Parade of the Dead: The Final Music to the Grave

Like any other towns and cities in the Philippines, the heritage city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur also has traditional way of leading the dead body to it's final destination on Earth - the grave.

On this busy street called the Liberation Boulevard, and near the famed Calle Crisologo, this marching funeral band is the front liner of the march.

They create loud music to this busy street occupying one lane of the road resulting to a heavy and a congested traffic flow.

There is also a majorette that signals the band what to play. With trumpets, bass drums and cymbals, the street is filled with a loud sound grabbing the noise of the vehicles that used to create a traffic sound.

2 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. This is actually the first time I've read/heard about a marching funeral band! Very interesting. I wonder where this practice sprouted.

  2. Pinay Travel Junkie,

    Yup, I think it dates back during pre-Spanish time.