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Ferdinand Marcos’ mortician offers to embalm Chavez


MANILA, Philippines—The mortician famous for putting dead dictator Ferdinand Marcos into a glass display case offered his services Friday to the deceased Hugo Chavez, whom Venezuela wants embalmed “like Lenin”.

Manila-based embalmer to the stars Frank Malabed stressed experts must act quickly if they wanted to successfully preserve the Venezuelan president, who died on Tuesday from cancer.

“I have not been contacted for it but I am always expecting a call. I will process anyone, anywhere,” Malabed, 62, told AFP.

He said the methods employed would depend on the condition of the corpse of Chavez, who his successor said on Thursday would be preserved “for eternity”.

“What is important is they must not delay (choosing an embalmer). The longer they delay it, the more difficult it would be,” Malabed said.

While Venezuelan authorities said they wanted Chavez embalmed “like Lenin”, Malabed said he would not use the same techniques as those employed for the Soviet revolutionary leader.

“I was told they preserved Lenin using resin. It’s like making a block of ice. You have a box, you pour water on it and freeze it. If I were asked to do it (embalm Chavez), I would do it differently,” he said.

Malabed detailed some chemicals that would need to be used.

“You need to inject fluid into the arteries after draining blood from the veins. You use a hypodermic needle for that. Then you replenish it regularly. It has to be checked regularly to arrest any sign of decomposition,” he said.

Malabed honed his skills as a young man helping his father embalm thousands of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War, working at a converted hangar at a US air base north of Manila in the 1960s.

He built his reputation working on his own embalming practice in Manila from the early 1970s, then became so well respected in the business that he was tasked to embalm the body of Marcos after he died in exile in 1989.

“In the case of president Marcos, it was difficult work. He was a vegetable. The body was full of oedema (fluid),” he said.

Marco’s body remains on display at the family’s ancestral home in the northern Philippines.

Malabed continues a successful business in Manila, where he is often called to work on celebrities, politicians and other high-profile figures.


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Tags: Death , Embalmer , Ferdinand Marcos , Funeral , Hugo Chavez

  • $18209031

    Inject jelly or silicone to make it soft like normal living person.

  • UrHONOR

    MAY kliyenteng sigurado si Malabed na sa kasalukuyan ay sinusubukan ang lahat ng paraan upang lumakas pa sa VLH..

  • $18209031

    Relay the message to the Venezuelan embassy in Manila !! Chavez is well respected inspite being antiAmerican. He is their version of Che Guevara. He sure has helped  a lot of poor people.
    Even poor American s admired him for his charisma. Unfortunately he died young.

    Give the Venezuelan embassy a call. Or else his body will decompose faster and hard to work on.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      what poor americans admired him. why did a lot of venezuelans end up in america and they are crying tears of joy. he took a food exporting country into one where people had to stand in line for hours just to get a bottle of milk.ask  the radio stations and newspapers he shut down. i lived in america and i never heard one person who admired him or his commie government can you tell what americans admired him i would like to read it. his country should have been one of the richest in south america but it ended uo poor

      • $18209031

         Not all poor Americans even know him but im referrring to years back when he donated heating oil to poor people in the NE America. If not, these people would be frozen to death in deep winter.  He did some good . Ameican should have helped those people but no.

  • UrHONOR

    BTW, hindi ba si Edgar Mortiz na sa ganyan ding business?

  • riza888

    Creepy…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFH3CDZSZKVLX4G74PJOQ3L64U Natx Bacalzo

    marcos is a great of work of plastic molders. 

  • abbaj

    what a job. give me million bucks, i still won’t do it. iiiwwww! but it’s good to know someone like frank from ph is capable of doing a job like that!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    sa malaysia kelengan ka ngayon. pronto.

  • Mel

    Can you process the small lady holed up in a hospital. thanks.

  • $18209031

    That is a specialty only a few want to do, and its a sure shot to getting wealthy. He did a lot o f his early practice with American casualties back from Vietnam.



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