The Local Government of Marikina under the administration of Mayor Marcy Teodoro is busy preparing for the celebration of All Saints' Day on November 1.
Over the weekend, employees of the City Hall cleaned and trimmed trees inside cemeteries, fixed the flower shops in Plaza de las Flores and built a covered walkway.
Marikina has started planning for the annual All Saints' Day — when Filipinos honor their departed loved ones by visiting their graves -- at least a month before November 1. A traffic rerouting plan for October 31 until November 1 was released a few days ago by the Marikina Rescue 161.
“Minsan lang sa isang taon dadagsa ang ating mga kababayan sa mga sementeryo para magbigay galang sa kanilang mga yumaong minamahal, pagbastaan natin ito,” Mayor Marcy told the employees of the City Hall. (“Our fellow Marikenos flock to cemeteries to pay respects to their departed love ones only once a year, so let us all prepare for this.”)
City Hall employees trimmed overgrown leaves and trunks of trees in Aglipay Cemetery and Holy Child Cemetery in Barangay Concepcion Uno on Saturday so that those who will visit the graves of their loved ones can concentrate on praying for their dead relatives and will no longer have to do the trimming and cleaning.
Mayor Marcy also instructed the Marikina Engineering Department to fix the flower shops along Plaza de las Flores, right in front of Loyola Memorial Park. The steel fabrication team of the engineering department headed by Nestor Nierva worked until evening so that they can finish the improvements on the flower shops.
The Local Government also constructed a covered walkway in Barangka Cemetery over the weekend to protect those who will visit their dead relatives from the sun and from the rain.
Thousands are expected to flock to Marikina cemeteries to visit their loved ones after the government has earlier declared November 1 a special non-working holiday.