We arrived in Manila on All Saints Day. On this day, the custom in the Philippines is to return to the provinces and visit the cemetary of your ancestors. So we took a 4 hour drive to the town of Bongabon, where Pete’s grandparents are buried. The local cemetary had throngs of people milling about. People spending time with their ancestors and then walking about and seeing the tombs of other ancestors. It was also the only time of year that most of the families all gathered at once.
Pete’s very gracious cousin, Omi, was our amazing host for our short time in Manila. She showed us what she could of Manila as we drove from and to the airport, and she explained a lot of the Filipino customs as we came across them.