November 1, 2007
. This year, we spent our annual pilgrimage to the cemetery in Sta. Maria in Bulacan where my maternal grandparents and great grandparents are buried. On the other hand, we went to my paternal relatives’ graves in Cavite the day after. Since the annual pilgrimage was set together with a weekend and a government-declared holiday, it would seem that people took advantage of the long vacation and avoided crowds by visiting the cemeteries before and after November 1. I do not know if many people share my small observation that the cemeteries were less crowded this year.
Or perhaps it comes with age. There used to be a time, when I was a much younger kid, that our extended family’s mausoleums were full of relatives, and the entire cemetery was brimming with people and it was like a fiesta. The childish amusement and fascination with spirits and all that is gone. It’s probably a good thing though, because it has made me feel more solemn about the memorial occasion.
We spent Undas in Sta. Maria in Bulacan yesterday. We also had a trial opening of the restaurant.
As it has always been, it was like a fiesta at the cemetery. Thousands of people walking around, food stalls everywhere, brass bands doing their rounds in the cemetery. It is festive as it is supposed to be solemn.
We brought Tisay along to Sta. Maria. She has gotten more annoying, whinier as she is now cuter.
November 1, 2006. We went to visit the graves of my paternal relatives yesterday in Amadeo. Today, November 1, traditionally the day Filipinos flock to cemeteries, we will be in Sta. Maria in Bulacan to visit my maternal relatives. Our restaurant will also have its soft-opening today. I wish it does well. Our place is just a few blocks from the town church and the town cemetery–I hope traffic will spill-over to our street.
Of course, before leaving Amadeo yesterday, we stocked up on Amadeo coffee and fruits for the restaurant.