Tomb Raiders

Manila North Cemetery’s population is very much alive

At least six thousand people arrived at Manila’s North Cemetery well ahead of schedule: for they are all still alive. The space reserved for the dead, in the capital of the Philippines which counts more than 12 million inhabitants and suffocates under the weight of an out-of-control overpopulation, is invaded by the living: families without a home, or those who have lost it due to the economic crisis , find lodging among the tombs of the vast North Cemetery. Sometimes they occupy them illegally, others with the permission of the owners, who in turn ask them to clean and provide routine maintenance of the grave. So, over time, the mausoleums have turned into living quarters, and the cemetery into a neighborhood where the celebrations for a newborn child are more frequent than the funerals.

( 2016 )