Thousands flock to cemeteries to mark All Saints' Day

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 1) — More Filipinos are flocking to cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones as the nation marks All Saints' Day.

Earlier, the Manila Police District said the crowd at the Manila North Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in the country, went well over the million mark.

Close to 900,000 people visited last year.

Roads were also impassable due to the number of people leaving the Manila North Cemetery as well as the adjacent Manila North Green Park

Manila North Cemetery Administrator Daniel Tan said there were fewer visitors leading up to All Saints' Day, so a larger crowd is expected starting today until Sunday.

Visitors are subjected to baggage check when they enter. The check is quick and smooth unless visitors are carrying prohibited items.

Police earlier apprehended a 16-year-old boy caught hiding two sachets of marijuana in his armpits and pants. He will be turned over to the Social Welfare Department.

Police, barangay personnel, and security guards are making sure the cemetery remains peaceful despite the thousands of visitors.

Meanwhile, over at the Manila South Cemetery, the number of visitors rose to as high as 680,000 early Thursday night.

Visitors can expect tight security upon entering the cemetery.

There's a separate line for male and female where each one will be checked. There's also a dedicated line for the elderly and people with disability.

If you're planning to bring your children, there's a "name tagging" area near the entrance in case you get separated from them. The kid will be tagged with his or name and the contact number of the guardian or parent.

Free use of wheelchairs is also offered. There are also e-trikes offering free rides to visitors.

As for the Loyola Memorial Park, foot traffic remained high at around 35,950, and authorities expect visitors to spend the night at the cemetery.

There was hardly any untoward incident in the area, where the only common prohibited items such as matches and cigarettes were confiscated.

There was, however, a case of a civilian carrying a gun.