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Dasal na lang muna! Charisse Abalos explains why there’s no public wake for grandma

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Mandaluyong councilor Charisse Abalos said there would be no public viewing of the remains of her grandmother, Corazon, despite an earlier announcement from their family.

In a Facebook post, Abalos said their family cancelled the plan to hold a public viewing and mass for her grandmother due to the threat of COVID-19.

“Although Mandalenyos are disciplined, health protocols could easily be breached with a huge crowd. Thus, out of concern for everyone’s safety and well-being, the family has decided to cancel these plans and to instead hold a private, closed-door mass for Mama Cora at home,” she said.

The councilor said cancelling the public viewing for her grandmother’s remains was “a difficult and painful decision for the family” because her grandmother was a well-loved figure. However, she reminded their supporters that Corazon was not spared from COVID-19.

“Mama Cora was hospitalized due to COVID, and she was completely cured of the same. But the complications that came after were just too much for her. She loves all of you and would not want any of you to go through the same ordeal,” Abalos said.

The councilor said the remains of her grandmother will remain in the family home “until it is safe for the public to come out and see her off to her final resting place.”

“In the interim, we request for your continued prayers for the eternal repose of her soul. Thank you all for your kindness and understanding,” Abalos said.