LOOK: #HolyWeek2018 devotees, tourists leave trash in religious sites

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The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan was left littered after visitors flocked to the religious site.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) With the long Lenten break, thousands of tourists headed to religious sites and tourist destinations. With it, however, came the heaps of trash. 

A photo of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan circulated online after a netizen posted a photo of tons of litter left by visitors on Good Friday.

More than 24,000 have shared the Facebook post as of Black Saturday.


Another photo taken of a street beside a mall on Ortigas Avenue Extension in Pasig City showed plastic cups and bottles strewn about.


Ronx Ronquillo, who took the photo, said a procession happened before the area was left in that state.

At least 3,000 people have so far shared it on Facebook.

"Tiga-Cainta kasi ako so year in, year out, maraming taong dumadaan [I'm from Cainta so year in, year out, I see plently of people on these streets]," he said.

Netizens lamented how careless the devotees and tourists were as they observed the Holy Week.


Before the Lenten break, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu reminded the public to be as environment-friendly as possible in observance of the season, as waste accumulates in tourist destinations like beaches during this time.

"In the past weeks, we have seen how many of our prime beaches particularly Boracay, El Nido and Puerto Galera, to name a few,  have suffered from degradation," Cimatu said in a statement Monday. "The sad thing is that destruction is not confined to these areas."