At the Chinese Cemetery, the tombs and mausoleums resemble temples, churches, pagodas, and art deco pieces. Most are quite luxurious homes that come complete with electricity, air-condition, and bathrooms. Each has a story to tell—and fascinating stories they sure are—especially if you get the caretakers to gossip (for a fee) about their charges. Many of the stories are violent and tragic, such as the ones about Girl Scouts organizer Josefa Llanes Escoda, literary geniuses Rafael Roces and Manuel Arguilla, star athlete-turned-guerrilla spy Virgilio Lobregat, and Chinese Consul General Yang Guangsheng who were executed by the Japanese during World War II.
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On November 1, the living relatives of this amazing subdivision show up in great numbers to celebrate All Saints Day with feasting and gambling (mahjong games). Note the empty chair; that’s reserved for their dear departed one.