Tag: Libingan ng mga Bayani
For some reason, I always find myself super busy these past weeks. It’s probably because the Christmas season is fast approaching.
We woke up very early Sunday morning to attend a wreath laying for my departed Father-in-Law. It is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Signal Corps. The Signal Corps is part of the Communications, Electronics and Information Systems Service, of the AFP (CEISSAFP).
The CEISSAFP Signal Corps has been pursuing efforts to ensure the military have the best communications systems to support its men. It’s indeed a great honor that they are paying homage to Signal Corps soldiers who have served the nation especially those who have went ahead of them. The small ceremony was held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio. We also took the time to offer our prayers at the grave of my Father-in-Law.
After the ceremony, we grabbed the opportunity to hear mass at the St. Michael the Archangel Parish which is just nearby.
Unfortunately, we were so in a hurry that I forgot to bring my camera. Good thing I have the camera phone handy. All photos were taken using my Samsung Wave.
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Have a good week ahead!
301/365 Seafood Pasta by Cibo
302/365 You just gotta have rules!
303/365 All Soul’s Day – a scene at Libingan ng mga Bayani
304/365 Banana Dessert
305/365 Black and white shot of my favorite subject
306/365 Yummy empanadas by Empanada Avenue
307/365 Christmas Ball from my Christmas tree (macro shot using Samsung wave)
308/365 Golf ball, taken during my family’s bonding time at the driving range.
309/365 Need to sew?
310/365 Hubby’s co-employees gifted him with this caricature when he resigned. Cute isn’t it?
If there is one thing unique to the Filipinos is how we remember our departed loved ones. I get amazed at how people really prepare for the All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day feast.
Family member take this opportunity to stay in the cemetery for the whole day or even stay over night at the grave of their loved ones. They will put up tents and bring food for the family to share. They even take this opportunity to hold a little family reunion as they pray and feast. The photo below shows how cemeteries can be very crowded during this occasion, however this is just the beginning wait till the sun goes down and you would have a hard time looking for parking because of the crowd.
My husband’s family also make it a point to offer a prayer for my Father-in-law and takes this time to gather as one family. Although, we do not stay long and we usually do it even before the crowd starts coming in.
My son was in my womb when FIL died, that’s why he never got the chance to know him but I make it a point that he remembers his lolo (grandfather).
Of course, a family gathering will not be complete without a simple feast. So after offering our prayers, we headed out to Max’s to take our late lunch.
As we celebrate the feast of the souls, besides the merriment and the feast, let us not forget to offer our prayer for our dearly departed loved ones.
Hope you all enjoyed this long weekend. Happy Halloween!
Here in the Philippines, people do not give so much emphasis in the Halloween trick or treating activities but more on remembering the dead during All Soul’s day. It falls on November 2, and it is usually declared as a Holiday to give people time to the cemetery to visit the grave of their friends and loved ones. It has been a tradition where families and relatives meet.
It also goes true for our family, we visit my Father-in-law at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery for the Heroes). This cemetery was established as a resting place for military personnel as well as heroes and martyrs who defended our country during the war. My FIL, was a retired captain of the Philippine Navy, the reason why this place is a fitting resting place for him.
Ever since my father in law died, my hub’s family will meet there during All Soul’s Day. After offering our prayers, we will gather at one place to have a meal together. It is actually a good excuse for my MIL and her siblings to gather together as one family.
***Libingan ng mga Bayani is located at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.