I am not a big fan of cemeteries. They take up too much space. When I die, I would like my ashes buried beside a tree or scattered in the ocean, or used as kitty litter, and with the internet and all, I could have a memorial that only takes digital/cyber space.
Yet I find it quite appalling that the intended solemnity of cemeteries is ruined by all these restaurants with their banners all around (I was at Manila Memorial Park this morning).
Once upon a time, I would have derided 'commercialization' as the culprit, and perhaps would not have minded an ordinance banning such displays in supposed places of mourning. Such an attitude would have been careless.
GIVING THE CONSUMERS/PROPERTY OWNERS WHAT THEY WANT
Why criticize KFC, Army Navy (there's just something unsettling seeing the word 'burrito' next to gravestones), Yellow Cab, etc., when all they are doing is catering to consumers' desires? If people didn't appreciate such advertising, they wouldn't patronize these restaurants, right? The distastefulness can thus be traced to the restaurants' patrons. It takes two to tango.
Besides, what about Manila Memorial Park? It's the park's property, and I would not want to impinge on the owners' freedoms just because I find the restaurant banners appalling. Of course, if such advertising is in conflict with the contracts with lot owners, there would be a potential case.
'Commercialization' is a cop-out explanation, the solutions of which would not get to the root of the problem: people's sensibilities (or the lack thereof), the uplifting of which is not to be done by thwarting free choices, but by altering mentalities, something of which the threat of physical harm (i.e. government) is futile.