October 22, 2013

The Peculiar Graves of Nambaran, Tabuk, Kalinga

Nambaran, one of the forty-two barangays comprising the city of Tabuk in Kalinga, has a rather unusual practice when it comes to building graves for their deceased. The barangay's public cemetery features tombs built to copy particular forms and to reflect the deceased's interests or profession.

A tomb shaped like a church belongs to a dead catechist. A tomb featuring a mural of a rooster belongs to someone who used to love cockfighting. And a former member of the New People's Army has a grave painted with the Communist insignia. The practice reportedly started in the early 2000's.

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