A Film Critique by Rafael V. Paguntalan
For the course Euthenics 2, Section CB
Submitted to Ms. Rhea Aubrey B. Rocer
3 October 2012
This independent film entitled, Ded na si Lolo (Granpa is Dead) is a very Filipino way especially in having an impact with the superstitious traditions like in the story where a family member has passed away.
This Filipino tradition is so normal that watching the movie even if over and over again makes you laugh and think if the superstitions are all true. Cannot help but ask, who are the people keep saying those superstitions anyway.
The story is told in the eyes of Bobet, one of the grandsons of lolo or grandpa. The information was informed to one his daughters. The story was unfold in the start of the wake until its burial. However, you will laugh at the comic side of the Filipino superstitious traditions to it. There are tons actually. In reality it is true in the sense that we, Filipinos follow them because we tend to do it and nothing will go wrong.
1.do not wear Red color attire when you are going to a wake. It will be disrespectful for the family of the dead or the dead himself or herself.
The order of the names of the family members in the casket should be chronological. Get it before the burial.
It is bad luck to have some tears at the casket of the dead.
It is good luck if we put certain money at the hand of the dead and then, get it and keep it once the start of the burial.
The rosary should be cut so that a family member will not be the next one to passed away.
If you want to change the attire of the dead, one must cut the attire at the back then put it in the dead. The dead has been stiff already and unlike the living, our body is flexible.
It is bad luck to take a shower or bath at the house where the dead's wake, even to the members of the family.
Also, it is bad luck to clean the house where the dead lies in it especially during the wake. It is forbidden to accompany the guests leaving the wake.
If there is a chick on top of the casket, the one who passed away died was murdered. So, people do not asked questions how the person died.
Also, it is good luck when you see the marching of the dead to throw some coins in the street where the dead will pass. They say that the dead will use it in the afterlife to pay towards their journey.
At the burial, when there is a young child, the child should be passed back and forth on top of the casket so that the dead will not visit them.
The loved one passed away should be buried before 12 noon so that there is no bad luck in the family.