Cemetery trivia: What now lies above former burial grounds?
MANILA, Philippines – Cemeteries are the final resting place of our deceased loved ones. There they are visited by living relatives, especially on November 1, All Saints' Day, and November 2, All Souls' Day.
But modernization and the growing competition for prized land in urban centers are wiping them out or causing them to disappear as structure after structure is being built over them.
Some old cemeteries have already given way to land developments with new churches and parks, and even to new commercial establishments.
Rappler lists down some sites across the country that used to be hallowed burial grounds.
|Starmall Alabang, formerly called Metropolis Star Alabang, stands on what used to be the Alabang Cemetery. The mall was built in the '90s by Manuela Realty Development Corp, which was established by the grandmother-in-law of Sen Manny Villar.|
|Remedios Circle (or Plaza Plaridel)
|Remedios Circle used to be one of Manila's earliest cemeteries (alongside Paco Cemetery). It was demolished after World War II, and all remains were re-buried in the South Cemetery. The Catholic Church turned over the cemetery to the government in exchange for an access road that led to a new church across the Manila Zoo.|
|Espiritu Santo Parish Church
Santa Cruz, Manila
|The Espiritu Santo Parish Church in Santa Cruz, Manila and its parochial school were built on what used to be cemetery grounds. Few details are available about the cemetery.|
|The old Ermita Cemetery used to occupy an area called the Polvorin de San Antonio Abad. Harrison Plaza, known as Manila's first enclosed modern mall, now occupies the site.|
|Most Holy Trinity Parish Church
|The Balic-Balic Cemetery used to be in the area where the Most Holy Trinity Parish Church in Sampaloc, Manila and its parochial school are. The old cemetery was built in 1884, and was transformed into a parish in 1932 following the closure of the cemetery.|
|Plaza Cristo Rey
|Plaza Cristo Rey, located in front of the parishes of St Peter and St Paul, was the site of the former cemetery of San Pedro Macati (Makati). The area also had tunnels used during World War II.|
|According to the website of Antequera, Bohol, the present day town plaza stands on what used to be a former cemetery. No other details are available.|
|Mimosa Leisure Estate
Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga
|Within the grounds of the Mimosa Leisure Estate in Clark lies what used to be an old cemetery. The remains in the old cemetery were moved to the present American cemetery before development on the site.|
Angeles City, Pampanga
|The former town head donated to the Catholic Church a piece of land where a cemetery known as Campo Santong Matua was constructed. It was known as one of the oldest cemeteries in Angeles City. The Nepomuceno Coliseum has been built on that land.|
Lorega, Cebu City
|In 2012, a 3-story housing condominium for the urban poor was built on what used to be the old Lorega Cemetery. The housing project was constructed by the city government and its partner organizations. People who were once living in the old cemetery were given priority in the distribution of units.|
|Hall of Justice
Cagayan de Oro City
|The Hall of Justice was built over an old public cemetery. The city government moved the remains in the old cemetery to the Bolonsiri Public Cemetery in Barangay Camaman-an just before the construction.|
Sources: curatormuseo.wordpress.com, cdodev.com, manila.coconuts.co, various LGU websites, various news websites
Remedios Circle photo by Adinemb/Wikimedia Commons. Espiritu Santo Parish Church from http://espiritusantoparish.com. Most Holy Trinity from mostholytrinityparish.com. Harrison Plaza from Wikimapia. Mimosa Leisure Estate from mimosaresorts.com
MG Mora is a Rappler intern.
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