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Undas 2023: Cemetery schedules, guidelines in Metro Manila

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Undas 2023: Cemetery schedules, guidelines in Metro Manila

UNDAS. Cemetery workers from the local government clear, prepare the pathways and side streets while relatives do their last minute painting and cleaning of tombs at the Navotas Public Cemetery.

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Here are the things you should know when you observe Undas in Metro Manila on November 1

MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of All Saints’ Day on Wednesday November 1, local governments in Metro Manila issued advisories to ensure public order and the safety of Filipinos who are expected to flock to cemeteries to observe the annual event.

Here are the things you should know when you pay your respects to your departed loved ones in Metro Manila this Undas.

Caloocan City 

The cemetery in Caloocan will be open from 8 am to 12 am from October 31 to November 1. On November 2, the operating hours are from 8 am to 12 pm.

Interment operations are suspended from October 31 to November 1. The city will also strictly implement a “one entrance, one exit” policy.

The Caloocan City government prohibits the following inside the cemetery:

  • Any type of vehicles 
  • Any sharp objects (knife, cutter, etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Deck cards, bingo cards, or any kind of gambling paraphernalia
  • Any sound system that will cause loud sounds
Manila

From October 30 to November 2, the main gates of the Manila North Cemetery and South Cemetery will be open from 5 am to 5 pm.

Vehicles can enter the Manila North Cemetery only until October 25, and Manila South Cemetery until October 28.

Interment operations are temporarily suspended starting October 28 and will resume on November 3.

The operations of both Manila cemeteries will resume on November 3.

The following are prohibited at the cemeteries from October 29 to November 2:

  • Vendors
  • Any type of vehicles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Deck cards, bingo cards, or any kind of gambling paraphernalia
  • Flammable materials
  • Firearms and any sharp objects (knife, cutter, etc.)
  • Videoke or any sound system that will cause loud sounds
Makati City

Makati City implemented the following traffic schemes from October 31 to November 2: 

Road closure

  • Kalayaan Avenue from Zapote Street to N. Garcia Street 
  • South Avenue from JP Rizal Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue 
  • Vito Cruz Avenue extension from South Avenue to Zapote Street 
  • Pililla Street from Kalayaan Avenue to Baler Street

Reroute

  • JP Rizal Avenue from Makati Ave. to Pasong Tirad Street – converted into a two-way traffic flow
  • Zapote Street from J.P. Rizal Ave. to Metropolitan Avenue  – converted into a two-way traffic flow
  • Vito Cruz Avenue Exit from Pasong Tamo Avenue to Zapote Street –  converted into a one-way eastward or towards
  • Metropolitan Avenue from South Avenue to N. Garcia Street – converted into a one-way traffic flow direction

Public utility drop-off and pick-up points

  • Along Kalayaan Avenue between Kakarong Street and South Avenue
  • Along Metropolitan Avenue between South Avenue and Ecoville Street (Meralco)
  • Along Zapote Street near the corner of Vito Cruz Extension (Westside curb).
  • Along J.P. Rizal Avenue close to the corner of South Avenue and J.P. Rizal Avenue

Designated parking areas

  • Kalayaan Avenue 1 portion from N. Garcia Street to Pililla Street (Northside curb)
  • Kalayaan Avenue 2 portion from N. Garcia Street to F. Zobel Street (Northside curb)
  • Candelaria Street from N. Garcia Street to Pililla Street (Southside curb)
  • Metropolitan Avenue portion from South Avenue to SM Jazz Mall access road or Jupiter Street (Northside curb)
  • Ecoville Road / Meralco Frontage (Westside curb beside the Tricycle terminal)

Other possible parking areas

  • Baler Street and Milagros Street from N. Garcia Street to Pililla Street (access to these parking areas shall be at N. Garcia Street and Pililla Street.)
  • M. Unidos Street and Visita Street from Yague Street to Vito Cruz Extension (access to these parking areas shall be at Zapote Street and Kakarong Street.)
  • Panama Street and Suez Street from Zapote Street to Kakarong Street (access to these parking areas shall be at Zapote Street and Kakarong Street.)
Marikina City

To manage the traffic at the Loyola Memorial Park, one of the largest cemeteries in Marikina, the city government will implement a one-way traffic scheme on the stretch of A. Bonifacio Avenue from Barangka Fly-Over until Marikina Bridge from 12 pm on October 31, to 12 am on November 2. 

