All Souls' Day - updates

Rappler's latest stories on All Souls' Day


IN VIDEOS: Undas 2019 in Manila and Pampanga

Nov 02, 2019 - 12:41 AM

Rain or shine, Filipinos visit their dearly departed

On Undas, families of drug war victims cry justice for their dead

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:14 PM

For these families, the pain runs deeper as their relatives and friends did not simply die. They were killed.

STILL MOURNING. Gigi Sardido joins a prayer rally at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOLE reminds employers to pay proper wages for November holidays

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines for employers to compute proper wages for All Saints' Day, All Souls Day, and Bonifacio Day

PROPER WAGES. The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines for proper wage implementation in November holidays. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIST: Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Check here the rerouting maps and instructions organized per Metro Manila local government unit

MOVEMENT. Thousands Filipinos flock to Bagbag Public Cemetery in Quezon City on November 1, 2018, to visit their departed loved ones in the observance of All Saints Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Families of desaparecidos call for justice on All Souls' Day

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Families of victims of enforced disappearances light candles and offer flowers as they continue searching for their missing loved ones

“ Tell us where the deseparecidos, and we will be at peace” says the families of the victims of enforced dissappearance during a gathering in front of the Quiapo Church to remember those who have been missing as we observe All Souls day.  Families lit candles and offered flowers by the photos of those who have missing for years now. “ We have nowhere to offer candles and flowers, so we do it here for all the world to see”. The families and supporters seek justice and vow to continue the search for their loved ones. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LOOK: Pinoy athletes bring their Halloween game on

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado turn from slender to sumo as the La Salle Lady Spikers also go extra

TERRIFIC TANDEM. Former Ateneo stars Jia Morado and Alyssa Valdez take their BFF goals to the next level. Photo from Instagram Stories (@santoskarlo_)

LIST: All Saints' Day traditions across the globe

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:04 PM

From visiting graves to flying kites, people from all over the world have their own unique traditions to remember and honor the dead

PHILIPPINES. Filipinos flock to cemeteries to visit the graves of departed loved ones. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Undas travel tips for drivers and commuters

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Here are some reminders and the government hot lines

LONG WAIT. Line for a bus ride to Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija at Five Star has reached Montreal Street in Quezon City on October 31, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Thousands head to provinces for Undas 2018

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Commuters say more people headed to the provinces this year, but they feel safer now with additional security measures in place

PROVINCES. Hundreds of commuters to the provinces wait for their bus rides at the Araneta Center-Cubao terminal on October 31, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LIST: Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila cemeteries for Undas 2018

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Traffic rerouting schemes will take effect starting Thursday, November 1

UNDAS. Two young girls play on the top of apartment-type tombs inside the Manila North Cemetery on October 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR to local government: Be tough on trash violators for Undas

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) ‘LGUs should not hesitate penalizing litterbugs by imposing fines or making them render community service,’ says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

UNDAS. People flock the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City to visit the grave of their departed loved ones in observance of the All Soul's and All Saints' Day on November 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MMDA: No days off for traffic personnel during Undas 2018

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim says days off will not be allowed for traffic personnel from October 27 to November 3

UNDAS. Thousands are expected to visit cemeteries in Metro Manila on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits parents' grave after Undas

Nov 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's youngest son Sebastian Duterte joins this year's visit to the grave of the late Vicente and Soledad Duterte

RESPECT. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a solemn time to pay respects to the memories of his parents, the late Governor Vicente and Soledad Duterte, during his visit to their resting place at the Roman Catholic Public Cemetery in Davao City on November 4, 2017. All photos from Malacañang

1,000 candles lit for EJK victims on All Souls' Day

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:36 PM

'Kapag ang tao ay dinuraan mo, para mo na ring dinuraan ang Diyos,' says Father Flaviano Villanueva of the Society of the Divine Word

CANDLE-LIGHTING. Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) light candles for their slain loved ones at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on November 2, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Top Catholic seminary hits killings in Duterte drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'We will not forget the evil that has come upon us,' seminarians of the Jesuit-run San Jose Seminary say in a statement on All Souls' Day

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

How other religions in PH observe Undas

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all

Undas 2017: Pray for the 'living dead,' bishop says

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits drug war killings as Filipinos remember the dead: 'Dapat matigil na ang kahibangang ito!'

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting ritual for victims of drug war killings is held at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City on October 24, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Oct 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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Undas 2017: 'Drug war victims crying for justice'

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:06 PM

'Sisindihan namin ang mga kandila bilang simbolo ng aming mithiin para sa katarungan,' families of drug war victims say as Filipinos remember the dead

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Undas 2017 in Metro Manila

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Filipinos pay their respects to their departed loved ones as the Undas break begins

Philippine Red Cross first aiders, ambulances ready for Undas

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:27 PM

In case of emergency, contact Red Cross hotline 143 or the operations center: 790-23-00 loc. 199-204 or 0917-806-8513

ALL GEARED UP. The Philippine Red Cross has prepared 130 staff and volunteers to ensure security and provide medical help to the public this coming Undas. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Red Cross

Dela Rosa's Undas request: Be vigilant vs terrorist threat

Oct 31, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa urges the public to report suspicious activities as the nation observes All Saints' Day

Duterte's Undas message: Make world better for future generations

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the best way to honor the dead is to change society for the good of the next generation

President Rodrigo Duterte joins Filipinos in the traditional observance of Undas (All Saints' Day). He visits his parents' grave at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Davao City on November 1. SIMEON CELI/ Presidential Photo

Don't turn cemeteries into dumpsites, Cimatu tells Filipinos

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu gives tips on how to observe a garbage-free Undas

