Mandaluyong City upgrades Garden of Life for Undas

The Mandaluyong City has completed the upgrading of the Garden of Life cemetery with more columbariums and a candelarium.

According to City Funeral Service Administrator Andy Natividad a new building was completed this year, raising the cemetery’s columbarium niches to about 10,000.

“The previous capacity of our columbarium was about 4,000 to 5,000,” Natividad said.

In addition, the Garden of Life cemetery also has a new candelarium – a building where people can place candles for their departed relatives. It also has a chapel where masses can be held and an ash repository for unclaimed cremated remains.

Natividad said that a new ordinance was passed by city council which allows the city funeral service office to cremate unclaimed remains.

“The remains of residents are allowed to be buried in the cemetery for five years. After reaching that certain period, the remains will be placed at the bone crypt and we will notify the relatives to claim it or have it cremated,” said Natividad. He added that around 7,000 unclaimed bones at the crypt will be cremated next year as soon as new crematoriums are installed at the cemetery. All unclaimed remains that will be cremated will then be placed at the ash repository.

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