MANILA- The country’s capital began the construction of its first exclusive cemetery for Muslim community on Wednesday, July 22.
The local government unit allocated about P49.3 million to accomplish its 2,400 square meters land project.
Besides the creation of a Cultural Hall for Muslims, the cemetery will be used as an exclusive ground for interment and transfer of deceased Muslim residents in Manila.
Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso personally lauded the Muslim community for their historic contributions, “Muslims brought greatness to us even before the Spaniards reached our shores. We were then the “Land of Rajahs” because rajahs ruled then the Kingdom of Manila, specifically the Rajah Sulayman Dynasty”.
Domagoso said due recognition must be given to them as they seemed to have been neglected.
In fact, contrary to Muslim’s 24-hour burial custom, Moreno cited some accounts of inconvenient procedures as Muslim residents in Manila are forced to bring their departed loved ones to Bulacan, Taguig or Mindanao.
Hence, the construction of the cemetery to ensure strict conformity to their beliefs and traditions.
“In recognition to the beliefs and tradition of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we are going to build the Manila Muslim Cemetery so that they will not travel far to bury their departed loved ones.” Domagoso added.