All Saints’ Day scenes at the Manila South Cemetery

Many Filipinos are in cemeteries today, All Saints’ Day, to pay homage to their departed loved ones.


Left: “Apartment-style” tombs

Right: Balloons, food, birds, toys and many others are sold by enterprising Filipinos inside the Manila South Cemetery

The tomb of former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino

The sixth President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino, is the most prominent personality buried in the Manila South Cemetery.

His tomb is quite easy to find because it’s at the center of the roundabout at the center of the cemetery.

Quirino served as President of the Philippines from 1948 to 1953. He died in 1956.

The world of the living and the world of the dead: the Makati skyline and Manila South Cemetery tombs

Police said the number of people inside the cemetery had reached about 15,000 as of 11 in the morning

The main entrance, at the corner of South Avenue and Pablo Ocampo Senior Extension (formerly known as Vito Cruz Extension)

The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia


4 thoughts on “All Saints’ Day scenes at the Manila South Cemetery

      • Yeah, I’m serious.

        The Philippines does have legal separation (though this option does not allow one person to re-marry) and annulment (which some say is anti-poor, because only people who have money can go through this costly legal process).

        As the Philippines is a developing country, many women don’t have work and can’t afford to leave their husbands, who are usually the breadwinners and pay for the kids’ food, education, etc.

        Thus, when abuse happens, they just suffer in silence.

        The reason given why there’s no divorce in the Philippines is “What God put together, let no man put asunder.”

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