Thousands visit Manila South Cemetery on All Souls’ Day
Thousands of people flocked to the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City on Friday to visit departed loved ones in observance of All Souls’ Day.
As of 10 a.m., the Manila Police District recorded a total of 11,954 cemetery visitors.
Police said they expect fewer visitors on Friday as the annual visitor average for “Undas,” which is between 400,000 to 500,000 individuals, was already reached.
“Siguro mas mababa na ‘yung number of visitors ngayon kaysa kahapon. Kasi kahapon naitala yung 500,000 to 600,000 na visitors,” MPD Chief of Operations Supt. Arnel Viloria told INQUIRER.net
Viloria said he expects that the number of visitors to the cemetery will not reach 100,000 on Friday as the MPD has already recorded a total of 700,526 visitors since Oct. 31.
For the last day of “Undas,” the MPD still maintained its strict inspection of items being brought inside the Manila South Cemetery.
On Friday, authorities have confiscated three bladed weapons, three flammable materials and three other items from visitors.
Prohibited items inside the cemetery include bladed weapons, flammable materials, liquor, firearms, illegal drugs, gambling materials and gardening tools, among others. /muf
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