Visitors to the Manila North Cemetery on Wednesday were reminded not to bring banned items as these will be confiscated at the gate.
These include bladed materials, cigarettes, vapes, flammable materials, perfumes, gambling materials, drones, and even pets, according to a report by Jonathan Andal on GMA News’ Unang Balita.
Security remained tight at the cemetery two days before it temporarily closes for All Saints Day (Undas).
The Manila North Cemetery gates open at 8 a.m., but many have already arrived early on Wednesday, so authorities allowed them to go in by 6 a.m.
Minors and senior citizens are not allowed to enter.
For those who cannot take long-distance walks, they may avail of free rides on e-trikes. The Manila North Cemetery is open until 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, fewer flowers were available for sale outside Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on Wednesday compared to the past Undas season.
Limited flower sets and arrangements can be purchased starting at P300, according to a report by Bam Alegre on Unang Balita.
Police said they are anticipating more visitors to arrive before cemeteries and columbaria nationwide are closed starting October 29.
Meanwhile, Himlayang Pilipino in Quezon City said it is offering a “virtual dalaw service” to assist those who could not physically visit the cemetery, according to a report by Allan Gatus on Dobol B TV.
The cemetery has packages to help relatives pay their respects to their departed loved ones this coming Undas.
One package for P300 consists of flowers and candles.
Tomb blessings or prayers and cleaning may go for as low as P150.
All private and public cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaria nationwide will be closed from October 29 to November 2 to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 during the Undas season, Malacanang said. –Sherylin Untalan/KG, GMA News