On day two of our stay in Manila, we decided to start the day by visiting the Chinese Cemetery which is one of the most fascinating places I've ever visited.
On the way to the subway station we saw this amazing sculpture/memorial to Katipunan - which was a Filipino revolutionary society founded by anti-Spanish Filipinos in the late 1800s. This history of The Philippines is so amazing, I felt like I learnt so much in our short trip but I really want to know more (and go back and visit again!).
The other great thing about visiting is it showed use just how nice Filipinos are, I don't think they get many white people in this area and everyone asked us if we were looking for the Chinese Cemetery and were happy to show us the way. There were a few kids in this area that were so excited to see us too - I felt the back of my skirt snag and I thought I had caught it on something, but when I turned around there was and excited little girl staring up at me saying "Hello!! What's your name" when I told her she just looked so happy and excited I was talking to her.
When you arrive at the cemetery, there are guards and you are offered a tour guide, however we chose to go it alone.
However, if you're desperate I can understand why, at least you would have shelter from the harsh sunlight during the day. Also while some of the buildings were looked after really well others were derelict. I guess in some cases a family line has died out and in others the family may have moved to another country and can no longer maintain the buildings.
It also has to be said that many of the buildings in the Chinese cemetery were in better condition than the buildings we saw people living in outside the cemetery gates.