Oct 292013

While All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days are just a few days away, bus terminals are not quite packed yet with Filipinos going to their home provinces.

Fewer passengers took a trip to the provinces Tuesday afternoon but bus companies expect the exodus to start Wednesday, radio dzBB reported Tuesday evening.

The report noted many commuters had taken trips to their home provinces last weekend for Monday’s barangay elections, and may have stayed there for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.

Malacañang on Sunday said the government is working to ensure safe trips for Filipinos to the provinces on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.

With the vote counting in the barangay elections finished in most parts of the country, Filipinos on Tuesday started preparing full blast for the coming All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.

Flowers at Dangwa

In Manila, several flower vendors spruced up their stalls to sell flowers to people planning to go to cemeteries early.

Many of the vendors along Maria Clara Street were seen waiting for deliveries of flowers, which they would arrange and sell.

A report on GMA’s News TV Live said the prices of flowers at the Dangwa Flower Market as of Tuesday included:
  • Anthurium: P150 to P200
  • Malaysian mums: P160
  • Chrysanthemum: P180 to P220

A separate dzBB report said the Philippine National Police has also shifted its focus from securing village polling places to keeping watch over cemeteries.

Also, dzBB reported many Filipinos went to the Manila North Cemetery to clean the tombs of their dearly departed.

The report said the cemetery’s management reminded visitors against bringing sharp objects, and that rerouting of traffic around the cemetery will take effect Nov. 1.

At the Manila South Cemetery, security arrangements have been finalized.  — ELR, GMA News

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