John Arcilla's father dies in Baler and actor won't be able see him for the last time


Posted at Apr 06 2020 12:58 PM

MANILA — Dominador Alemania Arcilla, the father of veteran actor John Arcilla, has passed away.

Arcilla shared the sad news in his Instagram post on Sunday, stressing that his father did not die from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Nonethless, Arcilla said they can’t give him the proper goodbyes because of the enhanced community quarantine.


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“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 celebrations 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 services with my father’s remains in Cabanatuan or Manila. They can get a travel permit from the origin, but their staff 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 buried with restricted attendance of people the next day. Half the numbers 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 judgment 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 Arcillal,” Arcilla shared.

The entire Luzon was placed under lockdown until April 12. During the quarantine period, public gatherings, including wakes, are banned.