The Manila North Cemetery (or Cementerio del Norte formerly known also as “Paang Bundok”), which measures 54 hectares, is considered the biggest and one of the oldest cemeteries in Metro Manila. There are typically anywhere between 70 to 80 funerals a day here. The cemetery is owned by the Manila city government and has initiated an expansion program to build more “apartment tombs” and a crematorium.
Apartment tombs are pretty much what it sounds like. Rent must be paid for the use of the space. If rent is not paid, then the occupant (a corpse) must then be evicted to allow the next occupant to move in.
The cemetery is also notable because of the numerous families living inside the more commodious mausoleums. The video below provides more details.
I have to admit… I have always been fascinated with cemetaries – especially older ones. In the past, I have done a few tombstone rubbings. The photography opportunities in old places, such as this one, are endless. One of my goals is to visit the cemetaries in New Orleans with camera in hand.
One thing I noticed in this video, which is baffling to me, is at 2:15, there is a potato chip bag in the tomb he just opened next to the skull… Huh???? Death from Trans Fat???