The city government reminded the public that the following are prohibited in cemeteries:

  • Climbing or stepping on top of tombs
  • Carrying sharp and injury-causing objects
  • Entering while intoxicated and drinking alcohol or any intoxicating beverage
  • Being naked
  • Urinating in inappropriate places
  • Littering
  • Making noise that may cause disturbance to others
  • Spitting
  • Parking vehicles in prohibited areas
  • Using plastic and Styrofoam products
Muntinlupa City

In Muntinlupa City, cleaning, painting, and renovation of tombs are allowed until October 28.

From October 31 to November 1, the Muntinlupa Public Cemetery will be open from 6 am to 6 pm.

Interment operations are suspended from October 31 to November 2, and will only be allowed on a case-to-case basis, the Muntinlupa government said.

The city government also reminded the public that the following are prohibited in the cemeteries:

  • Gambling
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Flammable materials
  • Firearms and any sharp objects (knife, cutter, etc.)
  • Smoking or use of vape
  • Videoke or any sound system that will cause loud sounds.
  • Staying overnight in the cemetery
  • Parking of any type of vehicle (only applies to Muntinlupa Public Cemetery)

In case of an emergency, the public may reach the Muntinlupa City through its hotlines:

  • 137-175
  • Landline: 8373 51 65
  • Smart: 0921 542 7123
  • Globe: 0927 257 9322
Navotas City

The Navotas City government announced that the Governor Pascual Street (Bacog from A. Santiago St.) will be closed from 12 pm on October 31, until 12 am on November 2. Those entering or leaving Navotas are advised to take M. Naval Streed going to C4 Road.

Cleaning of tombs is only allowed until October 30.

The following items and activities are strictly prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sharp objects (knives, scissors, etc.)
  • Gambling
  • Loud objects (sound systems, speakers, etc.)
Parañaque

Here is the schedule of cemeteries in Parañaque City: 

Manila Memorial Park

  • October 29 to 30 – 6 am to 6 pm
  • October 31 to November 1 – 24 hours
  • November 2 – 6 am to 6 pm

Loyola Memorial Park

  • October 29 to October 30 – 6 am to 10 pm
  • October 31 to November 1 – 24 hours
  • November 2 – 6 am to 10 pm

Himlayang Palanyag

  • October 29 to October 30 – 6 am to 5 pm
  • October 31 to November 2 – 24 hours

Parañaque Catholic Cemetery

  • October 29 to November 2 – 6 am to 6 pm

Interment operations and cremation are suspended from October 31 to November 1. 

Pasay City

Pasay City Cemetery is open from October 29 to November 2, from 6 am until 12 am.

Residents of the city’s District 1 are advised to visit in the morning, while District 2 residents are advised to go to in the afternoon. 

Interment operations and cremation are suspended from October 31 to November 2. 

In case of emergency, the public may contact the following: 

  • Pasay Police – 8709-0791, 0945-5132782
  • Pasay DRRMO – 8551-7777, 8833-8512, 0905493911
Pasig City

Below are the operating hours of cemeteries around Pasig City from October 31 to November 2: 

Evergreen Cemetery 

  • October 31 – 6 am (open 24 hours)
  • November 1 – 24 hours
  • November 2 – 6 am to 6 pm

Pasig Catholic Cemetery 

  • October 31 – 6 am to 10 pm
  • November 1 – 6 am (open 24 hours)
  • November 2 – 6 am to 8 pm

Santolan Catholic Cemetery 

  • October 31 – 6 am to 10 pm
  • November 1 – 6 am (open 24 hours)
  • November 2 – 6 am to 8 pm

Sta. Clara Mortuary 

  • October 31 – 6 am to 7 pm
  • November 1 – 6 am to 10 pm 
  • November 2 – 6 am to 7 pm

Pasig City Cemetery (Barracks)

  • October 31 – 6 am (open 24 hours)
  • November 1 – 6 am (open 24 hours)
  • November 2 – 6 am to 10 pm

Pasig City Cemetery Office (Barracks)

  • October 31 to November 2 – 8 am to 8 pm

The Pasig City government will implement a one-way traffic scheme on C. Raymundo Avenue from E. Angeles Street to Mercedes Avenue starting at 2 pm on October 31 until November 1. 

