posted on Apr, 13 2016 @ 05:27 PM
Located in a northern suburb of Manila is one of the most unique and grandiose cemeteries in the world. The Cementerio ng mga Instik (Chinese
Cemetery) occupies about 5.4 hectares (a bit of 13 acres) of a three part complex that also includes the Campo Santo de La Loma (La Loma Cemetery) and
Cementerio del Norte (North Cemetery).
Opened in 1879 through the efforts of the prominent Chinese-Filipino businessman and leader,
Don Carlos Palanca
(aka Tan Quien Sien), the cemetery was
established for the burial of non-Catholic Chinese, forbidden burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial era. In later years, many
Catholic Chinese and mestizos were interred in the cemetery.
Much like a small city, the cemetery has "neighborhoods" for members from the various socioeconomic strata. There are streets with tall walls of
filled with cubbyholes and shelves for the cremains of the poor and sections for the lower middle class with small above ground crypts similar to
those of many cemeteries in the West in areas where high water tables and frequent flooding preclude interment in the ground. However, it's the
mausoleums of the upper classes lining the two lane main boulevard — from rows of town home style tombs to extravagant villas — that make this
cemetery world renowned.
Many of them are not only furnished but have all the amenities of the average home: hot and cold running water, flushing toilets, electricity,
kitchens, dining areas and even guest rooms. The most luxurious often have ornate gardens and balconies. It's customary on Sundays and particularly on
All Saints Day for families to spend time in these mausoleum homes; preparing meals, feasting, drinking and playing mahjong (leaving an empty chair
for the deceased).
Now for the pictures! Starting with the more modest:
edit on 2016-4-13 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)