This community has been in this graveyard for 30 to 40 years. There are probably more than three thousand families here. Some of the residents have built their houses out into the sea. While others live in the walls of the cemetery.


In the morning it is quiet. In early 1980, at the time this colony is developing it is used to be a dangerous place. There were lots of murders and crimes. Houses were mostly made out of cardboard. The walls were made from styrofoam, plastic, and sacks. If you tapped the wall everything would fall apart.

Current situation

As time past now life is somewhat better for them. Now some families have entertainment like TVs as well. They have some small shops to get their basic necessities. Most people moved here because they couldn’t afford the rent anywhere else.


These people do not hesitate to take any job that will earn them money. They catch fishes, sell eggs or even sell charcoals. Some work in the cemetery. Their little children also support their day to day life.

Now, these areas overpopulated because the long term residents tell their relatives to come and live with them. So they come there and start doing fishing.

Graveyard cleaners

For 20 pesos (0.39 USD) they open and clean the graves. To close the grave they charge 50 pesos. 5 years after a body put into the tombstone they open it. Clean it and place the bones in a sack. Most of the time relatives don’t take them back.

Closing a tombstone

These people live a very simple life, they are happy as long as they can feed their children. They don’t wish for anything big.

Some people even sell their lands in the countryside and start living here. They work hard to send their kids to schools. If their children couldn’t make them a better living then they will bury in the same graveyard where they were lived and got older.

There is no clue who named this are as Bagong Silang, but when it translated to English it means “New Born”

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