The Manila Chinese Cemetery Tour (Part 1)Sunday, December 06, 2009 Mary Anne Velasco
During our 2009 Philippine vacation, my boyfriend, Lo (my boyfriend's bestfriend) and I spent some hours visiting The Manila Chinese Cemetery, the second oldest cemetery in Manila (built in the 1850's). When I told my dad that the Chinese cemetery was one of the places on our list to visit that day, he had a huge question mark on top of his head... "Of all the places, why the cemetery?"
It sounded ridiculous too the first time I heard that Lo was interested to see the place even weeks before our trip to the Philippines. I was just so glad that I agreed to put the "ridiculous" plan into action --- I did not regret it at all.
We had encountered difficulties while locating the cemetery. My uncle who was driving the van that day wasn't familiar about the area, too. According to Google Maps, it is located at Aurora Boulevard, Manila which was like confusing (this boulevard's huge!). However, due to the power of "asking for directions", we arrived to our destination safely.
At the entrance gate, we were asked to pay Php100 which we of course paid without question. However, when a man/guide approached us offering a two-hour tour inside the cemetery for Php600, we were a bit "huh?". We bargained a bit and was offered half of the price for only an hour. We decided to go on our own without the tour guide. We were thinking that we could do it with or without him... and we were right! We just saved a huge Php600 which we spent for dinner that day.
Anyway, The Manila Chinese Cemetery is huge and I should say incredible!
On the photos below are only seven of the many colorful and magnificent mausoleums inside The Manila Chinese Cemetery (scroll down to see more):
Have a nice Sunday everybody!