Kalag-Kalag

Here are some shots I took during the 2010 Kalag-Kalag (All Saints Day/All Souls Day) celebration here in Cebu. I visited the Carreta Cemetery and the Calamba Cemetery – two of the city’s biggest cemeteries. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Note: There’s been a dispute about the use of the term ‘kalag-kalag.’ Apparently, it is incorrect to use the term when referring to both All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. I have no idea what the correct term is. So, please feel free to tell us what you guys know. Thanks!

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Calamba Cemetery in Baranggay Calamba, Cebu City.

The Dakong Krus (Big Cross) of Carreta Cemetery. The Big Cross is where you offer flowers and prayers and light a candle for those whose graves you can no longer locate.

Statue of Jesus Christ with a flower offering.

This lady oversees the collection of candles at the Dakong Krus.

Trash to Cash: These young girls collect plastic water bottles for a few pesos.

A worker paints the tombstone as the old man (customer) looks on.

According to practice, before leaving a cemetery, you have to soak yourself in smoke to make sure that you do not bring bad luck and negative energy to your home. At the exit, it is normal to see kids burning grass and creating smoke. You can ‘use’ the smoke that they make, of course, for a small fee.

A new structure inside the Carreta Cemetery.

Burial chambers still under construction.

This looks like Ayala Center Cebu. Hehehe.

View of the cemetery from the second story of the u/c structure.

Note that each block has a different name.

The busiest part is the ‘chapel’ where masses are held hourly.

The Sto. Rosario Parish ossuary.

An old structure which serves as the main entrance to the cemetery.

More organized this year.

First Aid station.

Police help desk.

‘Lapida’ for sale.

Medical Station set up by ERUF.

Calamba Cemetery main entrance.

Kids playing with candles.

A young kid doing a grown man’s job.

View of the cemetery from the top.

This section is a little quiet.

A young kid with ‘Potter’ glasses and very interesting hair.

I asked him how much he spent for his hairgel. He said that he used candle wax. Hahaha.

I guess he’s trying to make a statement.

The Dakong Krus of the Calamba Cemetery.

More people arrived just before sundown.

Espadrilles, Anyone?
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