In parts of Asia like Manila, a shortage of space for graveyards has led to a boom in the profitable business of Memorial Parks.
GV PAN OVER Graveyard in Manila
CU Man digging grave
SV PAN FROM Newly dug graves to graveyard
LV Men work on tombstones (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Flowers to poorer graves in Chinese cemetery
CU Joss-sticks burning on grave
GV Mausoleums (2 shots)
GV Signboards advertising memorial parks (3 shots)
CU PAN UP FROM Flowers across memorial park
SV Statue of Christ
LV Coffin carried across park for burial and placed on to grave (2 shots)
SV Mourners PAN TO coffin being lowered into grave (4 shots)
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Background: In parts of Asia like Manila, a shortage of space for graveyards has led to a boom in the profitable business of Memorial Parks.
Enterprising businessmen buy large tracts of land, turn them into gardens, and sell burial plots. In a stagnant economy, the Memorial Park business is thriving as never before.
The owners are selling a scarce commodity in a land of exploding population growth, and demand can only increase.
As one park owner remarked in satisfaction: "The Parks have become so attractive and inviting that people are dying to get there."