Lonely Planet review
As in life, so it is in death for Manila’s wealthy Chinese citizens, who are buried with every modern convenience in the huge Chinese Cemetery. There are mausoleums with crystal chandeliers, air-con, hot and cold running water, kitchens and flushing toilets (in case the interred are caught short on the way to paradise).
On 1 and 2 November (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day), hundreds of Chinese-Filipino families gather to offer food and flowers to their ancestors, and have family reunions themselves.
Hire a bicycle (per hour P100) to get around the sprawling grounds, and consider hiring a guide for access to the best tombs. Tour guide Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks does an excellent Chinese Cemetery tour. To get here take the LRT to Abad Santos then walk or take a tricycle (P25) to the south entrance.