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Cemetery Tour Featuring The Slums Of Manila
Cemeteries serve as the final resting place for our dead loved ones. However, in the Philippines, the sanctuary for the dead also becomes a sanctuary for the living. Particularly in Tondo, the cemetery has become an unofficial community where locals have considered the place a source of livelihood and their residence.
BORN THIS WAY. A child who considers the cemetery home hopes for a better future. (Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales via National Geographic Official Website)
If you're in for a unique and educational tour, Smokey Tours offers a cemetery tour in Manila. The tour's main goal is to bring opportunities to people living in impoverished areas by arranging eye-opening tours in the slums of Manila. Cemetery tour is one of five tours that Smokey Tours offer.
RESTING PLACE . The final resting place of the dead serves as a resting place for home essentials. (Screenshot photo of Cemetery Tour via Smokey Tours Official Website)
The cemetery tour of Smokey Tours will give people a chance to walk into the lives of those who consider Manila North Cemetery their home. During the walk, tourists will find tattered houses using scraps that residents used to build their houses. The occupants have made walls out of tombs and houses of mausoleums.
The first highlight of this tour is to visit “Dangwa," the largest flower market in Manila which is near the cemetery. The second is a day trip on the Jewish Cemetery with a discussion on how the Jews took refuge in the Philippines during the time of the Holocaust.
The tour also teaches interesting Filipino superstition during burials and on All Saints Day. For example, Filipinos believe that on the day of the burial, the coffin should not hit the door or anything while being lifted outside the house so that the deceased one would not suffer in the after-life. The last highlight would be meeting the residents of the cemetery, allowing tourists to engage with the community.
MUSEUM OF THE DEAD. Tourists walking in the depths of the reality in the Philippines. (Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales via National Geographic Official Website)
Regular tours can accommodate at most six people and will cost around Php 1,300 to P2,900. Private tours, on the other hand, range from Php 3,900 to Php 8,500. For reservations, visit Smokey Tours. Proceeds of the tours are given to the community of the Bataan Shipping and Engineering Company Compound or BASECO.