Manila North Cemetery sets rules for ‘Undas’

Published October 24, 2019, 5:12 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Erma Edera

Burials will be temporarily suspended at the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) during the observance of All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, MNC Director Roselle Castañeda said Thursday.

Filipinos make their way to Manila's North Cemetery to pay homage to their departed loved ones in observance of All Saints Day Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 in Manila. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez / MANILA BULLETIN)_
Manila North Cemetery  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez / MANILA BULLETIN)

In particular, burials will not be allowed during a five-day period between October 30 and November 3. Castañeda also reminded the public that the cleaning and repainting of tombs will be only permitted until October 29.

She said they are now prepared for the influx of visitors this year after they completed clearing operations inside the cemetery. They have now begun to demolish structures built on top of tombs which were also being used as means for illegal entry.

The director also warned that persons living inside the cemetery—who have been the subjects of numerous complaints from the visitors—should leave.

Castañeda also bared that the main gate of the cemetery will be used as the entrance during All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, while Gate 2 and Gate 3 of the will be used as exit points.

The MNC will strictly prohibit visitors from bringing firearms and deadly weapons; sharp objects such as knives, screwdrivers, ice picks; pets; sound systems; and flammable materials such as lighters, thinner, alcohol, and gas.

Burning of trash, drinking of alcohol, and gambling are also outlawed within cemetery premises.

MNC is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Metro Manila, covering 54 hectares. It has been the resting place for both the poorest of the poor and the rich and famous, including past presidents, famous actors, and other historic figures.