Remembering our “Dear Departed”

November 1 & 2 are very important dates in the Philippines where we put importance on our loved ones who has passed away.  November 1 is All Saints day – a day for the saints but this has evolved into a day for our departed love ones!  Nov 2 is really the All Souls Day……..maybe we have no choice but to remember the dead on  Nov 1 as it is the day declared as Official Holiday.  It has been my task to provide the flowers and candles for relatives we visit during this celebration.

For this year, I have to “suffer” the high prices of flowers in Iloilo City as we have no opportunity to be in Cebu where flowers are plentiful and very affordable.  I was planning to visit “Dangwa” in Manila as this is the bagsakan for flowers but I am not familiar with the place and the flowers might not be in good condition by November 1.  We were in Manila October 25-30, 2011 for a training.

Preparation of Flower Arrangements early in the morning

Out of the meager supply of flowers I have I was able to come up with six arrangements for our dear departed.

Six Arrangements ready for "delivery"

We have a plot for the “olds” in San Miguel Catholic Cemetery.  The bones of Lola Tali ang Lolo Felix are there.  Nanay was intered there in 2006 and Tatay in 2007.

The "Olds" at the San MIguel Catholic Cemetery

The Gonzales family are interred in separate plots at the Garden of Ascencion in Pavia, Iloilo.

Garden of Ascencion

Gina was first interred in the plot owned by my mother-in-law…i wanted Sildo to be in San Miguel but she offered the plot.


2 thoughts on “Remembering our “Dear Departed”

  1. Hi Lea, this is Rene, I hope you still remember me. Anyway, my soils major classmates during our college days are reconnecting. We are trying to get hold of our classmates and his name got mentioned. I took the initiative of searching his name since he is not only a friend but also a compadre. I came out of your article in life view. Sorry to find out that he already joined our creator.
    Wishing you good health and free of sorrows by now. You are a strong woman even in our college days. Keep it that way and God bless.

    • Hi Rene,

      Yes I remember you. I am not always opening my blog nor this email but it so happened I am updating a subscription so I need to open my yahoo mail. You were together at Mens Dorm and of course classmates in Soils. He has been sickly since 1995 when he has his first heart attack. But the Lord was good and he gave him thirteen more years after he undergone quadruple heart bypass..but he succumb to kidney failure in hemodialysis until he passed in Dec 18, 2009. His anniversary is fast approaching..eight years. So nice to hear from you. Thanks a lot and maybe we can reconnect in Facebook.

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