BALANGA City: Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos has issued a reminder on Thursday that beyond picnics and family gatherings, the people should pray for the dead.
“The best and most beneficial things we can do during Undas is offer to our beloved departed are our prayers and offering Holy Masses for them,” the bishop of Balanga said.
He added that going to cemeteries is not akin to going to a picnic or to attend a family reunion.
“We go to cemeteries to remember them and their good deeds and that we are thankful to them for being part of their lives,” the prelate said.
The bishop also urged those going to cemeteries to follow authorities in the maintenance of peace and order.
For Central Luzon, the Philippine National Police regional office has deployed more than 2,000 operatives in different areas to address security and public safety concerns during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin ordered all City and Provincial directors to sustain the level of alertness and vigilance within cemeteries and to conduct security inspections in all bus terminals.
For airport security measures, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) reminded passengers to follow certain guidelines to ensure that their trip will be convenient and hassle-free.
Passengers taking domestic flights must be at the airport at least two hours before the time of departure while those taking international flights, at least three hours before.
Travelers are advised to avoid bringing heavy suitcases and hand-carry luggage, bring all travel documents and reminded that aerosols and gels more than 100ml in volume should be placed in check-in baggages.
Meanwhile, despite the advice of Bishop Santos, a carnival that operates every year has opened at the back portion of a private memorial park in Balanga City in Bataan.
The amusement park, which expects its annual droves of visitors this weekend, will feature a carousel horse ride, bump car, and a roller coaster.
In Iloilo, residents are preparing an annual fare of native foods and ‘kakanin.’
Native delicacies including suman, puto, cuchinta, suman latik, maja blanca, baye-baye, bibingka, kalamay hati, ibos and Arroz Ala Valenciana are laid on the table side by side with spaghetti, lechon and other dishes and served to family members and friends.
Iloilo tradition dictates that native food is served so that the souls of departed loved ones will not disturb family members inside the house.
ERNIE ESCONDE, BENJIE L. VERGARA, FROILAN MAGTOTO, AND LYDIA C. PENDON