Couple prepares for death, customizes own caskets

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2017 05:33 PM

ILIGAN - Custom-made caskets sit like ordinary furniture on the second floor of the Tapic ancestral house in Barangay Kiwalan here.

One had been there for 17 years already since the matriarch Flora Tapic commissioned her carpenter-brother to make her an airplane-shaped coffin.

Her husband Luciano only had his coffin made two years ago.

While it may seem morbid to some, Flora, 82, once tried her coffin and had her pictures taken so she could see how she would look in it.

She has grown attached to it that she asked her family to not bury it with her but place it above her niche. 

Luciano, who has a quite dark sense of humor himself, said Flora may be thinking of passing it on to her sibling.

Luciano said that if he had his way, he would rather be wrapped in a mat and buried right away so as not to inconvenience his family.

The couple believes it is just practical to prepare for one’s death. 

The family, however, are just happy they still have no need for the caskets.