Blooded Yapster said,

    June 20, 2008 at 9:09 am

    that was totally hilarious….. i can only imagine the tension around the entire wake…. tht must have been so much fun

  3. July 23, 2007 at 12:05 pm


    That is a “total gas”!!! *applauds*

    More, please!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  4. zippo said,

    July 23, 2007 at 10:14 am

    I agree. I think one of the most memorable wakes I’ve been to was my lola’s held a few months before EDSA-1.

    Funny incidents were: (i) IRM with daughters IRM-A and Aimee arrived, suddenly the Jacinto and Lopez surnamed guests plus guests who were partial to the Marcos opposition, all stood up and simultaneously left the main hall to position themselves in the patio; (ii) IRM was around when Celia Diaz-Laurel arrives. IRM stands up and greets Celia like they were “the best of friends” — this was a mere few weeks after Doy and Celia were arrested at the Manila International Airport and detained for 2 days; (iii) Gen. V*r arrived with Ed*a C*mcam but before they could alight from their limo, they were warned that the REAL Mrs. V*r was inside paying her respects (as such, Gen. V*r and Ed*a C*mcam’s limo was circling the village for 1 hour waiting for Mrs. V*r to leave); (iv) V*lma V*lera arrived followed by Mel Mat*ay, suddenly one of then Metro Manila Vice-Governor Mat*ay’s security whispered something to his boss. In turn, Mel Mat*ay whispers something to V*lma. V*lma suddenly leaves. After 5 minutes, Son*a Mat*ay arrives; (v) P*toy M*reno arrives. He positions himself in between IRM, who sat beside my mother, and Celia Laurel, who was seated beside IRM but had some considerable seat space between them. Oscar De Zalameda arrives, greets my mom and sits beside my mom! Not a word was exchanged between the painter and the fashion czar.

    My lola was probably laughing her head off from where she was….

    Z 🙂

  5. cousin paz said,

    July 23, 2007 at 3:39 am

    Hi Toto,

    Not to sound irreverent but I can only agree…

    Cousin Paz

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