Following his death, Emiliano’s family and friends kept a constant vigil, at a funeral home in the city. In keeping with Filipino custom, the wake lasted seven days.
Friends and family took turns to ensure someone was present 24 hours a day. Wooden bench seats were used for sleeping. Food was supplied, and a TV was available to help pass the long hours.
Many visitors chose to sit quietly outside on the street. When we arrived on the final day, the mood inside was reasonably cheerful. The sad occasion was made brighter by many reunions between friends and relatives.
On the final night before the funeral, a tribute mass was held inside the chapel.
A highlight of the service was the screening of a photo montage.