Thousands visit Manila South Cemetery weeks before All Souls’ Day

Around 31,000 people flocked to the Manila South Cemetery to visit their departed loved ones weeks prior to All Souls’ day.

According to Manila South Cemetery spokesperson Raffy Mendez, as of October 14, around 31,000 people already visited the graves of their relatives and friends.

The spokesperson said they are roaming around the cemetery to make sure that safety protocols are being followed.

“May mga anunsyo po kami, may nakalagay po kami sa gate, mag temperature po kayo, mag alcohol po kayo at meron po kayong face mask, face shield pwede po kayo pumasok,” (We have announcements on the gate, have your temperature checked, you should use alcohol, wear your face mask and face shield to be allowed to enter) Mendez said.

“Huwag lang po senior citizen, bata… bawal po,” (Senior citizens and children will not be allowed) he added.

The Manila South Cemetery will be closed on October 29 to November 4. Interment will also not be allowed during the said closure.

Mayor Isko Moreno issued Executive Order No. 38 ordering temporary closure of all cemeteries in the city to avoid mass gatherings during Undas.