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Manila's North Cemetery.....Life Among the Dead

The Manila North Cemetery (or Cementerio del Norte formerly known also as "Paang Bundok")

 which measures 54 hectares, is considered the biggest 

and one of the oldest cemeteries in Metro Manila.

 Beside it are two other important cemeteries

namely the La Loma Cemetery and the Manila Chinese Cemetery

The cemetery is owned by the Manila city government and has initiated an expansion program to build more "apartment tombs" and a crematorium.

The cemetery is also notable because of the numerous families living inside the more commodious mausoleums.

A Grave Award (commonly abbreviated as GA), 

is an award presented by the Manila North Cemetery to honor the best in grave plots. 

Originally conceived as an alternative to the Granny Awards (in the makeup category), the annual MNC Grave Awards ceremony has often been called the "Oscars for the departed", 

an acknowledgment of the GA ceremony's ability to draw millions of spectators, from children to senior citizens, each year. 

By 2001, the GA had become a coveted award. The statue given to winners resembles agravedigger, one of the earliest representations of MNC.

The Grave Awards match fixing scandal took place around and during All Souls' Day in 2009.

 Three members of the north division were banned for life from joining for intentionally losing contests, which allowed the relatives of Protacio Marquez to win the GA that year. 

The conspiracy was the brainchild of north division leader Arnold "Boy Kalansay" Marquez, who had longstanding ties to petty underworld figures. He persuaded Joseph "Palakol" Monsalud, a friend and professional gambler, that the fix could be pulled off.

 Chinese Cemetery land grabber Boyet Ibasco supplied the money through his right-hand man Edgar Pacifico, a former barker along Aurora Blvd in Quezon City.


Manila (TagalogMaynila[majˈnilaʔ]English/məˈnɪlə/) is the capital of thePhilippines. It is one of the sixteen cities (along with the smaller municipality ofPateros) that comprise Metro Manila.

Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotasand Caloocan to the north; Quezon City to the northeast; San Juan andMandaluyong to the east; Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south.

Manila has a total population of more than 1,652,171 according to the 2010 census.[3] Manila is the second most populous city in the Philippines, behind its neighbor, Quezon City. The populace inhabit an area of only 38.55 square kilometers, making Manila the most densely populated city in the world.[5] Metro Manila is the most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the 11th in the world with an estimated population of 16,300,000. The greater urban area is the fifth-most populous in the world and has an estimated metropolitan population of 20,654,307 people.