Peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day in Mandaue

THE observance of All Saints’ Day in Mandaue City has so far been peaceful and orderly despite the over 7,000 people who visited various cemeteries in the city as of Tuesday afternoon, November 1, 2022.

Police Major Manuel Cabanlit, deputy for operations of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), told reporters that they have not received any crime-related incidents.

Cabanlit said one of the factors that may have contributed to the peaceful observance of the All Saints’ Day was they were able to disseminate the "Dos and Don’ts" that people have to follow when visiting the cemeteries.

The guidelines were distributed two weeks before the event through the help of the City Government and barangay officials, he said.

Cabanlit also said that vendors were given designated places where they could sell their goods to avoid overcrowding.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the MCPO estimated around 7,130 people who went to eight of Mandaue’s cemeteries: St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Grosmar Memorial Garden, Manpark Cemetery, A.S. Fortuna Cemetery, Pagsabungan Cemetery, Eversley Cemetery, Manila Memorial Park Mandaue, and Mandaue City Municipal Cemetery.

Cabanlit said the crowd might grow more by Tuesday night, as most people opt to visit cemeteries later in the day to avoid exposing themselves to extreme heat.

Contraband

Some police personnel in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery confiscated a few contrabands, such as thumbtacks, cards, and scissors.

MCPO City Director Jeffrey Caballes earlier said that sharp objects, liquor, gambling materials, and loud sound systems are not allowed inside cemeteries.

The confiscation of some contraband on Tuesday, though, has just been considered minor cases.

Vendors’ sales

Meanwhile, for some vendors of flowers and candles, the reopening of cemeteries gave them hope that they might be able to bounce back after two years of having less or no income due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lady Caballes, 26, a flower and candle vendor, said her profit is quite low, having only around P2,000 for half-day selling. She is hopeful, though, that her income will increase by Tuesday afternoon.

"Sometime around this year, before Covid (Covid-19), I can already earn around P10,000 to P11,000 by the end of the day. Now, I am not quite sure about that. I would be grateful if I could reach at least P5,000 for my family," said Caballes.

Two other vendors -- Maebel Abella and her daughter Emelda -- have the same experience. But both were glad that they were able to sell again.

"Last year, the cemeteries were closed. It was hard staying home with no income," said Maebel.

Cabanlit reminded the public to follow the rules and avoid bringing banned materials to avoid inconvenience. (HIC)