Cimatu file photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

A different Undas: Remembering the victims of the drug war

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Families of victims of drug-related deaths gather to remember their loved ones, and to pray for justice

REMEMBERING. Widows, mothers, and sympathizers light candles for the slain victims of the extra-judicial killings. Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Schedule of activities in remembering victims of drug war

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Here is a list of activities on October 31, Tuesday, for those who want to remember the lives lost to the war on drugs

REMEMBERING. A mass will be held on October 31, Tuesday, at the San Isidro Labrador Parish for the victims of drug-related killings. File photo

Bank schedule: Undas 2017

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here are the operating hours of various banks for Tuesday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 1

DSWD ready to offer food if Undas passengers get stranded

Oct 31, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Families or individuals needing assistance may go to the nearest DSWD field office

HOMEBOUND. Hundreds of southbound passengers wait to board buses at the Araneta Bus Center in Cubao, Quezon City on October 27, to avoid the last-minute rush for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day holidays. File photo by Joel Liporada

Living among the dead for generations

Oct 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM

For the Gerbuellas clan five generations of their family have been living at the Manila South Cemetery Every year they must vacate their home so that people can pay respects for their dead

The dead, the dying, and the woman who prays for them

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:30 AM

On occasions like All Souls Day when the nation pays its respects to loved ones who have gone on to the afterlife Lorna prays for those who passed on from HIV related complications

Loreta, a former bar girl turned social worker who acquired HIV from having unprotected sex with one of her customers, visits the grave of her former partner who committed suicide due to his habitual 'shooting' behavior. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Class, gov't office suspensions for Monday, Nov 2

Nov 01, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of schools and areas where classes and office work have been suspended for Monday November 2 in observance of All Souls Day

November 2 should be a holiday - Cardinal Quevedo

Nov 01, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says the appropriate day for remembering the dead is on November 2 not on November 1 or All Saints’ Day

PREPARATIONS. Workers clean soldiers' graves at the heroes' cemetery in Manila on October 30, 2012. File photo by AFP

10 ways to observe a garbage-free 'Undas'

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED A green group lists down ways to lessen garbage generated during visits to the cemetery on All Saints Day and All Souls Day

KEEP THE 'BASURA MONSTER' AWAY. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a tableau on October 30 to show citizens the ghastly effects of a garbage-ridden 'Undas.' Photos by Jose Del

NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex ready for Undas 2015

Oct 30, 2015 - 5:29 PM

The operator of Luzon expressways gears up for the expected heavy traffic volume by adding lanes traffic personnel and layers of toll collection

EXPECTED HEAVY TRAFFIC. TMC says traffic is expected to build up in the afternoon of October 30 until late morning of November 1 going North

Palace: November 2 not a holiday

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:11 PM

There are however a number of other special non working holidays in November because of the upcoming APEC meetings

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Malacañang says that November 2, All Souls' Day, will not be a holiday. File photo by Franz Lopez

Yolanda survivors say sorry, pray for closure

Nov 02, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Tacloban residents end All Saints Day and All Souls Day which Filipinos devote to remembering the dead as the first year after Yolanda approaches

OFFERING CANDLES. Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) light candles for the dead on All Souls' Day, November 2, in the mass grave for Yolanda victims in Tacloban City. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

'Undas' in Yolanda mass grave: 'Pick your cross'

Nov 01, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Because of perceived delays in identifying the bodies of Yolanda victims their relatives have to pick and label random crosses in the Tacloban City mass grave

PICKING CROSSES. Gil Alarcon, 44, labels 4 crosses to serve as a temporary marker in the Tacloban City mass grave for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yolanda survivors pray before nameless graves

Nov 01, 2014 - 8:26 AM

I don t even know where to light a candle a man says on the eve of All Saints Day as he visits a mass grave for 2 200 Yolanda victims in Tacloban City

TIME TO REMEMBER. Adam Stephen Baldota, 28, wipes his tears as he prays before a mass grave that includes the body of his mother and sister. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

PNP swings into full gear for Undas 2014

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The entire PNP will be placed on full alert to provide maximum coverage and public safety services says the PNP chief

Faith in action: The practices of Iglesia ni Cristo

Jul 24, 2014 - 6:07 PM

Whereas non members of Iglesia ni Cristo are intrigued by the church s practices believers say they are not as secretive as people perceive them to be

Cemetery trivia: What now lies above former burial grounds?

Nov 02, 2013 - 2:16 PM

Do you know which sites across the country used to be cemeteries? Check this out.

RESTING PLACE. There are countless cemeteries of interest spread all over the country.

Rappler Newscast | November 1, 2013

Nov 01, 2013 - 9:14 PM

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Cemetery trivia: How well do you know our burial grounds?

Nov 01, 2013 - 4:15 PM

Revisit the origins and the stories behind notable, unique and historical cemeteries in the country

'Undas Online' for OFWs, homebound Pinoys

Oct 31, 2013 - 1:30 PM

The CBCP offers a website that sets the mood for Undas

#PugadBaboy: Memorial Parking

Oct 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM

How to get a parking space during All Souls Day

#PugadBaboy: Memorial Parking punchline 2

Oct 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Parking strategies during All Souls Day

#PugadBaboy: Memorial Parking punchline 3

Oct 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Getting your car parked during All Souls Day

Spend more time with your parents

Nov 02, 2012 - 9:41 AM

It’s never easy losing someone But what made it easier was knowing we spent as much time as we could although it always seemed there wasn’t enough of it

The cost of dying in PH

Nov 02, 2012 - 7:46 AM

Rappler takes a look at the economics of dying