Sta. Barbara no longer has a funerary chapel or capilla, unlike the other cemeteries I’ve featured. What is special about Sta. Barbara though is the stone tablet found just above its arched entrance of bricks and iron grills. Because of its cute size, many people, Sta. Barbaranhons included, have failed to notice it. Of the cemetery inscriptions I’ve discovered, Sta. Barbara’s really made me smile. Written in Kinaray-a (Iloilo’s other major language) was a rather subtle warning to the living. “Ig-ampo nino cami. Car-on sa amun, buas sa ino.” (Pray for us. Now is our time. Tomorrow, it will be your turn.) Whether this was meant to be a threatening or humorous warning is for the living to interpret.
Published May 19, 2007 by Inday Joy