MANILA, Philippines--Going to the cemetery? Leave those alcoholic drinks and radio at home.
In fact, any form of liquor, sound system, bladed and deadly weapons?even gambling paraphernalia and kites?will be banned at graveyards, an official of Manila?s largest cemetery reminded the public Thursday.
Manila North Cemetery officer in charge Peter Tamondong said policemen, barangay tanods (watchmen) as well as cemetery security officers would be checking people?s bags or frisking them to make sure that none of the prohibited items are brought inside.
?This is not the time to get drunk, this is not the time for gambling, sing-along and flying kites. Let us [observe] the [solemnity] of the occasion,? he said.
At the same time, Tamondong reminded the public that private vehicles would not be allowed inside the cemetery.
A rerouting scheme will also be implemented near the cemetery, according to traffic chief Supt. Rizaldy Yap.
Starting at 9 p.m. Friday until Monday, the following roads will be temporarily closed to traffic: The stretch of Aurora Boulevard from Dimasalang to Rizal Avenue, Blumentritt from A. Bonifacio to P. Guevarra, Dimasalang from Makiling to Blumentritt, Retiro from Dimasalang to Blumentritt Extension, P. Guevarra from Cavite to Pampanga and Leonor Rivera from Cavite to Aurora Boulevard.
All vehicles bound for North Cemetery and coming from Rizal Avenue-Blumentritt should take Cavite, turn right on Leonor Rivera or Isagani, then make a right on Antipolo.
Those coming from Quezon City can turn left on Blumentritt and left on Makiling.
Meanwhile, the streets of Craig, Simon, Felix Huertas, Sulu, Oroquieta and Metrica will be designated as parking areas, Yap said.
Vehicles bound for La Loma and Chinese cemeteries and coming from España should take A. H. Lacson, Tayuman, Blumentritt from Cavite to Aurora Boulevard and turn on Rizal Avenue or Jose Abad Santos.
Vehicles coming from Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, Tondo and Caloocan can take Jose Abad Santos or Rizal Avenue extension.
All vehicles coming from Caloocan and Quezon City going to North Harbor can take C-3 toward Jose Abad Santos or Radial Road. Those going to South Harbor should take D. Tuazon or Mayon Street toward España-A. H. Lacson or Quiapo
Vehicles coming from the north which are bound for North, La Loma and Chinese cemeteries should take Rizal Avenue from Recto.
The Manila health department, meanwhile, will deploy two medical teams with ambulance to both the North and South cemeteries from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Disabled persons or the elderly can avail themselves of wheelchairs for free.
Dr. Marie Lorraine Sanchez, the city health chief, encouraged cemetery goers to be more environment-friendly by bringing their own garbage bag or throwing their waste into trash cans.
At the same time, the Manila Police District urged the public to be wary of criminal elements who might take advantage of the occasion.