All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the Philippines are jointly known as Undas. On these solemn days, Filipinos are expected to pull out from their busy schedule and visit their deceased loved ones.
But some incidents could just break the supposed-to-be solemn atmosphere. These are traffic, unfortunate scenes of robberies, and fires which are all stressful. And though there are things that can be out of our control, still there are all other ways that we can do to alleviate their negative effects on us. The following are some tips for you to have a hassle-free undas when in the Philippines.
BOOK AND PLAN YOUR TRAVEL AHEAD OF TIME
On those two days, people will most probably flock to cemeteries all over the country. If you desire to get rid of the heavy and annoying traffic, be sure that you have finalized your travel plans a week ahead. Some would use this as a long vacation and go to places such as beaches. If you are one of those, book your flights and trips in advance so it would not be difficult for you to get a comfortable seat.
GET WEATHER UPDATES FROM TIME TO TIME
We all know that the Philippines is a typhoon-prone area, and we all want a smooth and safe trip, too. Thus, it is very important to get weather updates so we will know if it is safe to travel or not. The PAG ASA has an official website as well as official pages on social networking sites so we could easily connect with them.
KNOW ALL THE ALTERNATIVE ROAD ROUTES
Because traffic is almost everywhere now, driving can be frustrating. During undas, be sure to have a peek at a driver’s book, have your Google Maps app ready, and check for all alternative routes to your destination.
STOCK UP ON CANDLES
As the “Ber” months begin, candle prices also increase. Since candles are obviously not perishable, you can have a stock of them at home. Anyway, it can be used not only during undas but also for many purposes such as during power interruptions
KNOW THE LOCATION OF SECURITY AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL
This time of the year is one of the most crowded times in the country. With that, the cemeteries have tightened their security and medical personnel, as well as firefighters, are deployed in nearby areas. So while visiting your loved ones, you must also be vigilant as we may not know what’s happening around us. If possible, approach one of the personnel and ask for their contact number. Do not keep your things unattended, and watch out for suspicious people around.