Family, friends, and fans remember Eddie Garcia on first day of wake

Amanda T. Lago
Family, friends, and fans remember Eddie Garcia on first day of wake
Coco Martin, Gloria Romero, and Tony Mabesa are among those who paid their last respects to the iconic actor

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.

COCO MARTIN. Eddie Garcia's 'Ang Probinsyano' co-star leaves the chapel at Heritage Memorial Park. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

BIBETH ORTEZA. The screenwriter and director speaks to press after attending Eddie Garcia's wake. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GLORIA ROMERO. Eddie Garcia's 'Rainbow's Sunset' co-star arrives at the Heritage Memorial Chapel to pay her respects. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GARDO VERSOZA. The actor is seen among other guests inside the chapel at Heritage Memorial Park. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

REZ CORTEZ. Eddie Garcia's 'Bwakaw' co-star attends his wake. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

TIRSO CRUZ AND LYNN YNCHAUSTI CRUZ. The couple arrive at the chapel in time for the mass held for Eddie Garcia's memory. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RICKY DAVAO. The actor arrives at the chapel of Heritage Memorial Park. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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.

FAN. Hansel Hayag shows a photo of him with Eddie Garcia, who he considers his idol. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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. –

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Amanda T. Lago

After avoiding long-term jobs in favor of travelling the world, Amanda finally learned to commit when she joined Rappler in July 2017. As a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, she writes about music, culture, and the occasional showbiz drama. She also hosts Rappler Live Jam, where she sometimes tries her best not to fan-girl on camera.