Remembering the dead differently in the pandemic

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/02/2021

(Part 2 of 2 part series) CEBU CITY, Philippines — The pandemic has changed many of the social traditions of Filipinos during the Kalag-kalag season as public gatherings have been prohibited on many levels including in the…

Why All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are celebrated

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/01/2021

(Part 1 of 2 part series) CEBU CITY, Philippines — Different colored flowers, dripping candle wax on cement tombstones, and thousands of people shoulder-to-shoulder in the otherwise empty graveyards. This used to be the scenery of a…

FACES OF CEBU: Roy Liloan and Teodorico Bilao, gravediggers

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 10/31/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Roy and Rico are the names one will hear often being recommended to clients who seek services of gravediggers. Both are gravediggers, or locally called “sepultureros,” of the Carreta Cathedral Cemetery located along…

Only vaccinated individuals allowed to visit Moalboal cemeteries from Oct 31 to Nov. 2

Mae Fhel Gom-os 10/21/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – The Municipality of Moalboal in southern Cebu will open its cemeteries in an extended observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, the local…

Cemeteries closed on Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 for Undas 2021

Daphne Galvez 10/20/2021

MANILA, Philippines — All cemeteries in the country will be closed from October 29 to November 2, 2021, to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission during “Undas,” (All Souls’ Day) Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Wednesday. In…

Capitol gives LGUs freehand in drafting Kalag-Kalag guidelines

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/19/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Tuesday, October 19 announced that it will be up to the local governments to decide how the Kalag-Kalag will be observed in their respective localities. “I will not…

No minors allowed to visit Cebu City cemeteries — CCPO exec

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 10/19/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Minors below 18 years are not allowed inside Cebu City cemeteries during the city’s observance of Kalag-Kalag 2021, which officially started on Monday, October 18. Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for…

Archdiocese of Cebu proposes restrictions for Kalag-kalag in Cebu City

Dyrecka Letigio 10/12/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Archdiocese of Cebu has officially presented their recommendations for the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day also known as Kalag-kalag on November 1 and 2. In a written recommendation…

Rama wants to open cemeteries on Nov. 1 and 2

Dyrecka Letigio 09/29/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama wants cemeteries to be opened on November 1 and 2, 2021, so people can celebrate the Kalag-kalag this year. Last year, all cemeteries were closed from October…

‘Lighted candles should be put out after praying’

Mary Rose Sagarino 10/24/2020

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Fire Station (MCFS) is reminding residents, who will pray and light candles for their loved ones from their homes this All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day celebrations to extinguish all…

Cemeteries in Lapu-Lapu closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

Futch Anthony Inso 10/06/2020

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Cemeteries in Lapu-Lapu City will be closed during the All Souls and All Saints Days or from October 29 to November 4, 2020. This developed after Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan issued…

Regulations for visiting cemeteries in Cebu City starting Sept. 26

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 09/25/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City will still be upholding strict regulatory measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during the allowable period for cemetery visits. According to Executive Order No. 92-A, the closure…

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