November 1 is when the Philippines observes Undas, a counterpart to the Mexican Dia del Muerte (Day of the Dead). People troop to cemeteries and graveyards with flowers and candles to lay at the tombs of their departed loved ones as a sign of remembrance and respect.
By October 31, many are on their way to their hometowns in the provinces. The city is left forlorn and abandoned.
Jupiter Street is usually one of the busiest streets in Makati, with wall-to-wall traffic and pedestrians thronging the sidewalks. On November 1, it is practically deserted.