Burial Wake ala Las Vegas

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In the Philippines, gambling is only allowed at accredited casinos located inside certain hotels and establishments. Sponsoring gambling events at houses and other areas not accredited by the government is completely illegal.

To circumvent this law, some “entrepreneurial” gambling lords have used burial wakes situated at the house of the deceased as a gambling den considering that gambling during these situations are “informally allowed” by the local officials. The local officials often put tents (with their names of course), tables and chairs and take up one lane of the road as “moral support” to the grieving family. A portion of the gambling proceeds normally go to the bereaved family.

This is one of the reasons why some burial wakes in the Philippines can last for about a month or so.

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      1. Wow! A balikbayan at work. Saan ka sa manila naka-base? I was based in Glendon LA before (between 2006 – 2008). It’s very near Beverly Hills and Wilshire. I stayed sa Culver driving through 405 in and out of Glendo. Minsan sa Sepulveda ako dumadaan pag traffic sa 405. πŸ™‚

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      2. Im in Ortigas. I live just outside Highbury Chinatown. Let me kno hen you fly back to LA. In 2 months, balik Cali na din ako. I’m off yo Ticlao Island (Bicol ata) this weekend. Buhayturista sa sariling bayan πŸ™‚

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      3. Hindi. Na invite lang ako. We’re from Baler, Aurora, naka sked kami dun by next weekend.
        Oh, busy bee! So you’re a pro photog? Ay naku! My bro is a great fertergrefer back in LA. We should all meet some time soon!

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      4. Hahaha! Di naman ako pro photographer. It’s just a hobby I acquired from my cousin which I like to do. Yup, sure… Let’s have coffee sometime there in ortigas if I visit my client there… πŸ™‚

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