Marikina City Prepares for All Saints' Day

PIO Department


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The City Government of Marikina is preparing for the celebration of All Saints' Day on November 1, the day when Filipinos pay respect to their departed loved ones.

The department heads of the City Hall, the Philippine National Police and other concerned agencies in Marikina met yesterday at the City Hall to discuss traffic rerouting, cleaning of cemeteries and other issues concerning All Saints' Day or “Undas” in Filipino.

In planning the traffic rerouting, the City Hall will be paying particular attention on areas surrounding the cemeteries in Marikina namely Barangka Cemetery, Loyola Memorial Park, Our Lady of the Abandoned Cemetery, Aglipay Cemetery and Holy Child Cemetery. Details of the traffic rerouting will be announced later on.

In preparation for “Undas,” the Parks and Development Office of Marikina has started cleaning and clearing up cemeteries. Yesterday, they were at the Barangka Cemetery.

“Tinatabas ng mga kawani ng Parks Development Office ang mga baging at plant overgrowth sa Barangka Cemetery,” the Marikina Public Information Office (PIO) said in a Facebook post.

“Ginagawa ito ng Pamahalaang Lungsod upang maging maaliwalas ang paligid at maging komportable ang lalakaran ng mga nagnanais na dumalaw sa mga namayapa nilang mahal sa buhay sa nabanggit na pampublikong himlayan sa Marikina,” the PIO added.

The All Saints' Day, a public holiday, is a celebration of Christian saints and is a day for remembering the Filipinos’ departed family members, relatives and friends by visiting their graves and bringing along flowers, candles and food. Prayers and holy masses are also held in remembrance of the departed loved ones.

All Saints' Day is also a day for reunions as family members who are living away usually go home to celebrate the occasion.  

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