|Core Shelter residents honor the death of a community member by playing games, eating food, and sharing stories at the multipurpose hall.|
It is Filipino tradition to honor the death of a loved one by hosting a wake at the family's home. The casket is typically placed inside the home where family and friends can commune and visit day and night. Funeral wakes and visitations can last up to two weeks. They believe in celebrating their life, by playing games and sharing food and conversation while also comforting family members, so that they are not alone. It is a time of celebration and in this case, Core Shelter homes are very small and it would be cumbersome to have a casket inside the home for so many days. The multipurpose hall is suited for the residents, friends, and families who will visit over an extended period of time. The building design is open to receive many visitors, at all hours, without compromising the family's domestic life. It's great to know that the building has served so many uses for very special occasions.
|Funeral casket placed inside the multipurpose.|
|Foundation worker climbs the ladder to patch a hole in the gutter while the funeral wake activities pursue.|
|Anna Koosmann (myself) pictured with Johna David.|