IN PHOTOS: Undas at the Manila North Cemetery

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An estimated 250,000 visitors flocked to the Manila North Cemetery on All Saints’ Day. Photo by JL JAVIER

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, Nov. 2. 2022) — Close to 250,000 people visited their loved ones at the Manila North Cemetery last Nov. 1 during a relatively peaceful All Saints’ Day observation. According to a CNN Philippines report, the crowds at the cemetery — one of the biggest and oldest cemeteries in Metro Manila — swelled during lunch time when the rain stopped.

This is the first year since the pandemic began that the cemeteries are open to the public during Undas, compared to the previous years where families were encouraged to visit cemeteries, columbariums, and memorial parks before they were closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

Below are scenes from Manila North Cemetery during Undas this year.

Many flower and candle vendors occupied the sidewalks near the cemetery’s main entrance. Photo by JL JAVIER

Small shuttles were available to visitors who needed a ride around the cemetery, which remains closed to outside vehicles. Photo by JL JAVIER

Visitors light candles and stop for a prayer before the Sacred Heart Monument at the cemetery rotunda. Photo by JL JAVIER

A man in costume sits up from his cart (made to look like a coffin) in what looks like a belated Halloween stint. Photo by JL JAVIER

Visitors lock up their mausoleums and tombs for the night. Photo by JL JAVIER

Portable toilets around the premises were labeled for three categories: “Babae,” “Lalaki,” and “LGBT.” Photo by JL JAVIER

Some bigger groups set up chairs and tables to spend a few hours by their loved ones' graves. Photo by JL JAVIER

A family holds a novena before their mausoleum. Photo by JL JAVIER

While some structures were marked with only lit candles, others had light fixtures that were left on for the night. Photo by JL JAVIER

A man and two children tidy up at one of the tombs at the end of the day. Photo by JL JAVIER

Visitors idle by a tomb. Photo by JL JAVIER

The Manila North Cemetery remains open for All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2. Photo by JL JAVIER