Familia Luzuriaga Cemetery

Satellite image of the Familia Luzuriaga Cemetery in Bacolod City

Now here’s something interesting. Did you know that the Familia Luzuriaga Cemetery in Bacolod is “the only cemetery in the world at the intersection of two highways” according to the Guinness World Records? Well, that’s what many websites say but I could not verify that since the Guinness World Records website does not contain all the 40,000+ records and the print edition is also unlikely to have this obscure record. Anyway, the record is a misnomer because the cemetery is actually an island of Lopez Jaena Street and that only one end (shown below) is located at the intersection with Burgos Avenue.

Photo of the gate of the Luzuriaga Cemetery Photo by Yeweifang.

If you zoom out a bit in Google Maps, you can see the huge Bacolod Cemetery to the east. Now why do the Luzuriagas have such a special location for their family’s remains? Well, the Ruiz de Luzuriaga family is a prominent clan in Negros whose forefather, Don Eusebio Ruiz de Luzuriaga, hails from the proud Basque Country in Spain and France. His son, José Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a rich sugar businessman, became part of Philippine history when he was appointed the President of the Constituent Assembly of the short-lived Negros Republic that existed in 1899 following the Negros Revolution against the Spanish colonial government. The lot of José’s hacienda house is where the Bacolod City Hall now stands.

If you’re interested to learn more, here’s a Flickr photo of the inside of the cemetery and here’s a forum thread where I gleaned much of the information about the Luzuriagas.

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September 11, 2008
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  1. Rogielyn Luzuriaga wrote on August 11, 2009 @ 02:50PM

    this is where my lolo and lola’s cemetery. thanks for the post!

  2. mark anthony Luzuriaga wrote on January 1, 2010 @ 01:42AM

    i would like to meet my relatives in bacolod.

  3. Ruby de Mesa Luzuriaga wrote on May 13, 2010 @ 02:42PM

    i am just curious if i am related to you or the clan in bacolod. i am from Legazpi City, Albay. if i am i’d like to meet my relatives there. by the way i am also looking for my lolo’s brother jose luzuriaga who left his homwtown in Daraga, ALbay because he did’nt like the way he was treated by his very dominant father. his brother ,now dead(my lolo Exzequiel) told us when he was alive that he has a brother who left and never bothered to write or communicate. his whereabouts is unknown, may be he died without knowing his family still looks for him.

  4. Mia wrote on October 28, 2010 @ 03:33PM

    Nice post Eugene!

    @Ruby de Mesa Luzuriaga: the Luzuriaga family in Negros Occidental (mostly in Bacolod) are actually the Ruiz de Luzuriaga family (yes, the entire thing is the surname). Some even shorten it and write it as R.de Luzuriaga. As early as 1840, Eusebio, the one who started the entire clan, settled in Negros Occidental — where the clan is still in up to this day.

  5. alice luzuriaga wrote on November 26, 2010 @ 02:27PM

    im just wondereing if i am related too if someone can contact me that would be great!!!!

  6. MJGO wrote on May 16, 2011 @ 04:02PM

    My girlfriend is a ruiz de luzuriaga (found this site while googling her name out of boredom). I’m fairly certain that 1.) your family has to have roots in negros and 2.) your family name has to be ruiz de luzuriaga (r. de luzuriaga) or de luzuriaga to consider yourself a part of the clan. My gf’s dad found RdL to be too long and just shortened it to dL.

  7. agerean wrote on August 29, 2012 @ 11:54AM

    What I know that this cemetery was listed on “Repley’s Believe it or Not” and not Guinness..

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