Giselle Sanchez

There is no denying the perception that music is truly a universal language, something that is perpetual and immortal. But aside from that, it can also be used to honor our lives and give tribute to those we love.

And yes, even departed loved ones and their memories.

That explains why Forest Lake, one of the largest and leading memorial care brands in the Philippines, decided to use music to give everyone a chance to pay tribute and honor the memories of their loved ones and celebrate the lives they lived during their time here on earth with families and friends. Forest Lake made listening to music as the perfect opportunity to enable everyone to remember their departed family members, and allow their memories to be treasured, immortalized and celebrated by the living.

Last November 1, Forest Lake organized a free “virtual” musical tribute to honor departed ones with “Music and Memories: A Celebration of Life through Music.” The extraordinary yet solemn musical event featured some of the best and most talented musical icons of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), who sang their most memorable tunes that made them such endearing—and enduring—artists.

The likes of Cooky Chua, who formed the band Color it Red in 1989, Wency Cornejo, who led the alternative rock band After Image in the late 1980s until the 1990s, Ice Seguerra, Bugoy Drilon, and music artists and legends extraordinaire Marco Sison and Ms. Kuh Ledesma, serenaded the audience that may have made them teary-eyed while watching the virtual concert.

(Clockwise from top) Cooky Chua, Wency Cornejo, Ice Seguerra, Kuh Ledesma, Marco Sison, Bugoy Drilon

The performances of the guest OPM artists truly tugged at the heart of concert viewers because they dedicated their songs not just to the viewers’ loved ones, but also their own. The lyrics of their songs were memorable enough, as if almost speaking to the viewers, invoking happy memories, and for a short while, made viewers reminisce quietly about lost family members or friends in the comfort of their homes.

Their music was truly a perfect tribute to honor the lives of loved one’s lost, to let them know that they are still remembered, revered, and loved, even if they are already in the afterlife, in God’s holy presence in His heavenly paradise.

Father Jesus Malit

Prior to the concert, a solemn celebration of the Holy Mass was conducted, officiated by Father Jesus Malit

Prior to the concert, a solemn celebration of the Holy Mass was officiated by Father Jesus Malit, providing the chance to pray for relatives and friends who have departed, offering comfort during these times when a physical visit to loved ones’ resting place is not possible. This was followed by testimonials from lot owners, who proudly expressed their gratitude for being part of the Forest Lake family of satisfied lot owners.

Forest Lake officials also offered prayers for their communities and those who are watching, to assure them of the company’s sympathies and being one with them in remembering their loved ones.

However, the event was not just somber but cheerful as well, especially for existing Forest Lake low owners, who got the chance to win a Forest Lake Memorial Park lot during the raffle, while those who watched via Facebook Live on Forest Lake’s Facebook page won cash prizes.

Forest Lake Biñan offers Libre Burol and Crematory Services

Since its first opening in Biñan, Laguna in October 2015, Forest Lake Memorial Chapels has been offering Filipinos a full range of funeral services from body retrieval to chapel viewing. At present, all Forest Lake Biñan lot owners are entitled to “Libre Burol” or free 45,000 pesos worth of funeral services for their loved ones. Forest Lake personalizes memorial packages that suit budgets and cater to the needs of the bereaved family and loved ones.

Starting this November 2021, Crematory services will be available in Forest Lake Biñan and by December of this year in Forest Lake Iloilo as well, jumpstarting nationwide availability across Forest Lake’s different branches in the near future.

These services and free online festivals such as Music and Memories are the fulfillment of Forest Lake’s vision to be a complete memorial care service provider in the Philippines where generations of family memories are treasured, immortalized, and celebrated by the living.

To avail of Forest Lake’s Crematory Services in Biñan, Laguna, call 0918-824-2735 / 0917-888-9955 or message Forest Lake on Facebook @ForestLakeMemorialChapels. For Iloilo, call 0998-5396589 / 0917 563 8228. For more information, visit

For 24 years, Forest Lake has been providing efficiently-designed and family-friendly memorial parks in the Philippines, spanning Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Their signature personalized service and nature-themed parks boasting wide-open spaces with vast manicured lawns conducive to leisure and relaxation have established Forest Lake as one of the Philippines’ leading and preferred memorial parks where family memories are celebrated by the living. As the largest memorial care brand in the Philippines with over 30 memorial parks nationwide, the company aims to be A Better Place where the memories of our loved ones are celebrated and immortalized while consistently expanding the business to serve more Filipinos. Click here to find a Forest Lake park near you.

Forest Lake Memorial Parks is headquartered on the third floor of Alexcy One Building, 51 President’s Avenue, 1718, Parañaque City. For more information, email or visit You can also like and follow Forest Lake on Facebook @ForestLakeMemorialParks and Instagram @forestlakememorialparks.

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Source: Manila Bulletin (