Sunday, November 2, 2008

November 1 is All Saints' Day in the Philippines. It is that one time of the year where dear departed ones are remembered by the living. The 'remembering' is done by visiting the graveyard and bringing flowers. Most Filipinos "celebrate" the day by practically holding a family reunion at the cemetery. They bring food and drinks and live for a day in the cemetery. Some carry it even further by camping at the graveyard on All Hallow's Eve. Most foreigners find this Filipino custom quite strange and quaint. It has been my practice to buy fresh flowers at Dangwa, or more correctly, Laong-Laan St. near the University of Sto.Tomas, since my father's death. For the past eight years, I braved the human traffic at Dangwa. First, because of the bargain. Second,I enjoy the sight and smell of fresh flowers.Third, I enjoy doing my own flower arrangements. The picture shows Ethan and I in front of the flower shop where we bought gerbera and stargazers. Gerbera was at 250 php per 10 pcs while stragazers cost 120 Php per stem. I spent about 850 php that yielded two baskets of beautiful flower arrangements - according to moi!

Posted by desperateblogger On 11/02/2008 12:44:00 AM 6 comments


  1. Visiting my parents grave on All Saints Day is one thing I was never able to do for my parents. The first All Saints Day after they passed, I was in Taiwan. I couldn't go home kasi it's just one day off. The following years andito na ko.

    I also love the smell of fresh flower. Amd I'm sure your floral arrangements are even better kesa sa mga ibinebenta na ready-made.

    Thanks for the birthday greetings/wishes.

    Para kayong siamese twins ni Ethan kasi laging magkadikit...kakainggit talaga.


  2. huling: i'm sure your other siblings are visiting your parent's grave. grabe sa dami tao sa dangwa. muntik na kaming magkapalitan ng mukha sa sikip. i chose to buy flowers along laong-laan na lang, less human traffic.

    accdng to daughter 2, hubby got mad when he learned i brought along ethan to dangwa. =) hope you had a great time on tour bday.

  3. Did I just missed the chance to see Ethan? >.<

  4. renz: yup! you missed ethan and the loot bag he brought for peaches.

  5. argghh! too bad! next time next time..perhaps it was not meant to be..imagine we were already dressed up since 9AM lol. THen she felt sleepy at around 11:30ish. >.<
    And T didn't know I was waiting for a text. >.<

  6. renz: basta anytime i pass by your place i'll text you.


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