Mass burial held for bones, skulls scattered inside Manila North Cemetery

Maris Federez   •   August 14, 2019   •   418

Around 200 pieces of skull and bones scattered inside the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) had been gathered and given proper burial on Tuesday (August 13).

MNC Director Yayay Castañeda said the pieces of bones and skulls were scattered around the cemetery – along the apartment-type crypts, unmarked graves and on the roof of structures.

Castañeda said this is their way of paying respect and giving dignity to the recovered remains of those departed.

The mass burial was done after Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan said in a memorandum that they have no way of identifying the collected bones and skulls.

The mass grave is located at the Main Circle of the Manila North Cemetery. /mbmf

Congestion in Manila North Cemetery: a problem that can still be addressed — LGU

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2019

A crowd of Filipinos holding umbrellas troop to a cemetery during a downpour to pray at the grave sites of departed loved ones in Manila, Philippines, 01 November 2017. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Manila has launched the clearing of the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) that had been congested by shanties that have sprouted like mushrooms in the area over the years.

MNC officer-in-charge Elmer Quintos said this is part of the widespread clearing operations of the Manila City Hall in the said cemetery.

He said having the said cemetery decongested is not a far-fetched idea.

“Para lumitaw yung daanan niya. Kasi yung iba mga right of way na, naibebenta. Kaya kapag dumadalaw ang iba rito halos wala silang madaanan. Talagang tutungtong ka na mismo sa nitso,” Quintos said.

[So that you can see the pathway. In some cases, even rights of way are being sold. That is why when people go to the cemetery they do not know where to pass. There’s no other way but to step on tombs.]

He added that there is still enough burial space inside the MNC and there is no need for a new site for public cemetery in Manila, especially now that more families are opting for cremation that would only entail small space in columbaries. (details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

New human species found in Philippine cave

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2019

Callao cave in the Philippines

New species of ancient humans were found in Callao cave in the Philippines.

The discovery was announced on the website of the multidisciplinary science journal, Nature on Wednesday (April 10). The new species called Homo luzonensis, was reported to have lived in Luzon at least 50,000 to 67,000 years ago.

It provided the earliest direct evidence of human presence in the Philippines, according to the study.

The Homo luzonensis was identified through examination of a thigh bone, seven teeth, two foot bones and two hand bones.

With the new discovery, Luzon becomes the third Southeast Asian island in the last 15 years that bears the signs of unexpectedly ancient human activity.—Aileen Cerrudo

Albayalde inspects bus terminal, cemeteries ahead of Undas

Marje Pelayo   •   October 31, 2018



PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde inspects a bus in line with Undas 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Police Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde inspected the Araneta bus terminal and the Manila North Cemetery— the largest cemetery in the country— on Wednesday (October 31).

Albayalde wanted to ensure the safety of passengers bound for the provinces this Undas.

The PNP Chief said he is satisfied with the security measures laid by his men.

He also observed that the passengers have learned their lessons as only a few individuals were caught in possession of illegal items.

Authorities recovered only light items like fork, kitchen knife, needle and thread, and other pointed objects.

One traveler however, was questioned for having bullets of M16 rifle in his possession.

“As of this time wala tayong na report nationwide na any untoward incident except dito lang na may nakuhang mangilan ngilan na bala kaninang umaga …. nasa station siya at he is being investigated at tinitingnan nagin kung totoo ang kanyang alibi na napulot niya lang yun,” Albayalde said.

He checked on provincial buses and reminded drivers to observe safe driving while he advised travelers to secure their houses before leaving.

Also, the PNP Chief visited the Manila North cemetery where 500 cops are strategically stationed.

“So far wala tayong nakuhang threat whatsoever although sabi ko nga with or without threat ay kailangang bantayan ang ating mga kababayan,” Albayalde said.

He also reminded the public of the liquor ban being implemented inside the facility. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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