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“interesting for any chinese visitor to manila”
Review of Chinese Cemetery

Chinese Cemetery
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Ranked #30 of 139 things to do in Manila
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Singapore
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“interesting for any chinese visitor to manila”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

for any oversea Chinese visiting manila, should see the unique culture here.(if u don't mind the taboo). Houses or bungalows built for the pass-away, with tomb in it. Some is so grand, built with marble and stainless steel. It is a rare sight for any countries.

Visited November 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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“Lost Glory”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

The Manila Chinese Cemetery used to be an amazing place and merited a feature episode in Ripley's believe it or not. (see my previous review) Sadly thou, the Manila Chinese Cemetery have started to deteriorate due to neglect and the changing times. Apparently, the management was leasing out tomb space for 25 year periods. And there were quite a number of surviving relatives of the deceased who opted not to renew. Thus you'd see rows of wonderful mausoleum and suddenly have 1 or 2 units that were desecrated with open tombs and informal settlers occupying said unit that has become dirty and unkempt.

Rows and rows/ layers upon layers of tombs that were arranged like amphitheater seats with nice manicured lawns are now full of over grown grass and open tombs.

It is such a sad sight. Hopefully, management would realize what's happening to the once beautiful cemetery and take action to restore it back to its old glory and grandeur.

Visited November 2013
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Manila, Philippines
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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“Eye opener for the foreigner”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Did a great walking tour through the Chinese cemetery. Shows the blend of culture and tradition in the Philippines. Who knew you needed a potty and kitchen in your burial quarters : ) take a tour and find out why!

Visited August 2012
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Manila, Philippines
Level 5 Contributor
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“Wealth in Death”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is where you will notice the rich families burial place as compare to those not so well to do in society

Visited April 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Fascinating view to a sacred ritual”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

The cemetery was full of rich culture and gave a fantastic view to chinese customs in caring for their dead. Definitely rough terrain with mangy dogs roaming around, but if you could look past that, it was an incredible experience. Ensure you go to the right gate - the safest is to use the South entrance which is open every day of the week, the North entrance is only open on Sundays when all the mourners come to visit (and it is incredibly busy). Both entrances are close to LRT stops - LRT was very easy to navigate and gave an interesting view to the city as we passed. We got a guide at the front gate - 800 Pesos for an hour tour. June was great, he gave us some interpretation of the symbols and was helpful in showing us the highlights, but didn't really know much about the people interned there. We did however get a behind the scenes view to the crematorium, which was incredible.

Visited March 2013
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