Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Phoebe from "Friends": Mine's gonna say, "Phoebe Buffay, Buried Alive"
Here are some more pictures from the graveyard.

Sharing a sweet moment with Tita Christine; Which didn't last long, lol; Surveying the land in her Sunny Sheila Tubman attire (only fans of Judy Blume would understand)

As I mentioned yesterday, I took pictures of epitaphs that interested me. I'm sure I would have found more, but I stuck to the little knoll where the remains of Mark's grandparents are buried. All in all, that part of the vast cemetery was already quite representative (although it's quite new -- oldest burial was from the '80s; there are older graves in other parts). It said a lot about the Philippine society. Most of the epitaphs were in English with a sprinkling of Tagalog, Spanish and Chinese. I hope you don't think blogging about them is disrespectful. I did leave out the names.

Since I was a Spanish major, I took pictures of the Spanish ones:

"Your children and grandchildren will never forget you"; It says "Un recuerdo afectuoso de sus hijos" (A fond remembrance from their children) - I think they intend to scrape off the black paint later to make the letters stand out

Many played it safe and used standard epitaph text: "Your Memory Remains in Our Hearts Forever" "Ours for a Little While, With God Forever", etc. 

I thought this one had the correct attitude:

I thought this was concise, but romantic:

My mind immediately cooked up a story for this one. She was so young too, see?

The following, I'm quite unsure of:

"Come to me who are tired and heavenly laden..." Was it an honest error or a pun?

The statement is a little awkward, but we all get the gist and that's what's important.

I'm really not sure about this one. I think the love in life and in death should at least be equal, if not more in life when it counted, right? It could be there's a context I don't know about...


Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Those are great! Now you've given me an idea. I think I have to do one of these posts.

The Kano said...

Yes, I would be worried about being loved more in death than in life, also!

Bending Birches said...

love this...very interesting...probably the most interesting thing I've seen here in blogland in a good while...
...I love cemeteries. I spent a lot of time in them, as my grandfather created and laid tombstones for a living..I spent summers with my grandparents, and spent many mornings walking around them; looking at epitaphs, photos, flowers, etc. It made me wonder so much as a young child. I still walk through the cemetery near our house from time to time...I've always wondered, what with so many people who die every day, why are there not even more cemeteries? Where is everyone going? Surely not everyone is being cremated...sorry for the macabre ponderings...
my grandfather passed away 5 years ago this month...ironically, he did not make his own tombstone. His epitaph is the same as one you observed ('to love is christ, to die is gain..')....the first thing I noticed about his tombstone was that the lettering was somewhat crooked. Boy, he would have been ticked!
great post. Thanks:)

spinninglovelydays said...

@Sharkbytes: I'm looking forward to your post. :)

@Dave: I'm thinking whatever the thought was, it just wasn't articulated well, lol

@Bending Birches: Wow, thanks very much. I'm glad others can relate to my fascination for graveyards. :)

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Marnie said...

I love reading epitaphs when I visit grave sites too. I also like walking around seeing some of the older headstones. Those older ones are seriously a work of art. Too bad the person it's for can't enjoy it ;0)

You have a nice blog. I'm now following.


spinninglovelydays said...

I love really old graveyards too. This one was developed in the '60s so the tombstones are relatively new. Thanks for following. :)

Melly said...

I like the life & love one the best!
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spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks for following! :)

chubskulit said...

Those are very good messages. I lov your pretty daughter's facial experessions hehehe

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, chubskulit! :)

John | Daily Photo said...

I'm always curious about the story behind the inscription. :-) I have a few photos of tombstones that caught my eye. I'll have to post them :-)

spinninglovelydays said...

It's definitely more fascinating when epitaphs are more revealing than the standard ones. Looking forward to seeing your tombstone photos. :)