PHILIPPINES | SLEEPING BEAUTY PLACE or an ordinary CEMETERY

 

With Catholicism, other burial customs also came to the Philippines.

Today, you will find mostly chaotic-looking public cemeteries or private, well-kept parks in the cities and villages. Without giving a rating, most public cemeteries are challenging for non-Filipinos. Without grave planning and path planning by the administration, burial takes place where there is space. Graves are reopened and left as they are.

The 19-hectare Bolonsori Cemetery in the city of Cagayan de Oro was opened in the early 1980s. Thousands of dead people have been buried here in a criss-cross fashion. Now it has been decided to redesign this cemetery. Unfortunately, this redesign can no longer rectify a major environmental sin. During the 40 years of use, the abundant use of formalin has penetrated the soil and even into the groundwater. It is certainly no different in other cemeteries around the country.

My video footage is from the cemeteries in the municipality of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. I have visited this cemetery several times and was struck by the overgrowth over most of the graves. This is where the title of this video comes from because this cemetery reminds me of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

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VIDEO (5:20) by Philippinen Magazin

 

 

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