Rains fail to spoil Undas-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Intermittent moderate rainfall on Friday failed to douse the spirits of folks trooping to cemeteries across the city to pay respect to their departed loved ones.
As early as 6 a.m., hundreds filled various private memorial parks and the two public cemeteries here, lighting candles and offering flowers under umbrellas of different sizes, some seeking shelter in makeshift tents as the rains poured for about an hour starting at 8:15 a.m.
"We just hope that it will stop raining so people can do what they have to do on All Saints Day. But as I see it, the rains of Typhoon Vinta could not spoil Undas or prevent all these folks from paying respects to their departed and getting together like in a family reunion because this only happens once a year," said an official of Good Shepherd Memorial Park.
Police and security officers kept a tight watch on people entering the cemeteries, inspecting packages for bladed weapons, arms and other prohibited items like alcohol.
"Our men, including security marshals, are strictly monitoring all cemeteries and memorial parks in the city to ensure order, peace and the safety of those observing Undas. We do not want any untoward incident to spoil All Saints Day," said Superintendent Ricardo David, city police chief.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 02, 2013.