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Cleaning of tombs at Manila North and South Cemeteries until Oct. 25 only

Honey Lacuna and Yayay Castaneda
Mayor Honey Lacuna with Manila North Cemtery Director Yayay Castaneda.(JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA residents who have loved ones that are interred at the two cemeteries being run by the city government have only until October 25, 2022 to clean or spruce up the tombs or mausoleums of their dearly departed.

This reminder was issued by Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she urged the said residents to heed the advise, since bringing in of tools will no longer be allowed during the observance of ‘Undas.’

Lacuna also said that Manila North Cemetery (MNC) director Yayay Castaneda and South Cemetery head Jonathan Garzo have been directed that interment or burial will be temporarily suspended from October 28 up to November 2 and will resume on November 3.

This, she said, is due to the expected volume of visitors expected during the said dates of suspension, specially at the MNC which is the biggest in the country.

However, the mayor said that cremation will still continue to be allowed but only for COVID cases.

The main gates of the said cemeteries will be open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting October 29 up to November 2.

The lady mayor said that kids aged 12 or younger will not be allowed into the cemeteries.

“Mahigpit na ipagbabawal ang mga bata aged 12 pababa. ‘Wag na po nating dalhin sa ating mga sementeryo dahil una po, karamihan sa sa ating mga kabataan ay hindi pa bakunado kaya delikado pa rin sa kanila, dahil sigurado ako dadagsain po ang mga sementeryo,” Lacuna explained.

She also discouraged those who are unvaccinated or have not completed their doses from going to the cemeteries from October 29 to November 2 when the influx of visitors is expected.

No vehicles of any kind will also be allowed inside the cemeteries, along with all kinds of alcoholic drinks flammable materials, guns, sharp or pointed objects, playing cards, bingo cards or any gambling paraphernalia.

Lacuna also advised the visitors to bring their own food since no vendors will be allowed inside the two cemeteries.

“Bawal din ang videoke or sound system or kahit anon a magdudulot ng ingay dahil pupunta tayo dun sa sementeryo para dualaw at hindi magparty-party,” she stressed.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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