saints The “parade of saints” in Bacolod City, participated in by children in costumes of saints.*
( Sheeron delos Reyes photo )

Keep Holidays safe,
pray, governor urges

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called onNegrenses to pray on All Saints and All Souls Day, and to keep the holidays peaceful.

Avoid getting drunk at cemeteries as that often leads to fights and accidents, he said.

“Let us instead pray for those who have passed away, especially our saints, and for the safety of everyone,” he said. moremoremore

Some road closure set in Bacolod

A full road closure at Burgos Street in between Lopez Jaena and Ylac streets in Bacolod City will be implemented starting 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, in anticipation of the influx of people who will visit the graves of their departed loved ones at the Bacolod Public Cemetery.

Supt. Luisito Acebuche, head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office said the closure is intended to prevent ambulant vendors from coming in and selling their goods at the roads,and clogging up traffic.

All vehicles going east while travelling along Burgos Street should turn right to BBB Street in front of West Negros University, left of Galo Street, all the way to destination, Acebuche said. moremoremore


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All Saints and All Souls
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Folk rituals still practiced

Widespread tradition of pre-Hispanic practices during the yearly observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are still being observed by many Filipinos.

Although the Catholic Church may not encourage these customs or traditions of remembering the dead, majority of Filipinos still continue to perform some of these rituals to honor their dearly departed.

These practices, sometimes called “Folk Catholicism” by outside observers, can be traced to the pre-Hispanic era where ancient Filipinos engaged in ethnic expressions of respect and remembrance of the dead. . .