Kick the bucket, bite the dust, meet your maker—no matter what way you put it, we’re all going to die one day.
Death is inevitable, but the thought of your loved ones still in mourning having to prepare your funeral is just as heavy. A practical way to do, like some others, is to already plan how it all goes down—the speeches, your resting place, who isn’t invited—but if you’re already planning ahead, why not save up and go out in style?
Across the metro are numerous companies who will not only prepare to put you six feet under, but also treat your passing as if you were royalty. Here a few locations that are sure to make your death a little less solemn and lot more extravagant:
Arlington Memorial Chapels & Crematory
Arlington has been in the business for over 30 years, and the family-owned company has been treating their clients with the utmost care and excellence. With their two locations in Fort and Bonifacio and Quezon City, clients can expect a full service that attends to one’s religion and preferred mode of transportation, as well as the latest embalming techniques, comfortable visitation facilities, and final disposition depending on how much lavishness you want around you.
Packages for burials can go as high as Php2.995M, which includes imported caskets made of bronze or copper plated in gold, to celebrate the regality and longevity of your death. Some would favor cremation, in which case for Php395K you may have a copper or maple casket at viewings, before being put to rest in an imported elite vase. Every available package by Arlington comes with a full memorial service, and ensure that relatives are taken care of during the process.
Arlington Memorial Chapels & Crematory is located at 12 G. Araneta Avenue, Quezon City while the Arlington Chapel is in Aeternum Heritage Park, Fort Bonifacio. For inquiries you may e-mail them at email@example.com.
Heritage Memorial Park
With world-class facilities and services, Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig keeps improving the memorial industry with a mortuary & crematory highly favored by celebrities and prominent figures, and installations like a pavillion, lagoon, and numerous Park activities to ensure clients with exquisite taste the best memorialization.
If you wish to be buried with the likes of iconic actors Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon and Rudy “Da Boy” Fernandez, Heritage offers different memorial plans that can be paid in installments, going as high as Php2M and Php1.5M for their Edelweiss and Primrose packages. On the other hand, cremation prices can go up to Php230K (Jasmine Plan) and Php250K (Violet Plan).
Heritage Memorial Park is located along C-5 Highway in Taguig City. For inquiries you may contact them at (02) 938-6173 / 0927-7661911 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org – kindly set an appointment with their office for better service.
It’s hard to miss the towering structure that is the Sanctuarium when driving along Quezon Avenue. The remarkable facade reminding one of the Vatican is reflected in the numerous facilities that Sanctuarium offers to ensure clients the best service possible. From casket and urn showrooms to numerous chapels, a glorious Buddhist temple, and a Roman-inspired sky garden, clients have a wide selection of luxury for their dear departed.
Families will also find comfort as each chapel includes a family room, and visitors will have no inconvenience as Sanctuarium boasts four-level parking and several amenities like a coffee shop, flower shop, and convenience store. The Gothic features of Sanctuarium are even more breathtaking in the columbarium, which features thousand of vaults for urns, and the modernized appearances of scenic elevators and escalators, tiered circular balconies, and a glass dome ceiling to make each visit worth remembering.
Sanctuarium is located at 739 Gregorio. Araneta Avenue corner Agno Extension, Brgy Tatalon, 1113. For inquiries you may call them at (02) 711-2255 / 415-2255 / 416-2255.
Holy Trinity Memorial Chapels & Crematorium
The Holy Trinity Memorial Chapels & Crematorium can be found near Manila Memorial Park, and is the largest of its kind in the Philippines. In its 35 years of offering quality service, Holy Trinity has gained recognition as one of the most advanced mortuary chapels in the country, originally catering to members of the Knights of Columbus and their immediate families but have now extended to every client looking for consolation.
Holy Trinity takes pride in being the only funeral home in the south Metro with a DENR-approved wastewater treatment facility, which prevents the spreading of diseases.
Though they have 25 air-conditioned chapels (15 of which are first class), they are prepared to offer services to clients who wish to have wakes in other locations, with complete funeral services and a wide selection of local and imported caskets for viewing.
Holy Trinity Memorial Chapels & Crematorium is located in the HTMC Building, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Sucat Road, Paranaque City. For inquiries you may e-mail them at email@example.com, or call them at (02) 825-1291 / 825-3083 / 825-1296.
Golden Haven Memorial Parks
For those who have a taste for the old-fashioned, Golden Haven Memorial Parks may be the one that fits the bill. Golden Haven, established and owned by former senator Manny Villar, has expanded valuable yet unique locations all around the country like Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Nueva Vizcaya, but nothing comes close to the original park in Las Pinas with its architectural elements of the Spanish colonial period.
The Las Pinas park is dubbed the first Themed Memorial Park, and over the years has only grown in its grandeur as highlighted by its columbary located beneath its 700-seater church. The columbary too has Spanish-influenced architecture, and an adoration chapel, with three galleries that can contain 7,000 columbarium units (for a total of 21,000) able to hold fit four regular-sized urns. The memorial lots invoke the park’s name with heavenly features, topped off by a Butterfly Garden surrounded by tree-lined streets.
Golden Haven Memorial Parks’ main office is located at 40 Alabang–Zapote Road, Las Pinas, where the memorial lots and church are found. For inquiries you may e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at (02) 873-2922 / 875-2543 / 0999-8864176 / 0917-5866434.