MANILA, Philippines – Many came to pay their respects to the late actor Eddie Garcia on the first day of his wake, June 21, at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City
Garcia died at 4:55 pm on June 20, Thursday, after being in a coma for over a week following a cervical spine injury he sustained while filming for a teleserye. His body was then removed from the hospital and cremated in the early morning of Friday, June 21.
Garcia’s family received guests at the chapel where the urn holding his ashes was displayed amid flowers sent in by some of the entertainment industry’s most prominent names.
Among those who paid their respects were Garcia’s former co-stars and industry colleagues, including Coco Martin, Gloria Romero, Tony Mabesa, Bibeth Orteza, Jestoni Alarcon, Gardo Versoza, Tirso Cruz, Rex Cortez, and Ricky Davao.
Many of them rememebered Garcia’s talent, professionalism, and tireless work ethic.
Speaking to the press at the wake, Orteza recalled how, on the day he fell on set, Garcia woke up early in the morning to arrive at the filming location on time.
“Can you imagine, sa araw na maaksidente siya, 4:30 ng umaga, nag-aalmusal na siya, silang dalawa ni Lillibeth, umalis ng bahay, 5:30 ng umaga, dumating sa set niya sa Tondo ng 6:30. Anong oras ang call niya? Alas nueve. ‘Yung ganung klaseng professionalism,” she said.
(Can you imagine, on the day of his accident, at 4:30 am, he had breakfast with Lilibeth. He left the house at 5:30 am. He arrived at the set in Tondo at 6:30 am. What time was his call time? 9 am. That kind of professionalism.)
Garcia’s fans also headed to the memorial park and waited outside before the wake was opened to the public later in the afternoon. One of them, Hansel Hayag, showed off his picture with Garcia.
Another fan, Edelo Tabiolo, rode his bike all the way from Cavite to pay his last respects to the man he called his idol.
A mass was held at 7 pm, followed by a memorial service. The wake will continue until Sunday, June 23. – Rappler.com