Mortician Frank Malabed is Philippines' embalmer to the famous

Mortician Franck Malabed with the make-up he uses when touching up the dead. Photo: AFP

When dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a host of other famous Philippine figures met their maker, they also met Frank Malabed.

Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 3:58am

Chinese help to embalm body of Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk

A monk prays as he grieves for Norodom Sihanouk. Photo: AFP

Cambodia has begun preparations to embalm former king Norodom Sihanouk, who will lie in state at the Royal Palace for three months ahead of a lavish funeral, a royal aide said.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

TV report on tainted clothes sparks fear

A finding of cancer-causing chemicals on children's clothes sparked public fear yesterday, after a report aired on national state broadcaster China Central Television.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

It was the tragic death of her brother that motivated Wong Wai-yee to give up her job as a wedding make-up artist and start tending to the dead. Ms Wong entered the undertaking business in 2006 with her younger sister. She is an embalmer who paints faces and cleans the bodies of the deceased.

9 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Rediscovering life through death

If it wasn't for the Oscar hype, most of us probably wouldn't have heard of the Japanese movie Departures. It is a rare cinematic gem that, despite its predictable plot, is bound to make you laugh, shed tears and reflect on the meaning of death.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Autopsy rejects car accident in teacher's death

An autopsy conducted two years after the death of an American teacher in Guangzhou shows that he died of a blow to his head and not from a traffic accident as police alleged.

Darren Russell's mother, Maxine Russell, had his body exhumed in March and examined by David Posey, a California pathologist.

11 May 2007 - 12:00am

channel hop

Be prepared for some macabre scenes in Riddles of the Dead - Modern Frankenstein (National Geographic Channel at midnight on Wednesday). If dead bodies are not your thing, be warned: this is graphic TV.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Warning as families of dead veto autopsies

FAMILIES of the seven victims agreed to allow the bodies to be embalmed, but have refused to wait for autopsies in Manila.

There is concern their decision could complicate compensation claims.

17 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Why every body is dead gorgeous

Chan May-ling, 63, has been a mortician for more than 20 years. Originally a nurse, she took up the profession when a mortician friend asked her to take her place for a week so she could take a holiday.

A devout Catholic, Ms Chan embalms and applies make-up to about 7,000 bodies a year. She is married, with three grown-up children, and lives in Taikoo Shing.

18 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Dying beyond one's means takes its toll

When Oscar Wilde cynically quipped he was 'dying beyond his means', he might have prophetically been referring to the trend experienced in present-day Sri Lanka.

Millions of people in this island nation are facing not only the soaring cost of living but also the high cost of dying - funeral costs.

16 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

My Last

THE spines of the stout black ringbinders sitting on the shelves of Bobby Leung's office make sobering reading: Import Of Human Remains - Bones intones one in large block capitals, Export Of Cremated Ashes declares another joylessly.

26 Nov 1995 - 12:00am