Dominador Alemania Arcilla, the father of Filipino actor John Arcilla has died on Sunday in Baler, Aurora.
The 53-year-old actor clarified in an Instagram post yesterday that his father did not succumb from COVID-19. However, he said that the enhanced community quarantine placed over Luzon has made him unable to pay respects to his father, who lived a five-hour-drive away from Metro Manila.
Arcilla said that he was not one to announce “the passing of someone dear to me.”
“If not for the quarantine which I believe is necessary…I would not express anything about my father’s fate,” he said.
He said that the funeral home is still securing a travel permit to bring his father’s body to Metro Manila, but they couldn’t guarantee if they will be allowed to do so. Under the enhanced quarantine’s rules, mass gatherings like wakes are not allowed.
“So my father’s body will just stay in a Funeral Chapel for two days without the wake and will be buried with restricted attendance of people the next day. Half the number of my siblings are here in Manila and all the grandchildren are based here,” Arcilla lamented.
He closed his post by asking friends and followers to pray for his father.
Dear friends, my father is gone not because of COVID. If not for the Quarantine which I believe is necessary, and this painful circumstance which understandably need not to favor with our grieving family, I would not express anything about my Father’s fate. I do not feel good announcing the passing of someone very Dear to me. But the feeling of not seeing even his body for the last time while we’re just here 5 hours away from him, isn’t easy to handle. His body is in Baler and due to this situation, wakes and calebrations of mass are not allowed. Our family wishes to Cremate him and pray together with his URN after this LOCKDOWN but we don’t have crematoriums in Baler and travel permits are complicated. The Funeral services can not send their staff with my father’s remains in Cabanatuan or Manila. They can get a travel permit from the origin, but their personel has to be quarantined for 2 weeks or more in their second destination, and has to settle another set of travel permit. So my father’s body will just stay in a Funeral Chapel for two days without the wake and will be burried with restricted attendance of people the next day. Half the number of my siblings are here in Manila and all the grandchildren are based here. We also need to settle travel permits but they can not guarantee if the checkpoints will allow us to travel back to Manila after 2-3 days. Most probably, they will send us back to Baler or we have to be quarantined for 14 days or so in Baler or in between towns. I do not blame anyone for the situation. My sense of judgement and reasons fully understood the consequences. I just need to express something that is too much to bear. Please pray for our family most specially for my beloved father Dominador Alemania Arcilla. Thank you for reading this. God bless you all.
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The veteran theater and screen actor is best known for his swaggering portrayal of the historic Filipino General Antonio Luna in the fictional biopic Heneral Luna.
Luzon’s enhanced community quarantine, enforced in March to curb the spread of COVID-19 was meant to end on April 12 but has been extended to April 30.
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