The following are prohibited in cemeteries:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Firearms and any sharp objects (knife, cutter, etc.)
  • Gambling 
  • Any sound system that will cause loud sounds
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San Juan City

San Juan Cemetery will be open from October 28 to November 2, from 6 am to 12 pm.

The city government implemented the following re-routing scheme near San Juan City Cemetery from October 28 to November 3: 

Quezon City

In Quezon City, public cemeteries and columbaria, as well as interment operations are suspended from October 31 to November 2.

The public is allowed to clean, paint, and fix the tombs and graves of their loved ones until 5 pm on October 30.

Here’s the schedule of the public cemeteries in Quezon City:

  • Bagbag Cemetery – 6 am to 9 pm
  • Novaliches Cemetery – 6 am to 9 pm
  • Baesa Columbarium – closed (except for scheduled cremation)

Vendors and other miro-enterprises are allowed to operate outside the cemetery, the Quezon City government said. They, however, must adhere to the guidelines of the Quezon City Market Development and Administration Department.

Those who have COVID-19 symptoms are advised to postpone their visit to the cemetery.

Taguig City

Taguig released the operating hours of the following cemeteries around the city:

Taguig Public Cemetery

  • October 27 to 31 – 5 am to 8 pm
  • November 1 – 5 am to 2 am
  • November 2 to 4 – 5 am to 8 pm

Bagumbayan Catholic Cemetery, Imam Moh Kusin Memorial Park, and Aglipay Cemetery

  • October 29 to November 2 – 6 am to 10 pm

Hagonoy Catholic Cemetery

  • October 27 to November 1 – 5 am to 6 pm
  • November 2 to 4 – 8 am to 5 pm

Tuktukan Cemetery

  • October 30 – 6 am to 6 pm
  • October 31 – 6 am to 10 pm
  • November 1 – 6 am to 12 am
  • November 2 – 6 am to 6 pm

Tipas Roman Catholic Cemetery

  • October 30 – 6 am to 6 pm
  • October 31 – 6 am to 10 pm
  • November 1 – 6 am to 2 am
  • November 2 – 6 am to 10 pm

Libingan ng mga Bayani

  • October 27 to 30 – 6 am to 6 pm
  • October 31 to November 2 – 6 am to 8 pm
  • November 3 to 4 – 6 am to 6 pm

Heritage Park

  • October 30 – 7 am to 8 pm
  • October 31 to November 1 – 5 am to 10 pm
  • November 2 – 5 am to 8 pm

Garden of Memories Memorial Park and Chapels

  • October 27 to 30 – 6 am to 6 pm
  • October 31 – 6 am to 10 pm
  • November 1 – 5 am to 12 am
  • November 2 to 4 – 6 am to 6 pm

The following are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Smoking or use of vape
  • Firearms and any sharp objects (knife, cutter, etc.)
  • Toxic and flammable materials
  • Videoke or any sound system that will cause loud sounds.
  • Staying overnight in the cemetery
  • Parking of any type of vehicle (applies only to Muntinlupa Public Cemetery)

In case of emergencies, the public may reach out to the following units of the Taguig City government:

  • Command Center – (02) 8789-3200
  • Taguig Rescue – 0919 070 3112
  • Taguig PNP – (02) 8642-3582; 0998-598-7932
  • Taguig BFP – (02) 8837-0740, (02) 8837-4496, 0906-211-0919
Valenzuela City

Valenzuela City implemented a liquor ban in villages that have cemeteries from 5 am, October 31, until 11:59 pm, November 2. 

The following are prohibited in cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria:

  • Videoke or any sound system that will cause loud sounds
  • Gambling
  • Any sharp objects and flammable materials
  • Flying of drone

Below are the traffic re-routing schemes in various cemeteries in Valenzuela City. 

This page will be updated when other Manila local governments release advisories.

– Rappler.com

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