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Earning a living on the Day of the Dead

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FILIPINOS braved the crowds and the rain to visit the graves of deceased loved ones over the weekend. By night, cemeteries still buzzed with life.

It was a common sight to see children during the day and on to the night scraping wax off candlesticks and the pavement. The collected wax gets sold by weight so new candles could be made from them. The children earn some pocket change for every kilo they sell.

Other older people sold food and drink in stalls littered in almost every available space. Some served as caretakers of mausoleums and graveyards. Others sold toys and other knickknacks that kept children entertained. But by far the most the most lucrative of them all would be the flowers and candles, which is a staple during Undas.

Whatever they offered, many Filipinos find opportunities to earn a living on the Day of the Dead. — UP J102 THR

(The story was produced by the Journ 102 News writing and reporting class, section THR, of the UP College of Mass Communication)