THE management of the Manila North Cemetery has issued guidelines in connection with the expected influx of visitors this coming All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Cleaning and repainting jobs will be allowed only up to October 29 and burning of trash inside the cemetery is strictly prohibited.
Burial and entry of vehicles will not be allowed from October 30 to November 2.
On November 1, Gates 2 and 3 on A. Bonifacio Avenue will be opened from 10 a.m. but may be used only by those going out of the cemetery.
The public is likewise advised of the usual prohibitions such as bringing in of firearms, bladed weapons such as knives, screwdrivers and icepicks and flammable materials like lighters, thinner, alcohol and gas. Pets, sound system, gambling parahernalia and intoxicating drinks are also not allowed.
It was learned that a coordination with the Manila Police District (MPD) and volunteer groups is also being done to help maintain peace and order as well as medical services.
The 54-hectare cemetery is said to be the biggest in Metro Manila and houses the remains of prominent figures such as Sergio Osmeña, Manuel Roxas, Ramon Magsaysay, Francis Burton Harrison, Claro Recto, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Pancho Villa, Epifanio de los Santos and Juan Nakpil, among others.
Last year, the number of visitors there during the ‘Undas’ season was about a million.