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02 November 2006

Undas

I often wonder what "Undas" means. A web page I found said that Undas or Undras (All Saints' day in the Philippines) comes from Spanish "honras" which means "honors." It's the time when Filipinos goes to various cemeteries to pay homage to their departed loved ones.

I visited Metro Manila's largest burial ground- The Manila North Cemetery. This burial ground reflects its congested urban surroundings and just like in the world of the living, difference between the rich and the poor still exists here.

More photos here.


3 comments:

Lynda Lehmann said...

The color contrast, the warm and cold of it, add great drama to this photo!

Too bad such a rift between rich and poor seems to be growing, in many if not most societies around the world.

Dennis S. Rito said...

Indeed, the gap between the rich and the poor in the Philippines is ever increasing. Where, according to the Grameen Foundation website, 16 percent of the Philippine population live on less than $1 a day; 40 percent live on less than $2 a day.

Lynda Lehmann said...

The gap is widening in the US, too. Albeit not as extreme as in some countries, our gap between rich and poor is fast becoming a chasm.