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Kalag-Kalag 2012


Here are some photos of the recent Kalag-Kalag (All Souls Day) celebrations in Cebu City. These photos were snapped in Calamba Cemetery and Carreta Cemetery. The two cemeteries are two of the biggest and most-visited cemeteries in the city.

Hope you enjoy the photos! :)

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The 2012 All Souls Day celebration in Cebu

Drivers who park at designated motorcycle parking areas have to pay 10 pesos each to ‘parking attendants.’

A vendor sits in the shade in front of a gravestone display area.

Candles sold at 1 peso each.

An old lady uses a ladder to clear the burial vault of a loved one.

A young man repaints the gravestone of a family member.

Visitors use umbrellas to combat the heat.

The number of visitors doubled as the sun started to set.

Family members pay extra to have light bulbs installed on the burial vault of their loved ones.

The ‘Dakong Krus’ (Big Cross) is the main candle lighting area. Most cemeteries have it.

A lady cleans the vault of a loved one.

A young lady lights candles on the vault of a family member.

The Dakong Krus at the Calamba Cemetery.

The event is basically one big fiesta. Even balloons are sold inside the cemetery.

Two men cleaning the tomb of a loved one.

St. Peter comes up with a brilliant idea – free photo inside a coffin!

Lechon anyone?

Candles for the souls of the dead.

Flowers for sale!

A young kid uses a can to catch the Β melted wax from the candle.

Burial vaults adorned with flowers.

Steep climb to the second floor.

Empty vaults, some still with human bones.

Cardinal Vidal being interviewed at the Carreta Cemetery. He was there to visit the tombs of his loved ones.

Six-storey vaults of Carreta Cemetery.

A candle vendor stands in front of sample gravestones on display.

Candles for sale!

San Tiago Alley in Carreta Cemetery.

Young kids and old folk alike brave the heat.

Vaults with bulbs ready for the night.

A young kid burns some leaves to produce smoke. After a visit to the cemetery, it is customary to ‘bathe’ yourself in smoke before going home.

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7 responses to “Kalag-Kalag 2012

  1. ianne November 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    may they rest in peace….

  2. kim November 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Had I been there, the experience is pretty much the same and it has not changed a lot since I was a kid. I’m glad to see photos; reminds me of this undying tradition.

  3. inday myrna November 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Kalag-kalag is a very big celebration in P.I. Thanx for the photos Ley. Surely i visit my father’s grave on my holiday.

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