Filipino carpenter, Armando Peneda, his wife and children are installed in the home he always promised he would build for her.
Filipino carpenter, Armando Peneda, his wife and children are installed in the home he always promised he would build for her. What's unusual is that Mrs. Pineda died some time ago....and the "home" a mausoleum.
SYNOPSIS: The North Cemetery of Manila is "home" for the Pineda family...and while large mausoleums with elaborate fittings are commonplace in Philippine cemeteries...no-one has ever moved into one before.
Mr. Pineda says he intends using all his professional skills as a carpenter to develop the two-storey mausoleum, into what he calls "a peculiar masterpiece", in her honour. Mr. Pineda feels the mausoleum is a tribute to his wife.
Mrs. Pineda's tomb occupies a place of honour in the mausoleum/home.
Mr. Pineda said he always promised his wife that he would build her a magnificent home...but after bearing him six children, Mrs. Pineda died before he could fulfil his pledge.
He says he wants to ensure that the children never forget their mother. Asked why he had gone to such elaborate lengths, Mr. Pineda answered that the reason was simple. He loved his wife.
Filipino carpenter Armando Pineda and his wife are now both installed in the home he always promised he would build for her -only she is dead and the "home" is a mausoleum in the North Cemetery of Manila.
Large mausoleums are common in Philippine cemeteries, with elaborate fittings to symbolise comforts for the dead. One even has a cold drinks dispenser - but Mrs. Pineda's is the only occupied by the living as well as the dead.
Using all his professional skills, he intends to turn the mausoleum into "a peculiar masterpiece" in her honour.
After bearing him six children, Mrs. Pineda died before her husband could afford the house he had promised her, but now he has build a two-storey mausoleum, and is living in it himself, together with the tomb containing her remains.
A picture of Mrs. Pineda stands on the tomb and nearby a gas stove, wooden bed and cloths cupboard for the earthly requirements of her husband.
Pineda enjoys living in the graveyard, it's quiet, and on my way home at night at least I don't get accosted by drunks," he said.
Asked why he does this, he said, "Because I am doing this, I love my wife."