By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
FORMER mayor Vicente Emano had a premonition of what was coming, and had discussed how he wanted to be laid to rest three weeks before he died.
The ashes of the 76-year-old Emano, who died of pneumonia Tuesday, would be laid to rest beside the tomb of her eldest daughter Nenotchka at the public cemetery of his hometown Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental today.
According to his son Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano, the original plan was for his father to be cremated, and then his ashes would be buried immediately after being brought to a Roman Catholic church in Tagoloan.
The late mayor did not want people to see his corpse.
But the plan was changed three weeks ago, according to the younger Emano.
“Naghangyo siya nga magpahaya na lang bisag tulo lang ka adlaw. Wala namay makita kay abo na lang. Ang hinungdan, ang tinuod, gusto lang nya mukita iyang mga barkada nga mamaligyaay ug bulak sa Cathedral,” said the governor in tears.
Capitol spokesman Florito Dugaduga said today’s services would start at 8 am at Sra. Candelaria Church in Tagoloan.
Dugaduga said the ex-mayor’s ashes would then be be taken to the Tagoloan public cemetery where he wanted his remains interred beside his daughter who died in a car accident years ago.