"Lives of great men all remind us
we can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
footprints on the sands of time"
- Psalm of Life, H.W. Longfellow
I made a little photowalk at Manila North Cemetery yesterday. I came to search for the graves of the great men who once lived and made a contribution to our nation's history, culture and art. A kid with great love for history would definitely find this activity fun and exciting.
This old, populous cemetery is located north-east of Manila, at the Manila-Quezon-Caloocan border, with Chinese Cemetery (West) and La Loma Catholic Cemetery (North-West). It harbors the remains of our country's three past presidents, leaders, national artists, and heroes. Bodies of some rich and popular are also found here.
I used this list as my reference while I do the search in this large cemetery. The following photos are the only ones caught by my curious eyes.
|the gate to the cemetery|
|flowers and candles for sale|
At 3:45 PM, I reached the main gate of the cemetery along Blumentritt street in Manila. A lot of flowers and candles are for sale at the gate. You'll know you're on the right place if you see the Chinese General Hospital to its left.
Here's a bad sketch of the place:
|The central street is the Main street. The triangle at the end is the pyramid, FPJ's grave at the corner. Chinese Cemetery at the left and Chinese General Hospital at the lower left.|
As I enter the gate, the first graves I saw were the Nakpil's, Q. Paredes', President Osmeña's, Figueras', Lacson's, and President Magsaysay's.
|The Nakpils: Julio, Juan, and Anita. Julio being the father of Juan, the national artist for architecture. Julio also became the husband of Gregoria de Jesus, widow of Andres Bonifacio. Anita was the wife of Juan.|
|Jose Figueras, former Labor Secretary of President Quirino. The famous Bustillos street in Sampaloc Manila is now named after him.|
|Quintin Paredes, former House Speaker and Senator. The long street in Binondo is named after him.|
|Arsenio Lacson, the greatest Manila Mayor as they say.|
|President Sergio Osmeña, 2nd president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. At the back lies his wife, Esperanza.|
|President Ramon Magsaysay, the "Man of the Masses", 3rd President of the Third Republic of the Philippines. At the back lies his wife Luz.|
|A number of gravestones at the circle.|
|Mayor Antonio Villegas, one of the founding father of my beloved Pamantasan.|
|Francis Burton Harrison, former US Gov-Gen to the Philippines. The long street in Pasay City is named after him.|
|A dramatic statue of an angel.|
|Graveyard of Armed Forces of the Philippines|
|Arcadio Arellano, a great architect.|
|President Manuel Roxas, the last president of the Philippine Commonwealth and the first president of the Third Republic. On the left lies the body of the former senator, Gerry Roxas; on the right is Gerardo Roxas Jr.|
|Manuel Quezon Jr., son of President Manuel Quezon. President MLQ was once buried here, he's now at the Quezon Memorial Circle.|
|Benito Legarda, vice president of the Malolos Congress. The famous Legarda street in U-belt Manila is named after him.|
|who said Philippines got no pyramid?|
|Fernando Poe Jr., the king of the Philippine Cinema.|
|a child's statue|
I walked the length of the street, and saw no important grave. I turned left again, then I saw Ka Amado's and Atang's tomb. Two great National Artists.
|National Artist for Literature Amado V. Hernadez, and his wife National Artist for Music Atang Dela Rama.|
|Gonzalo Puyat, a business tycoon, started as a furniture maker. A street in Quiapo is named after him.|
|Jesus' face all over the place.|
It was around 5:30 PM, and again I was standing before the pyramid at the Main Avenue. On my second walk on the Main Avenue, this time I was walking southwards, I saw the good looking statues of angels and remakes of Michael Angelo's La Pieta, took pictures of them of course. Some graves I haven't notice on my first go were the graves of Pancho Villa, and the Thomasaites'.
|where's He pointing at?|
|a cross on top of an old mausoleum.|
|Thomasites, the first American educators in the Philippines.|
|Pancho Villa, a renowned boxer during the 20's.|
When I reached the Roxas grave again at around 5:40 PM, I saw a tall statue of a fireman at a distance. I entered a narrow path to reach it, walking between old tombs and small hovels built by the caretakers. Before I entered the site, a woman asked me where I was heading, I told her that I just came take a picture of the fireman. Then, tadaa, it is indeed the graveyard of our brave firemen. From afar, children were calling me to take their picture (parang nakapasok ako isang hidden community). I smiled at them but I walked my way back to the Main Avenue (I was quite cautious for my safety).
|I saw this Mama Mary statue on my way back to the Main Avenue.|
I saw the Rizal grave, Ladislao Bonus's grave, and Huseng Batute's grave as I walk towards the exit. Another grave I did not notice at first was Recto's, it is located just in front of President Magsaysay's.
|Rizals, our national heroe's family. Among them is Narcisa Rizal-Lopez, Jose's sister. Jose's parents, Don Francisco and Doña Teodora were once burried here, they're now at Calamba, Laguna.|
|Ladislao Bonus, the father of the Philippine Opera.|
|Jose Corazon De Jesus, or "Huseng Batute", lyricist of the famous poem now a song "Bayan Ko"|
|A dead tree I saw on my way.|
|A structure I saw on my way.|
|colorful apartment type of tomb.|
|Claro M. Recto, former senator, one of the greatest of his generation|